Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
During the month of January in Youth Ministry we are curious about the beginnings of Unity as a new thought movement, and we are searching for facts about our past. The history of the Unity movement itself dates back many years before its beginnings in San Antonio. Unity was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in Kansas City, MO, in the late 1800s. Both Charles and Myrtle found that their long-standing physical ailments were healed by dedicating themselves to a daily prayer and meditation practice. They hosted study and discussion groups with like-minded individuals. To share the exciting spiritual teachings they had learned, the Fillmores didn’t start a church but began to publish a magazine. The first issue of Modern Thought came out in 1889 and is now called Unity Magazine®. The next year, in 1890, Charles and Myrtle formed a prayer group that is now Silent Unity, a 24/7 prayer ministry that responds to 2 million people a year through letters, telephone, and email. (https://www.unity.org/about-us/history)
This week, our lesson plans include not only the history of Unity, but also some time to reflect upon and strengthen our knowledge of our own family history. Human beings desire attachment, belonging, and connection. The relationships we form with other people can be incredibly durable, not only with people in our present, but also with people in our past and future. The more we discover about our past, the greater a connection we feel to our ancestors. And, maintaining a family history will also connect us to future generations! At Unity of San Antonio, we know that we are Sourced by Connection!