July 2013 - Essays on the Eternal

 ~Rev. Ric Schumacher



Changes in Unity!





I spend a significant amount of my time involved with reviewing the potential changes in the Unity Movement. Many people are unaware that there are at least three different Unity organizations. The one organization most of the members of this congregation are aware of is this ministry, known as Unity Centre for Spiritual Living. We are your church; we are a separate corporation that is fully autonomous. In this sense this really is your church.  We are committed to being a continuing source of inspiration and spiritual upliftment for all those who seek to know the truth of Being. We will continue in the tradition of our founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore; that being we shall discover the truth taught by the master Jesus Christ and we will seek to demonstrate that truth by living it to the best of our abilities.  

The second separate corporation is Unity School of Christianity. The School’s mission is three-fold. First and foremost Unity is about prayer; therefore, Unity School conducts the world’s oldest prayer ministry known as Silent Unity. Second, Unity is a publishing house producing Daily Word®, Unity Magazine and several book titles each year. Third, Unity conducts it educational work through Unity Institute. Here Unity students can take classes for personal development, to become a licensed Unity teacher, or as a prelude to becoming a Unity minister through the Unity Seminary. 

The third organization is the Association of Unity Churches International. also known as Unity Worldwide Ministries. The AUC/UWM serves ministries and ministers in several ways including the licensing and ordaining of Unity teachers and ministers. These three separate corporations (the local churches, Unity School and Unity Worldwide Ministries) are the three major segments of the Unity movement. But wait there is more.

In the past several years two new organization have sprung up. These are the Independent Alliance of Ministers in Unity or IAMU and the newly formed Independent Unity.  Why should there be a need for two new Unity organizations, and what brought about their genesis? The answer is simple enough; there are changes taking place and some people don’t like the changes. Unity has always been open to progressive ideas and has somehow maintained its spiritual roots in the writing and teachings of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and early leaders like H. Emily Cady and Elizabeth Sand Turner. Change is inevitable but improvement is optional.  There is concern on the part of many field ministers that in a rush to embrace modern philosophical ideas the core teachings of Unity are being abandoned. In other words we are changing but not improving; we are throwing  the baby out with the bath water.  Here can be found the seed of conflict taken root. How are we to respond to this? Why, with the truth
of course! 

Jesus in his ministry set forth “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.’ —Matthew 13:24-30,   We will have to wait and see. We should not be so unwise as to determine for ourselves
which are the tares and which are the wheat. No finger pointing saying this one or that one is the enemy. In the end, we turn again for inspiration and instruction to the Master who said, “Watch and Pray.”  

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