Maya Angelou, poet, author, speaker, singer, and spiritual teacher and mentor, revealed that when she needed comfort, she studied the principles of the Unity Church in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. A brief portion of that interview can be viewed in the video accompanying this article.
Dr. Angelou highlighted the impact that her immersion into “Lessons in Truth,” by H. Emilie Cady, had on her. Cady was a metaphysician and homeopathic doctor in the 19th Century who identified twelve spiritual concepts by which an individual can enhance personal empowerment by overcoming limitations and can increase spiritual growth and develop true freedom. It is one of the foundational texts of the Unity Church.
The depth of emotion exhibited by Dr. Angelou in recounting her spiritual experience while studying Cady’s work affirms the power that Unity principles have in transforming our thoughts and, consequently, our lives. Unity was initially conceived to be a healing movement that could serve as an adjunct to any religious tradition by its founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. It has since become a church in its own right focused on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The teachings of Unity have stood the test of time as they are compatible with recent scientific research on the mind/body connection.
For residents of Columbus, Georgia, who seek a spiritual community that actively pursues personal healing spiritually, emotionally, and physically through education and affirmative prayer, the following five Unity churches are within driving distance:
1. Unity of Albany (GA) – approximately 75 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 11 a.m. on Sundays is 178 Hugh Road, Leesburg, GA. Phone: (229) 435-1001(229) 435-1001.
2. Unity of Montgomery (AL) Spiritual Center – approximately 77 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 11 a.m. on Sundays is 1922 Walnut Street, Montgomery, AL 36106. Phone: (334) 263-1225(334) 263-1225.
3. Unity Spiritual Life Center of Central Georgia - formerly Unity in the Heart of Georgia (Byron, GA) – approximately 78 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 11 a.m. on Sundays is 127 Peachtree Parkway #701, Byron, GA. Phone: (478) 737-7537(478) 737-7537.
4. Unity South Atlanta Church (Jonesboro, GA) – approximately 84 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 10 a.m. on Sundays is 7541 Mt. Zion Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA. Phone: (404) 578-3033(404) 578-3033.
5. Unity of Dothan (AL) – approximately 90 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 11 a.m. on Sundays is 942 South Oates, Dothan, AL 36301. Phone: (334) 794-2840(334) 794-2840.
Home Study Resources for Residents of Columbus, Georgia
Available related texts on Amazon include: (1) “Lessons in Truth,” by H. Emilie Cady ($8.99 in paperback; $1.99 for Kindle), and, (2) “The Story of Unity,” by James Dillet Freeman ($14.35 in paperback; $9.99 for Kindle).
Unity courses through distance education are also available. The course on “Lessons in Truth” is free to those seeking no credit or costs $99.95 for those seeking 8 credit hours. For an additional $40.00, the course can be upgraded to 10 credit hours (which requires writing a paper in addition to the course readings). To register or to acquire additional information, please see the Unity website by clicking here.