The Right Hue of Blue

Blue is without question my favorite color (possibly dating back to when my parents dressed me in blue and my twin in red so they could tell us apart easily when we were babies). So I was pleasantly surprised to find a unique space here at Unity Village lovingly called the Blue Room. I’ve found quite a few gems on campus, and the Blue Room is most assuredly my prized sapphire (pun fully...

“I Am There” by James Dillet Freeman

It was 1947 when James Dillet Freeman heard the words that would inspire his most beloved and widely known poem, “I Am There.” His wife Katherine was in the hospital after undergoing surgery for cancer. It was a time of deep personal need, Freeman recalled. “I was in great anguish of spirit.” When the doctors told him Katherine had terminal cancer, he left the hospital...

Unity and “The Word”

Throughout its history, Unity has turned to the modern media of each era to find new ways in delivering inspiring messages about spiritual living with its early printed materials, radio and television shows, and use of social media today. Unity had several broadcast programs, including Morning Inspirations, The Unity Viewpoint, The Daily Word, and Voice of Unity, but in April 1969 it launched...

10 Tips for a Smooth and Comfortable Recovery After Surgery

In the third installment of this healthy lifestyle series from Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D., she shares her tips to recovery that she learned after a recent unavoidable surgery after all natural treatments had been exhausted. There would be times during the years before my hip replacement surgery that the pain was not responding to my natural treatment regimen. It was taking a toll on my emotional...

More Joy and Less Stress in Eight Easy Steps

In the second installment of this healthy lifestyle series from Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D., we will learn the importance of reducing stress in our lives and how to achieve it. Why is reducing stress so important? Believe it or not, the American Association of Family Physicians reports that two-thirds of all doctor visits are due to stress-related ailments. It's also believed that 80 to 90...

Learning to Surf, Spiritually Speaking

Life means change, and change means growth, which is part of the natural order of things. When change comes into your life—especially great change—you can be sure you’re being given a chance to grow. But what if that change turns your life upside down? What if you feel as though you got trapped on a roller coaster and all you can do is hang on for dear life? When those times...

The Beginning of Unity and Vegetarianism

Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore became vegetarians in the 1890s, and their views on vegetarianism began surfacing in public as early as 1903. In those early teachings, Charles expressed his understanding of a person’s diet and the important connectivity it has to spirituality, saying cell regeneration is aided by consuming food of the “highest and purest character....

If You Won’t Take Her, the Catholic Church Will

At the time, Natalie was 7, Kate 6, and me 5. Natalie and Kate lived on the fifth floor, and I lived on the third, in a tired Bronx brownstone at the corner of Aquaduct and 183rd. I adored them. I looked up to them. I copied everything they said and did. But as the youngest, I was dispensable and, according to them, quite annoying. Yet they magnanimously allowed me to tag along on adventures....

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