Unity Magazine

Unity: A World Religion

Excerpted from a past Unity Magazine® column, "Life Is A Wonder."

Unity held a meeting and the whole world came. You may think that is an exaggeration, but that is how I felt about it. We called the meeting the first Unity World Conference, and that is what it was. It was held at the Metropole Hotel on the grounds of The National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, from August 8 through August 13, 1995.

The Volcano That Taught Me to Listen

For about half my life, I thought of prayer as my activity. I would talk to God, telling God all of my thoughts, concerns, and wishes. When I was done, I would thank God and be on my way with the rest of my daily routine. Only later did I discover that a deeper dimension of prayer, perhaps the most important, is listening. Some call it the Silence. It is where we meet God's activity.

In the Silence

Excerpted from a past Unity Magazine® column, "Life Is a Wonder."

There is a place to which you can turn for rest and release from fear and care. It is a holy place. Stillness fills it. The peace of God is in it. There your mind becomes like a little child's, lovely and true and pure. There your thought is stayed on the things that are good and just and merciful. When you enter, the world outside and all your troubles drop away and you rise at last, body stilled, mind stilled, refreshed, and restored.

Greater Good Is Knocking at Life's Door

Excerpted from a past Unity Magazine® column "The Spiritual Journey."

The spiritual journey, like all journeys, begins with a single step. Oddly, that which leads to the highest and most fulfilling life often begins with discontent. We know that life can be more than it seems to be; therefore, we are motivated, but often not to live a spiritual life. Our initial motivation is to dispel pain. If the pain subsides, we breathe a sigh of relief and forget the spiritual search, but in a short period of time the discontent returns, and we seek again.

Recovering From Mistaken Identity

Reprinted from the January 1997 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Whether we know it or not, our life is a quest for the answer to the question: Who am I? How will we answer it?

“Do you believe in a midlife crisis?" my twenty-something daughter Debi asked me recently.

"You're hardly old enough for a midlife crisis," I quipped.

"Oh, it's not me; it's Cindy," she said. Cindy was one of Deb's best friends and about 10 years her senior, just the right age for such a crisis.

How to Stop Putting New Wine Into Old Wineskins

How to Stop Putting New Wine Into Old Wineskins

Reprinted from the January 1996 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Jesus constantly challenged religious practices gone stale, their original meaning long forgotten and now become simply public ritual. He warned, "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them" (Mt. 6:1).

One day he was confronted with the question of fasting. The disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees fasted. Jesus' disciples did not. People asked him why. Jesus took this opportunity to speak about what it means to really change from a consciousness of living by public ritual to a consciousness of authentic spiritual life.

The Nonviolent Revolution

Gandhi said his religion was based on truth and nonviolence. His practice of ahimsa—a love for all humans, even one’s opponents—led to a communication technique that has changed people’s lives.


Perhaps Gandhi is best known for saying “be the change you wish to see”—but it is something else Gandhi spoke about—nonviolence—that changed the life of Unity minister Lori Woodley. 

Now she is changing the lives of others.

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.