Eric Butterworth

Archive Letter Sheds Light on Social Change Within Unity

As a spiritual movement, Unity has evolved in its consciousness of race relations. Letters written in 1956 between a congregant and minister provide a snapshot of the social landscape and how attitudes were being challenged. 

It was 1956, and racial conflicts were escalating in the United States. Although a Supreme Court ruling upheld "separate but equal" facilities in 1896, African-Americans were beginning to challenge institutional racial segregation. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education had outlawed segregation in public schools in 1954.


We are in an age of great change … corporations are streamlining their workforces … industries are either being eliminated or are moving into new fields. … Jobs once considered to be secure are being eliminated. Many workers are being faced with … retraining for new fields of work [or] … launching out in entrepreneurial endeavors, calling for faith and vision and the need to tap into the universal flow of substance.

How to Turn Your Life Around

If you are not happy with the things that are repeatedly happening in your life, or with the direction in which you seem to be moving, you can turn it around. But first you must understand that it is your life, that you live in a world of your own thoughts, and that you can change your life by altering your thoughts whenever you really want to do so. This is not to say it is easy, but it is possible.

Abundant Living

Abundance is not a condition, but an attitude. Consider the often-asked question: “Is the glass half empty or half full?” How you answer can readily give you an idea of your prosperity consciousness.

In his book Spiritual Economics, Eric Butterworth explains, “The word prosperity comes from the Latin root which literally translates: ‘according to hope' or ‘to go forward hopefully.' Thus it is not so much a condition in life as it is an attitude toward life.”

Get Rid of Your Crutches

Eric Butterworth was an ordained Unity minister and author of numerous articles and books. The following excerpt is from his book Celebrate Yourself!

Excessive dependency is a common ailment. It may be in the form of leaning on friends, teachers, doctors or ministers. Or it may be a dependency on alcohol, cigarettes, coffee or drugs. We have been misled with the belief that we come into life as empty creatures who must find fulfillment in the world. Unless something happens within us that reveals our relationship to the divine flow, we look for sure harbors, strong arms and all kinds of synthetic means of support.

Techniques For Abundant Living

Eric Butterworth was an ordained Unity minister and author of numerous articles and books. The following excerpt is from his book Unity: A Quest for Truth.

Unity is not simply a church to join or a creed to espouse. Unity is a study of religion as a science of living. It is an interpretation of the teachings of Jesus Christ with prime emphasis on practice. Obviously, it will hold no interest for those whose religion is a white cloak to be wrapped around them on Sunday morning and then tossed into the six-day closet of unconcern.