Founding Document of Unity Personal Commitment
By Charles & Myrtle Fillmore
Dated December 7, 1892
On December 7, 1892, Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore expressed into written words their personal commitment to the Spirit of Truth and through it, to the Society of Silent Unity. Up until that time, the Fillmores had been organizing a prayer group known as Silent Unity®. They also operated Unity Book Company, which distributed the metaphysical publications, Modern Thought and Unity magazines. The document was less about promotion of their ministry, and more about the sincere expression of their desire to discern insights from the Conscious Mind of Christ Jesus. Charles Fillmore recalled the document almost in passing in a June 1911 Unity article (vol. 34, No. 6). The actual document did not emerge until 1942 when Unity Librarian Pharaby Boileau discovered it among some historical records. Other references include: “Dedication and Covenant,” The Unity News, vol. 1, No. 4 (July 1942); “Dedication and Covenant,” Daily Word® (August 1942, pp. 23-25); Lowell Fillmore, “They Made a Contract With God,” Guideposts (September 1948, pp. 3-22). To commemorate the recording date, editors of Daily Word chose Monday, December 7, 1942, as the statement focus for that day. The Fillmores used the “Dedication and Covenant” to guide them and their ministry. Since then, it has been the source of many articles, lessons, and radio programs.
This document reads:
We, Charles Fillmore and Myrtle Fillmore, husband and wife, hereby dedicate ourselves, our time, our money, all we have and all we expect to have, to the Spirit of Truth, and through it, to the Society of Silent Unity.
It being understood and agreed that the said Spirit of Truth shall render unto us an equivalent for this dedication, in peace of mind, health of body, wisdom, understanding, love, life and an abundant supply of all things necessary to meet every want without our making any of these things the object of our existence.
In the presence of the Conscious Mind of Christ Jesus, this 7th day of December A.D. 1892.