African-American Contribution to Unity

African Americans in Unity

Hi Friends -

If you click here you will see a gallery of over forty African Americans who have served and contributed to the Unity movement in its early days. There are many more who served and contributed—unknown, unrecognized and unsung—but for now these are what we’ve got.

Each of these people have a story. Although we do not know the story for each one of them, we do have a few. And you can read their story by clicking on the picture in the gallery.

God talks to us by stories. Our hearts are opened to stories, even when our minds are closed. Our imagination is awakened by stories, even when our faith has fallen. Our will is strengthened by stories, even when our understanding is clouded.

These stories are our stories, even if you or I are not African-American. The culture of our various congregations may be diverse, but Truth transcends culture. And these are stories of Truth. Some, like Ruth Cox, were licensed Unity teachers who taught Truth classes at the YWCA in the 1930s. Others, like Helen Mouton and Catherine Brooks, pioneered Unity centers in the 1930s and 1940s which still serve their communities. And as we sang last Sunday in many Unity churches, His Truth Is Marching On.

I’m writing because the African Americans in Unity project is about collecting stories. And I focus for now on African Americans because their stories haven’t got the recognition they deserve. We can fix that.

I’m asking you to help research and collect pictures, biographies, testimonials, lessons and sermons that these and other African Americans have contributed, especially in the early years. Send them to me and I will post them here. And if you find one of the unknown, unrecognized and unsung then I will add a page for them too.

Questions will emerge when you click around on these pages. Where did they serve? Do we have the right photograph? What did they teach? How did they reach people? When you are able to provide an answer then you contribute to the telling of the story for this person. You honor them and you contribute to the Unity movement.

So I ask you, can you help tell the story of how African Americans have served and contributed to the Unity movement? Do you know the families of any of these people? Can you contact them to see if they have left pictures and lessons? Do you attend a Unity church where African Americans have served? If so, are there records stashed somewhere with pictures and lessons? Can you make copies and send them to me?

People often ask how they can help me with TruthUnity. Two weeks ago I asked for help in transcribing a box of records from the Unity Archives. And you and others have almost knocked out the 46 folders in that box. Thirty-eight lessons by Charles Fillmore are now online, available to Google for searching and fully transcribed for you to read. Only eight more to go. Thank you.

Won’t you click around on this gallery of early contributors to Unity and help their story be told? If so, as I say, our hearts are opened, our imagination is awakened and our will is strengthened.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018