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The Unity Movement: Its Evolution and Spiritual Teachings [Hardcover]

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Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.33"
Weight:   1.89 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN  1890151920  
EAN  9781890151928  

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Prayer meetings held in 1889 in the Kansas City living room of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore were the beginning of what grew to be an international religious and educational movement. This book is the first in-depth study of the people and beliefs that shaped it into one of the fastest growing movements of our time. Today there are 170,000 Unity students who are members of Unity centers and churches and attend Unity classes both in the churches and at Unity School. More than 20,000 people subscribe to Unity magazine, and 1.2 million subscribe to Unity's Daily Word. The Association of Unity Churches provides services to over 1,000 ministries worldwide. Unity's 24-hour prayer ministry responds to more than 2 million prayer requests each year, including approximately 1.1 million phone calls and 1 million letters. Neal Vahle documents the lives of the spiritual visionaries who created, organized, and led the Unity movement: Myrtle Fillmore, the 40-year-old wife and mother who was inspired by a Christian Science practitioner to cure herself of tuberculosis; Charles Fillmore, who had planned a business career but found, through study, prayer, meditation, and dream analysis, that he had another calling; H. Emily Cady, a New York City homeopathic physician whose book on Unity teachings, Lessons in Truth, was published in 1901, and has sold more than 1.6 million copies; Lowell Fillmore, eldest son of Charles and Myrtle, who clarified and popularized

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Neal Vahle has served as publishing director of Heldref Publications in Washington, DC, and as editor of several periodicals, including World Affairs, Current, New Realities, Re-Source, and Unity Magazine. He holds a PhD in American History from Georgetown University and has taught at The American University, The Catholic University of America, and George Mason University. He is also the author of Open at the Top: The Life of Ernest Holmes and Torchbearer to Light the Way: The Life of Myrtle Fillmore. He lives in Corte Madera, California.


Neal Vahle currently resides in Corte Madera, in the state of California.

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The History of Unity Church  Aug 12, 2006
Neal Vahle has written a dense and sometimes dry history of the Unity Church. It began with Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889 after Myrtle was healed of various illnesses including tuberculosis after attending a few Christian Science meetings.

The Fillmore's believed that Christ was born human but was not any more divine than the rest of us. Unity Church is considered a Christian church because Jesus is regarded so highly due to the fact that he is the one human that has reached the highest enlightenment.

"Myrtle was repelled by the puritanical teachings on sin and the nature of evil" of other Christian churches. Although free will was considered important to the Church--sex was not encouraged for anything but procreation. The book quotes Charles as saying, "It followed that men and women must refrain from sexual relations to conserve the 'seminal substance' and make it available to revitalize the body". The Church believes/believed in bodily regeneration and reincarnation. Neither one of them attained total bodily regeneration but Charles did live an impressive 94 years.

Early in the Church's history the Fillmores received/developed the 12 Powers which were a basic teaching of Unity and they were: Spiritual Understanding, Faith, Divine Love, Power, Imagination, Zeal, Will, Life, Strength, Order, Judgement, and renunciation.

Vahle has written a balanced book which tells of the other side of the story. He has chapters on what the established protestant churches passionately feel are the down falls of Unity such as Unity's denial of the need to be born again through accepting Jesus as son of God. He writes of the Churches segregation of blacks while promoting the rights of women. He tells of the many who consider Unity to be a fringe or even a cult group among many outsiders. Unity also has very few members worldwide.

Mr. Vahle neglects to mention the current statis of teachings. As a non-member, I really wouldn't know what to expect if I happen to walk into a service these days. I'm sure the Church has evolved--but how?

I did find on the official Unity's website what are considered to be the 5 BASIC UNITY PRINCIPLES. They are: 1. There is only on presence and one power active as the universe and as my life, God the good, 2. Our essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently good, This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ, 3. We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind, 4. Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God. Denial and affirmations are tools we use, 5. Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the truth we know.

Please Note: I have actually given this book 4 stars--not 5. One star was added when I was editing my review and I could not change it back to 4.


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