History of Unity

Unity is a worldwide movement of prayer and education that helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. Unity has been teaching the lessons of Jesus for more than 100 years, and supports all people in their individual quest to know God.

The Unity movement was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889 as a healing ministry based on the power of prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our own reality. The Fillmores regarded Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception; interpreted the Bible metaphysically; and taught that God is present within all of us.

Charles and Myrtle Fillmore of Kansas City began to explore methods of spiritual healing with remarkable results. Myrtle Fillmore, who had been given very little time to live, healed herself of tuberculosis through prayer and meditation and she lived many more decades. Her husband, Charles Fillmore, watched in amazement. He then set out to learn how it worked. He wrote as he learned, publishing a magazine "Modern Thought" and later the name of the magazine changed to "Unity."

The "Daily Word," a monthly booklet of inspirational readings, was first published in 1924 and is now published in 10 languages and is mailed to three-million homes.
Through their publications, the Fillmores encouraged prayer circles and spiritual study. They began to receive letters from people asking for special prayers. The "Silent Unity" prayer ministry began and now operates 24-hours a day, and yearly receives two-million letters and phone calls from all over the world. Silent Unity is based at the Unity Village campus near Kansas City, Missouri, along with the Unity Institute, which offers classes and retreats year-round and trains Unity ministers.