Unity Basic Principles
What Unity Teaches
Unity of Flagstaff started in 1984, meeting at Coconino Center for the Arts. After that they met at 4th St. in Knoles Village Square. From 2006 to October of 2016, Unity of Flagstaff enjoyed a church home on Black Bill Road. Recently UOF chose to move Sunday Services to a location closer to NAU and Downtown to celebrate the energy of Flagstaff.
Unity was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore.
Born Mary Caroline Page, Myrtle Fillmore grew up with strict Methodist parents, but she rejected their puritanical teachings. She had contracted tuberculosis at a young age, and spent a great part of her life seeking a cure. In 1888, she became gravely ill, but she thought she couldn’t do anything about it, because she had been sick for so long. But after attending a New Thought class held by Dr. E.B. Weeks, Myrtle left with a stronger faith in God and a new way to pray. She affirmed, “I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness,” and she believed that she would get better.
She subsequently recovered from her chronic tuberculosis, which she attributed to her use of prayer and other New Thought methods learned in Weeks’ class.
Intrigued, her husband, Charles Fillmore, tested her theory by utilizing the same prayer process to cure his life-long hip problem, which had resulted from a childhood skating accident. When his hip began to heal, he was fascinated, and became a devoted student of philosophy and religion.
In 1889, Charles left his business to focus entirely on publishing a new periodical, Modern Thought. In 1890 Charles and Myrtle organized a prayer group that would later be called “Silent Unity” and in the following year, the Fillmore’s Unity magazine was first published.
Dr. H. Emilie Cady published a series titled Lessons in Truth in the new magazine. The material was later compiled and published in a book by the same name, which served as a seminal work of the Unity movement.
Although Charles had no intention of making Unity into a denomination, his students wanted a more organized group. He and his wife were among the first ordained Unity ministers in 1906. Charles and Myrtle Fillmore first operated the Unity organization from a campus near downtown Kansas City. Unity began a formal program for training ministers in 1931.
Through nurturing, heart-centered activities, we at Unity of Flagstaff dedicate ourselves to spiritual growth. We seek and serve the divine light within as we honor all God’s expressions. By our actions we demonstrate abundance, peace and love in the world.
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