Unity of Las Cruces Today
Unity welcomes all. Many who have found themselves unwelcome because of their personal diversities are happily relieved to find a new home with Unity. Others on the edge or the outside of their original faiths have found Unity teachings a bridge to their spiritual understanding. Seekers who have wandered through many spiritual concepts are building new foundations of spirituality through Unity.
We are Unity, affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries, and grateful for the opportunity to share Unity principles and teachings here in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Currently, Unity of Las Cruces does this through our Sunday Service Celebrations, online presence, and in person as ambassadors of those same principles and teachings wherever we are.
Unity of Las Cruces re-homed our physical location in January 2019 into the welcoming arms of our sister New Thought center, the Center of Spiritual Living (CSL) in the Heart of Las Cruces. There at CSL, 575 N. Main Street, we hold our Sunday Service Celebrations at 8:30 a.m. On January 20th, 2019 our transitional minister, Reverend Tanya Dawson, shared her first message for Unity of Las Cruces appropriately titled “Change.”
Reverend Terry Lund vetted Reverend Tanya Dawson, a current member of Unity of Las Cruces and New Thought, metaphysical and spiritualist minister, through Unity Worldwide Ministries to be our new spiritual leader. Rev. Tanya was accepted as transitional minister by unanimous vote of the Unity of Las Cruces Board of Trustees in December, 2018.
January 6, 2019, Reverend Terry Lund, minister for Unity of Las Cruces, and her husband, Unity Licensed Teacher Jerry Lund, conducted the Unity White Stone ceremony. The two received trophies of gratitude and were honored with a retirement potluck. Reverend Terry Lund received Minister Emerita status for her stewardship of Unity of Las Cruces and her lifetime of service to Unity around the world.
[ Minister Emerita Reverend Terry Lund and her husband Jerry Lund, Licensed Unity Teacher, continue to reside in Las Cruces and enjoy life to its fullest! ]
Reverend Terry assumed her role as spiritual leader of Unity of Las Cruces, known then a known as Unity of Mesilla Valley, in April of 2004. On August 28, 2007, under her guidance, Unity of Las Cruces gained full church status from its previous role as an expansion ministry. She served this church as our minister through to January, 2019.
Unity of Mesilla Valley started as an expansion ministry under The Association of Unity Churches on September 22, 2002 lead by Reverend Harriet Valliere. Reverend Valliere was a loving member of Unity Worldwide and was honored with Unity’s Myrtle Fillmore Award. When health challenges forced Reverend Harriet to step down from the work of building a church, Reverend Jane Waddington blessed us as our temporary spiritual leader until April of 2004.
The Unity New Thought Movement
Charles and Myrtle Fillmore created the Unity New Thought Movement.
Students of spirituality and metaphysics, Charles and Myrtle studied the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Baker Eddy and Emma Curtis Hopkins, early pioneers of the New Thought Movement.
Yet, it was Myrtle Fillmore’s spiritual experience while attending a lecture of Dr. E. B. Weeks along with Charles which catalyzed them into action. It happened when they heard the metaphysician say, “I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.” Both Myrtle and Charles healed long-time health issues using those words.
The couple healed through her words and went on to found Unity, beginning in 1889 with Modern Thought, the predecessor of Unity Magazine. In 1890 they started a prayer group now known the world over as Silent Unity, Unity’s 24/7 prayer ministry. These were just the beginnings of Unity, which included the Daily Word in 1924.
Read more about Unity’s history at http://www.unity.org/about-us/history.