Since its inception in 1980 by founder Rev. Ruth Mosley, the Unity Urban Ministerial School has graduated hundreds of licensed ministers and teachers, shaping the Unity movement and bringing the Unity messages to a more diverse and inclusive audience.
Treasures of the Archives
Unity minister Rev. Ruth Mosley founded the Unity Urban Ministerial School in 1979 and was elected President of the Board of the Association of Unity Churches in 1982. She founded West Side Unity in Detroit in 1964 and was ordained in 1966.
Unity Minister Sallye Taylor founded Unity of the Inner City in Kansas City, Missouri, the Soul Food Unity Ministry, and wrote from a path with heart in her newsletter “Good News From Soul Food Ministry.” For her inner city work, Rev. Sallye Coe Taylor was recognized as one of the 50 most influential black women in Kansas City.
Unity minister and community leader Rev. Catherine Brooks founded Unity Temple of Truth in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1957 with her husband James. She was a pioneer of the Unity movement, helping thousands of blacks to be sustained by Unity principles …
Black Unity minister Rev. Johnnie Colemon was a pioneer in the Unity movement, the first African-American student to be allowed to live on Unity grounds. Her message “It Works if You Work It” and her actions demonstrated that exclusion is shortsighted, and something that Unity or New Thought dare not support …
Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore understood Christmas as a season of great joy and expectancy but also viewed it as a time for inner celebration when the Christ is born in human hearts.
“The Divine Man, which Jesus brought forth, must be born into the consciousness of the Higher Self, or the Birth of Christ,” Charles Fillmore wrote in “Christmas,” published in the December 1919 issue of Unity magazine.
In the tradition of the season, the Fillmores enjoyed exchanging gifts and spending time with family and friends. They also saw Christmas more in metaphysical terms—beyond the physical birth of Jesus.
Cora Dedrick, born December 15, 1876, was ordained a Unity minister in 1918 and married Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore in 1933. She contributed extensively to Unity thought with authored pieces. However, her diligent compilation of Charles Fillmore’s private papers may be her most notable contribution to Unity history.
Most of the handwritten letters, lecture notes, and even Charles’ informal scribblings that are now organized and housed at the Unity Archives at Unity Village came from Cora Fillmore. It was from these papers that Cora compiled Keep a True Lent and Atom-Smashing Power of Mind, two of Charles Fillmore’s most important literary contributions.
Unity has historically viewed the season of Advent as an inner search of mind and heart.
Cofounder Charles Fillmore spoke of Unity and Advent in a January 24, 1923, radio broadcast called “Christ Mind, the Second Coming of Christ.” He shared his thoughts on his understanding that “Christ is an idea in divine mind,” and highlighted the universality of the Christ, the divine essence that dwells in every human being.
“Like the idea of mathematics or music or any of the exact sciences, there is an idea of a perfect Christ in divine mind,” he told the (Unity station) WOQ audience.
Unity cofounder Myrtle Fillmore called gratitude and thanksgiving “qualities of the soul.” The practice of thanksgiving, she said, should be observed in the home every day of the year, not just on the national holiday.
“Heaven and earth listen and respond to the soul that is quickened into praise and thanksgiving,” she said. “Praise is gratitude in action.”
The quote comes from How to Let God Help You, a book by Myrtle Fillmore published posthumously in 1956. (She transitioned 25 years earlier.) In the preface, Warren Meyer said he pulled from Myrtle’s letters, Unity columns, and her lectures to create the collection of Myrtle’s teachings. One chapter is titled “Thanksgiving.”
Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore had three sons—Lowell Page, Waldo Rickert, and John Royal. Each would become known for his unique skills, personality, and contributions to the movement during his years of service.
Lowell was the oldest, born in Pueblo, Colorado, on January 4, 1882; Waldo, known as Rickert or Rick, was born June 1, 1884, also in Pueblo; and, John Royal, known as Royal, was born July 16, 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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