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 was founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri, by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. After Mrs. Fillmore's remarkable healing using prayer and affirmations, many friends became interested in how she accomplished this healing. Unity grew from small prayer circles in living rooms to the worldwide movement it is today.
Unity is part of a uniquely American spiritual movement sometimes called New Thought. It combines a new understanding on the teachings of Jesus with universal spiritual principles--especially as expressed in the Transcendentalist writings of Emerson and Thoreau, among others.
Unity began as study groups and small prayer circles, grew into a publishing and educational ministry, and now includes more than 1000 churches and groups worldwide.
Its headquarters, Unity Village near Kansas City, Missouri, is home to Unity Worldwide Ministries (Association of Unity Churches International), which trains students to be Unity ministers. Unity's publications such as Unity Magazine and Daily Word, and the prayer ministry Silent Unity also are housed at Unity Village.