Lenten Blessing

Beloved Unity Friends, I hope you are looking forward to our Lent Season!

I extend Blessings and Love to every person who is a part of the Unity Urban Ministerial School (UUMS).

I am pleased to congratulate the Graduates, the Ordinands, all family members, Faculty, UUMS Board Members, UUMS Alumni, UUMS Staff, all UUMS L&O volunteers, all UUMS students, all Unity Churches, all guests, donors, supporters and Program Participants who are sharing this significant Season.

I’m asking you to join me in praying this prayer during these 40 days of Lent:

What I Wish I Had Learned From Jim, Eric, Phil, James and Tom

I was raised Catholic and I saw God as an outside God and I feared God. I thought to myself “how could God let his son be crucified and torched as I looked at the Stations of the Cross?” It was not until years of study at Unity that I realized God was within me, I never knew the kingdom of God was within me. I never knew that I was an expression of God and that God creates thru me/us. Eric Butterworth quotes Mister Eckhart, by saying, “God only becomes God by outpouring himself into individual existence into his Divine multiplications,” which means to me simply God works in and thru me. I am a Divine Expression of God I Am made in His image and likeness.

Here are some other things I have learned in my studies at Unity Urban Ministerial School—

A Covenant of Faith

On December 7, 1892, the following statement was written and signed by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore:

“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 the object of our existence.

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

God the Good

The Dalai Lama states that Kindness is his religion. It may sound cliché, but if Kindness is the new religion, how do I get more? For me personally, I am mostly interested in relationship. Relationship to myself, relationship to God, relationship to my wife, relationship to my children, relationship to my employer and coworkers, relationship to my church and my friends here, relationship to the people I come across in the grocery store. Jesus said in Matthew: Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul and with all of your mind, and just as important, Love your neighbor as yourself. If kindness and love are related, I think that the Dalai Lama and Jesus of Nazareth have something in common.

If you do Your Work, God WILL Provide

When someone asked Charles Fillmore “Will you send me a paper and wait until I can pay for it?” he replied, “Certainly, we will. We know that it will bring to you, before the year is out that which will pay for it many times over….It will pay it’s own way.” This was the business model the Fillmores had for their work. I love this model! It has faith and prosperity all over it! God will always provide a way for your work.

I had a similar model when I started my business 19 years ago. Here's my story.

The Faith of a Mustard Seed: Lessons from the Life and Work of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore

“Truly I tell you, If you have Faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

My favorite story of Charles Fillmore, founder of Unity, took place in 1902 at the Society of Silent Help meeting. It had become evident that the fledgling organization had outgrown its current building and it was Fillmore’s vision to build one that would accommodate their increasing activities. Charles had enacted various committees to oversee the many aspects of the growing ministry. The Building committee was thought of as somewhat of a joke. During this meeting one of the Board members jokingly started the building fund by giving a one-cent piece. But the one-cent piece was not a joke to Charles Fillmore. He took it, gave thanks to God for it, and blessed it. To him, the building was on its way.

Soul Communion: Society of Silent Help v.2017

Silent Unity Prayer card by David Adams

“I am a child of God and therefore I do not inherit sickness.”

These were the words that leaped into the mind and heart of Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, as she and her husband Charles attended a lecture in 1886 by Dr. E.B. Weeks on a young movement called “New Thought.” They attended the lecture out of both curiosity and need; Myrtle was desperately ill, and the couple didn’t know where to turn. Unburdened by any particular connection to religious doctrine, the two sought Truth wherever it presented itself.

The speaker was a Board member and representative of the Illinois Metaphysical College, founded by Emma Curtis Hopkins in Chicago. Considered a “troublemaker,” Weeks was sent out regularly as a guest lecturer to get him out of town. Isn’t it interesting to know that the Unity movement, which has changed the lives of millions of people since its beginning in 1889, has its first roots in the words of a man seen as troublesome by his colleagues? There is an entire lesson available from this topic alone; we’ll save that for another day.

The words mentioned previously became Myrtle’s constant prayer. For two years she “lived, breathed, moved, and had her being” in them, and she was healed. Myrtle’s journey, as well as Charles’, are stunning testament to the power of faith and prayer.

What was the key to Myrtle’s healing?

Come for the Education, Stay for the Community

Hi Friends -

Welcome to the new Unity Urban Ministerial School emailing list. This is our first emailing and we added you because we believed you would want, as the picture says, "to stay for the community." If not, there is an unsubscribe button at the bottom of this page.

Next week begins what is known as "L&O"—Licensing an Ordination—at the Unity Urban Ministerial School (UUMS) offices in Detroit. L&O can be a stressful time for students, but I have been told that UUMS students affectionately refer to it as "Love and Order."