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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT CENTER
 942 S. Oates Street, Dothan
 Alabama, 36301
Phone: 334-794-2840
 Sunday Service @ 11:00 a.m.
       Wednesday Service @ 6:00 p.m. 

 

HISTORY OF UNITY

 

Charles Fillmore

Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Charles Fillmore founded Unity, a spiritual organization within the New Thought movement, with his wife, Myrtle Page Fillmore, in 1889. He became known as an American mystic for his intuitive guidance and his contributions to allegorical interpretations of Scripture.

 

An ice-skating accident when he was 10 broke Fillmore's hip and left him with longtime physical challenges. In his early years, despite little formal education, he studied Shakespeare, Tennyson, Emerson and Lowell as well as works on spiritualism, Eastern religions and the occult.

 

He met his future wife, Myrtle Page, in Denison, Texas, in the mid-1870s. After losing his job there, he moved to Gunnison, Colorado, where he worked at mining and real estate.

Myrtle Fillmore

Myrtle was the eighth child (of nine) of an Ohio businessman-farmer. Born Mary Caroline Page, she adopted the name Myrtle in early childhood and used it the rest of her life. Her parents were strict Methodists, but Myrtle rejected their puritanical teachings. She contracted tuberculosis at a young age.

At the age of 21, Myrtle enrolled in the Literary Course for Ladies at Oberlin College. After graduating in 1867, she taught in Clinton, Missouri. She spent the next 13 years there, with the exception of 1877-78, when she spent a year in Denison, Texas, hoping to recover from tuberculosis.

Introduction to New Thought

Charles married Myrtle in Clinton, Missouri, on March 29, 1881, and the newlyweds moved to Pueblo, Colorado, where Charles established a real estate business with the brother-in-law of Nona Lovell Brooks, who was later to found the Church of Divine Science.

After the births of their first two sons, Lowell Page and Waldo Rickert Fillmore, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Two years later, in 1886, Charles and Myrtle attended New Thought classes held by Dr. E. B. Weeks. Myrtle subsequently recovered from chronic tuberculosis and attributed her recovery to her use of prayer and other methods learned in Weeks' classes. Subsequently Charles began to heal from his childhood accident, a development that he, too, attributed to following this philosophy. Charles Fillmore became a devoted student of philosophy and religion.

A Growing Movement

In 1889, Charles left his business to focus entirely on publishing a new periodical, Modern Thought. In 1890 they organized a prayer group that would later be called "Silent Unity" and in the following year, the Fillmore's Unity magazine was first published. On December 7, 1892, Charles and Myrtle penned their Dedication and Covenant: [Click to view the original document]

We, Charles Fillmore and Myrtle Fillmore, husband and wife, hereby dedicate ourselves, our time, our money, all we have and all we expect to have, to the Spirit of Truth, and through it, to the Society of Silent Unity.

It being understood and agreed that the said Spirit of Truth shall render unto us an equivalent for this dedication, in peace of mind, health of body, wisdom, understanding, love, life and an abundant supply of all things necessary to meet every want without our making any of these things the object of our existence.

In the presence of the Conscious Mind of Christ Jesus, this 7th day of December A.D. 1892.

Charles Fillmore
Myrtle Fillmore

Dr. H. Emilie Cady published a series titled Lessons in Truth in the new magazine. This material later was compiled and published in a book by the same name, which served as a seminal work of Unity. 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.

Myrtle Fillmore died in 1931. Charles remarried in 1933 to Cora G. Dedrick who was a collaborator on his later writings. Charles Fillmore made his transition in 1948.

 

Upcoming Services
  • Unity Sunday Sun. 17 Dec, 2017 (11:00 am) Join us for our Sunday Inspiration Service at 11:00 a.m.  - "A Life of Courage". 
  • Unity Sunday Sun. 17 Dec, 2017 (11:00 am) Join us for our Sunday Inspiration Service at 11:00 a.m.  - "A Life of Courage". 
  • Unity Sunday Sun. 24 Dec, 2017 (11:00 am) Join us for our Sunday Inspiration Service at 11:00 a.m.  - "A Life of Truth". 
Upcoming Events
  • A Course in Miracles Sun. 17 Dec, 2017 (9:45 am) We are pleased to present A Course in Miracles each Sunday @ 9:45 am.
  • Sunday Meditation Sun. 17 Dec, 2017 (10:30 am) Before the Service Join us for Sunday Meditation.  Held each Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.
  • CSL Wednesday Sun. 17 Dec, 2017 (6:00 pm) Join us on Wednesday evenings for a lively discussion on varying subjects or it just might be a movie night. Whatever it is, you will learn, grow and enjoy!!  At present we are studying the bo...
  • CSL Wednesday Wed. 20 Dec, 2017 (6:00 pm) Join us on Wednesday evenings for a lively discussion on varying subjects or it just might be a movie night. Whatever it is, you will learn, grow and enjoy!!  At present we are studying the bo...
  • Dothan Rescue Mission Meal Service Thu. 21 Dec, 2017 (5:00 pm) Join us at the Dothan Rescue Mission for a special Christmas Party/Meal Service, when we will be distributing Christmas gift bags.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share your culinary skill...
  • A Course in Miracles Sun. 24 Dec, 2017 (9:45 am) We are pleased to present A Course in Miracles each Sunday @ 9:45 am.
  • Sunday Meditation Sun. 24 Dec, 2017 (10:30 am) Before the Service Join us for Sunday Meditation.  Held each Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.
  • CSL Wednesday Sun. 24 Dec, 2017 (6:00 pm) Join us on Wednesday evenings for a lively discussion on varying subjects or it just might be a movie night. Whatever it is, you will learn, grow and enjoy!!  At present we are studying the bo...
  • CSL Wednesday Wed. 27 Dec, 2017 (6:00 pm) Join us on Wednesday evenings for a lively discussion on varying subjects or it just might be a movie night. Whatever it is, you will learn, grow and enjoy!!  At present we are studying the bo...
  • A Course in Miracles Sun. 31 Dec, 2017 (9:45 am) We are pleased to present A Course in Miracles each Sunday @ 9:45 am.
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