Unity: A Path for Spiritual Living
- Founded at the turn of the 20th century by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore based on spiritual healing using positive prayer and the practice of the presence of Spirit.
- Unity Community of Central Oregon, was founded in 2001 and dedicated to sharing a message of personal and planetary spiritual transformation.
- Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Spirituality based on the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, and other great masters.
- We practice and demonstrate the power of positive prayer.
- Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path. Unity is a center of spiritual light for people of the world. We are dedicated to letting this light shine so brightly that people become more aware of their spiritual nature and express it in their daily lives. We address physical, mental and emotional needs through affirmative prayer and spiritual education. We serve those who seek inspiration and prayer support as well as those who use Unity teachings as their primary path of spiritual growth.
Unity Community of Central Oregon is a member of Association of Unity Churches International, an organization founded to serve the ministries of Unity around the world.
A Brief History of Unity:
Our parent organization of Unity began as a prayer group in the 1890’s by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in Kansas City, MO. Myrtle had healed herself from chronic tuberculosis through prayer and positive thinking which she had learned from classes taught by Dr. E.B. Weeks… and because of her amazing results, others wanted to learn this method. Although Charles had no intention of making Unity into a denomination, their students wanted a more organized group. He and his wife were among the first ordained Unity ministers in 1906. Unity began a formal program for training ministers in 1931 and Unity Village is now located on 1200 acres 15 miles SE of Kansas City and has hundreds of centers and study groups across the U.S and the world. Today the Unity Movement has two branches headquartered in Lee’s Summit, MO:
Unity World Headquarters that serves spiritual seekers and Unity constituents through prayer support (Silent Unity), publications, education, retreats, events, and online resources.
Unity Worldwide Ministries that serves Unity ministers and leaders, Unity spiritual communities and other ministries, providing program materials, resources, and educational initiatives.
Our Local Community:
Our Unity Community was founded in Bend in 2001 by Rev. Teri Hawkins and her husband, Steve, along with a small group of founding members using the original name of Unity Center for Positive Living. We met in several different locations in Bend over the years and in 2010 we moved to our current location at the High Desert Community Grange and changed our name to Unity Community of Central Oregon. Rev. Jane Hiatt took over as senior minister in 2011 when Rev. Teri made the decision to return to the corporate world coaching others how to speak to groups effectively and dynamically. Rev. Jim Pasmore is our associate minister and speaks whenever his world travels allows.
What We Believe:
Our name says it all… UNITY! We believe that ALL people are created with sacred worth and therefore we use teachings from various religions of the world among other texts to show how we are all connected through GOD by love.
The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are:
- There is only one power and one presence. You might call this presence God, Higher Power, Source, All That Is, Spirit, Universe, etc… it does not matter. We generally use the term God but feel free to substitute a name that feels best for you. This God is all good and present everywhere.
- We are spiritual beings and the spirit of God lives within every person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
- We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. Thinking results in beliefs and beliefs result in our actions. We can change our lives by changing our thinking.
- There is power in affirmative prayer. Prayer does not change God… affirmative prayer changes us so we are better able to receive.
- Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.