About Unity of South Sound

Welcome to Unity

Our new church home is The Spire at 710 S. Anderson St., Tacoma, WA

At Unity of South Sound you will find a spiritual community that embraces and promotes a positive and intentional way of living.  Spiritual seekers often say that finding Unity is like coming home. Door and hearts are open to everyone… we honor all people and respect all paths that lead to God.

Worship is an experience of celebration and connection.  It is filled with music, inspiration, laughter and depth that will energize and empower you.  Whether you're looking to connect with a few like-minded individuals or our larger community, there are activities and events available to support your connection.

Our Mission:  We are an inspiring and inclusive spiritual community, exploring and expressing our highest potential and divine nature.

Our Vision:  Present and centered in Divine Love, we celebrate a peaceful and awakened world.

Core Values: Love, Abundance, Joy, Spirit-Guided

Unity Gothic, 2011. Brush and ink drawing with digital color; 26.2" x 36".
Courtesy of the artist Anita Landree, member U.S.S.

Unity History

The Unity movement was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889 as a healing ministry based on the power of prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our own experience of reality. The Fillmores regarded Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception; believed and applied the power of affirmative prayer; interpreted the Bible metaphysically; and taught that God is present within all of us.

Our world headquarters at Unity Village, Missouri, provides a tranquil atmosphere for quiet meditation and a place for all people, regardless of faith or nationality, to worship. To learn more visit www.unity.org

Basic Unity Principles

  1. GOD IS - There is one power and one presence - God.  God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power; God is good and present everywhere.
  2. I AM – I Am/We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image and likeness. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
  3. THINK IT - Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.  We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
  4. PRAY IT - There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our awareness of God.  Prayer is a conscious conditioner that attunes and aligns our thoughts with the Mind, truth and reality of God in all things.
  5. LIVE IT - Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them and practice them to continually evolve to newer levels of understanding and spiritual mastery.

Statement of Diversity

We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. It is imperative that our ministries and outreaches are free of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, and sexual orientation. It is with love and in celebration of our unity, in the midst of wonderful diversity, that we affirm this position.

Statement of Peace

Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence of God and that God loves each one of us equally. It is therefore the position of Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity Institute to urge all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times and pursue peace, not war, for this is what honors the God of all our faith traditions.  

Unity of South Sound History

Unity of South Sound has evolved over forty years time under various names and leaders. It was first incorporated in Burien as Unity Church of Christianity in October 1972. Congregants met in the Veterans Hall and the YMCA under the ministry of Rev. Michael Murphy until moving to a large house in Federal Way which was then renovated.

Sunday services were held there until 1996 when it was sold with the intention of building on newly purchased property. In the meantime, Rainier View School (Federal Way) became the place of worship, with office and classroom space rented nearby.

However, the potential building site was deemed unusable because of wetland designations and drainage issues in 2000, so it was sold. In January 2001, Unity moved to a new home in a large leased space in Edgewood, where it remained until April, 2012.

Other ministers followed Rev. Murphy: Les McClelland, Dick Everetts, Tom Coates, Carl Stouffer, interim minister Jim Peterson, Steve Colladay, and Stephen Towles.

Rev. Darlene Strickland came to Unity of Edgewood August 15, 2010 and was minister of the Unity of South Sound from April 1, 2012 to November, 2014 at beautiful Knutzen Family Theatre, Dumas Bay, Federal Way.

We welcomed Rev. Michael Moran as Interim Minister for two months. Many guest speakers and some minister candidates presented Sunday services. The Staff and Board, volunteers, a Music Celebration Tearm, an active youth program all contributed to the active, thriving Unity community which continued to grow and bond.

A Minister Selection Team came together for 9 months of "searching" for our new minister. Happily, Rev. Jeffrey Fowler was hired. We welcomed Rev. Jeffrey Fowler, whose First Sunday was September 20, 2015.

On August 7, 2016, Rev. Jeffrey and the entire congregation "moved" to The Spire at 710 South Anderson St., Tacoma. Sunday Services, Church Office, Mindful Meditation, meetings, classes, Youth and Family events are all held at The Spire, unless otherwise noted.