In a recent Sunday talk, co-minister Shad Groverland shared inspiring and insightful elements that related the essential definition of Unity as Christian. And there is much to be understood from Shad’s statement, “Unity is Christianity the way Jesus meant it to be.” Watch “Healing Our Religious Past” from March 24, 2019.
First, let’s be aware that when Charles Fillmore wrote the credo defining Unity, almost strictly as “a continuation of the educational system inaugurated by Jesus Christ”, he wrote in the late 1800s while living in Kansas City, Missouri – a time when Eastern Spirituality and Mysticism were just about non-existent in the US, including Missouri.
To be sure, Fillmore studied many of the religions and spiritual disciplines of India and the Far East before writing his credo. And as I was taught in the Unity Ministerial School, he studied the Eastern Religions, seeking to discovere what spiritual ideas they agreed on – and not where they were in disagreement. Thus, the name Unity was chosen by the Fillmores to represent the agreed-upon Truth at the heart of every major religion, Eastern and Western. Charles and Myrtle Fillmore also chose the Bible and the teachings of Jesus (correctly and metaphysically interpreted) as the basic Unity guidelines – mainly because their “New Thought” approach was tailored to the majority of Americans at that time who were only familiar with the Bible. It is also considered true that Jesus studied the deeper, esoteric truths of Judaism (Kabbalah) and traveled to India and the “Far East” where he studied tenets and practices of the Eastern Religions before returning to teach in his home country of Israel.
In short, Unity is a mind-opening, life-transforming collection of Universal Truths. Christian, yes, but not exclusively Christian.
Your Friend on the Path,