WHAT IS UNITY?
Unity began as a movement in the late 1800’s when Myrtle and Charles Fillmore started sharing their experiences of self-healing with their friends. Charles was a silver prospector and a real estate broker in Kansas City and Myrtle, his wife, had suffered from tuberculosis since she was a child. At a difficult time in their lives, they attended a lecture that transformed them. Myrtle left the meeting with the knowing that she was a child of God and, therefore, did not have to inherit illness. Myrtle began reading the Bible and praying daily. After two years, she was healed of tuberculosis and was no longer an invalid. Charles was healed of a withered leg and related illnesses. They also overcame financial problems, as well as other difficulties.
The Fillmore’s saw Jesus as the Master teacher and felt their understanding was a return to Jesus’ original teachings that perhaps others had not fully understood. They called it Practical Christianity because they taught principles that when applied led to transformation of lives. They did not set out to establish a church but rather an educational system, teaching principles of Truth.
Charles and Myrtle established teaching and ministerial training programs, Silent Unity, a 24-hour prayer service, and published spiritually uplifting books and magazines, such as Unity Magazine and the Daily Word. Their legacy lives on, and today there are approximately 1000 churches, centers and study groups world-wide with people numbering in the millions who are part of the UNITY Family.
UNITY OF HILTON HEAD: A POSITIVE PATH FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
Prior to 1999, a few dedicated seekers began holding meetings at the European Spa to share UNITY principles. In that year, this flock of about 15 formed the Unity Church of Hilton Head Island. A yoga studio was its first home and shortly the membership grew to about 40. In this humble beginning, the initial intent to establish a community of like-minded souls who could worship beyond the limits of creed and denomination became a reality. While many of the founders have moved away, their vision and dedication spawned a fellowship that continues to grow.
A variety of ministries exists within the Church to support music, youth education, fellowship, prayer and chaplains and provide avenues of expression through which our diverse membership can contribute to sacred service. In addition, workshops, as well as small groups held in homes, offer the opportunity for spiritual development and new friendships.
The Church also contributes to the greater community with a variety of outreach programs such as supporting an adopted family, contributing school supplies for an adopted class and for individuals who need help with their back-to-school costs, and supports local food banks throughout the year.
We hope you will experience, as many others have, the spiritual energy, fellowship and friendship that is UNITY of Hilton Head: A Positive Path for Spiritual Living, where you can grow and make many new friends. UNITY welcomes people of all faiths and those searching for answers to life’s complexities through the study of spiritual teachings.
OUR CORE VALUES
FIVE BASIC TENETS
* God is absolute good and everywhere present
* Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within.
Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.
* Human beings create their experience through the activity of their thinking.
Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
* Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection to God-Mind
and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity, and everything good.
* Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough.
A person must also live the Truth that he or she knows.