Our Unity History

The History of the Unity Movement

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

Charles and Myrtle Fillmore
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 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, 2010. Our church moved once again and became Unity of South Sound in April 2012 at beautiful Knutzen Family Theatre, Dumas Bay, Federal Way. Rev. Darlene remained with us until November, 2014. We welcomed Rev. Michael Moran as Interim Minister for two months. Many guest speakers and some minister candidates presented Sunday services.

Rev. Jeffrey Fowler began his service at U.S.S. in September 2015. In less than a year, Rev. Jeffrey and the entire congregation "moved" to The Spire at 710 South Anderson St., Tacoma in September 2016. Rev. Jeffrey served our ministry for almost six years. Sunday, June 13th, 2021 was Rev. Jeffrey’s last service at Unity of South Sound.

Rev. Meghan Smith Brooks came to Unity of South Sound in June of 2022 after almost of year of searching for the "right and perfect" Minister. Rev. Meghan brings over 20 years of experience in ministry, a song in her heart, and messages of thriving through grief, and finding inspiration in everyday life.

Sunday Services, Church Office, meetings, classes, Youth and Family events are all held at The Spire, unless otherwise noted.

The Spire - 710 South Anderson Street, Tacoma, WA