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Christ Unity Spiritual Science Church (1889 - Unkown) - Religious Group

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Description: Unity Worldwide Ministries was founded by Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, originally as the Society of Silent Help (by Myrtle in 1890) and the magazine Modern Thought (by Charles in 1889). Myrtle’s own healing from tuberculosis, brought on by following the teaching of Eugene B. Weeks, catalyzed her foundation of the Society of Silent Help. Emma Curtis Hopkins later influenced the couple; in response, Charles changed his magazine to Christian Science Thought. By 1891, Unity magazine was founded (replacing the former) and the Society of Silent Help was renamed Silent Unity. In 1914, the Unity Tract Society and Silent Unity became the Unity School of Christianity. Unity Worldwide Ministries (named in 2011) was formed as a separate organization for the governance and assistance of Unity’s affiliated religious leaders. Unity offers assistance to people of many faith backgrounds.
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Christ Unity Spiritual Science Church, Trends (1950 - 1953)1

1950 656,800 3,812 3,380
1951 682,172 3,851
1952 1,112,123 4,917 4,181
1953 1,581,286 5,019 4,481


1 All data on clergy, members, and churches are taken from the National Council of Churches’ Historic Archive CD and recent print editions of the Council’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The CD archives all 68 editions of the Yearbook (formerly called Yearbook of the Churches and Yearbook of American Churches) from 1916 to 2000. Read more information on the Historic Archive CD and the Yearbook.

Membership figures are "inclusive." According to the Yearbook, this includes "those who are full communicant or confirmed members plus other members baptized, non-confirmed or non-communicant." Each denomination has its own criteria for membership.

When a denomination listed on the Historic Archive CD was difficult to identify, particularly in early editions of the Yearbook, the ARDA staff consulted numerous sources, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions and the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In some cases, ARDA staff consulted the denomination’s website or contacted its offices by phone. When a denomination could not be positively identified, its data were omitted.

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