The Unity spiritual movement began in the late 1800s based on prayer and the power of mind over body.
Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, a Kansas City, Missouri, couple with three young boys, had suffered lifelong physical ailments and constantly sought healing. They heard a lecture by a metaphysician named E.B. Weeks, and Myrtle came away with a startling new idea: “I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.”
In two years of prayer and meditation, she healed her body of tuberculosis. Charles also began to investigate spiritual principles and healed a leg that had been damaged in a childhood ice skating accident.
The Fillmores were devotees of Ralph Waldo Emerson and studied with the leading teachers of the day, including Mary Baker Eddy and Emma Curtis Hopkins. 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.
Book publishing began with Lessons in Truth, still a Unity classic, and Unity Books is still active. A second magazine was initiated in 1924, Daily Word, which now circulates around the globe.
Classes taught by the Fillmores grew into a seminary, Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, with about 600 churches and study groups worldwide.
The farm they initially established to grow produce for their vegetarian restaurant in downtown Kansas City is now Unity Village, Missouri, a 1,200-acre incorporated town and the world headquarters for the enduring Unity movement.
Reverend Brian Keith Drafton-Griffin is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He later spent a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy where he experienced extensive travel throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Upon leaving the Navy he made Southeast Michigan his residence where he lived for 20 years. He also had a successful career as a hair stylist with a lucrative specialty. In 2009, Brian graduated from Unity Urban Ministerial School and was ordained April 30, 2010. Rev. Drafton-Griffin is a regular and highly sought after guest speaker in Unity and other New Thought Churches. Rev. Drafton-Griffin has a firm understanding of Truth principles and a unique and talented way of presenting them to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Rev. Drafton-Griffin also has a gift for presenting familiar Bible stories with a 21st Century flavor. He is the founding minister of the New Thought Internet Teaching Ministries, which is a virtual Spiritual community that broadcast bi-weekly services as well as virtual discussion groups from February 2013 – March 2018. This ministry is known for reaching truth seekers from the United States, Canada, Trinidad, Jamaica, India, England and Italy by reaching them wherever they are in consciousness or in the world. Rev. Drafton-Griffin has been successful in taking the message outside the four walls of the church to the four corners of the world. After graduation, Rev. Drafton-Griffin served as Sr. Minister for 2 Unity Churches as well as Assistant and Interim Minister for yet to other 2 Unity Churches. Effective April 1st, 2020, Rev. Drafton-Griffin is Sr. Minister of Unity Church of Flint in Michigan.
Five Basic Unity Principles:
1. God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
2. I am naturally good because God's divinity is in me and in everyone.
3. I create my experience by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
4. Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
5. I do and give my best by living the truth I know, I make a difference.
I SET MY INTENTION AND MEET MY GOALS.
Upon awakening, my first thoughts are of gratitude. Following my prayers of thanksgiving, I ask myself what my intention for the day should be. I might simply decide to use every opportunity to radiate love into the world, no matter my activities. I recall the words of author and speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer, “Our intention creates our reality.”
When I set a goal to be loving, I may find myself met with people and situations that call for love in challenging ways. Remembering my commitment, I pause. With the awareness that God is love and I am within God, I realize the opportunity my intention has shown me. My focus on love will give me the chance to be more loving. Aware of the sacred energy of love in my heart, I radiate love and I am grateful.
But those who are noble plan noble things, and by noble things they stand.—Isaiah 32:8
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