The Beginnings of the Unity Movement and Unity Church of the Hills
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 reality.
The Fillmore’s regarded Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception, interpreted the Bible metaphysically, and taught that God is present within all of us.
In the history of Unity, Silent Unity, and the Unity Movement, we find a richness of healing, love, and profound Truth. Since its beginnings in 1890 when The Society of Silent Help (Silent Unity) was formed, millions of lives have been blessed, healed, and transformed through the practice of Unity’s simple and yet powerful Truth Principles and Faith Practices.
Within the Unity Worldwide Ministries, you will discover a consistent story that links each ministry; it is the story of acceptance, faith, forgiveness, healing, wholeness, and love. These attributes are the cornerstone of Unity.
Unity Church of the Hills is Born
Everything that exists within the physical world first began in Divine Mind as an idea. In the case of Unity Church of the Hills, it began back in the early 90s.
Fred and Joan Howes owned a printing business in Warren, Michigan. One of their customer accounts was The Church of Today, a Unity church, founded by Rev. Jack Boland. The Church of Today, at that time, was the most dynamic Unity Church within the Movement. And, Lenore Scott, one of UCOH pioneering co-ministers, was on staff at Church of Today, and hired Fred and Joan to do the printing for the church.
Fred and Joan started reading some of the material that they were printing for the church and became very interested in the programs that they read about. This church seemed to be offering a new, positive approach to life, and they wanted to find out more.
They began attending Unity and became members. Years later, they moved to Austin to be closer to their families. They dreamed of a church like the one they had found in Michigan. They wrote to the Association of Unity Churches and asked about the possibility of a Unity Church in Northwest Austin. What they did not know at that time was that Lenore, and her husband, Ron Scott, were in ministerial school, well on their way to becoming ordained ministers.
Toward the end of their schooling, Ron and Lenore met with the group of folks requesting to pioneer a new church in Austin. Ron and Lenore considered the Howes’ request, and later were led to Austin to begin their new Unity Church.
Upon arriving in Austin, they found great support and everything fell into place. On November 12, 1995, UCOH held its first Sunday Service at Grisham Middle School.
Unity Church of the Hills remained at Grisham Middle School for about a year before moving to Williamson Square, just blocks from what is now our permanent home. Sunday Services were held there until 2001. On October 7, 2001 we held our first Sunday Service in our current Sanctuary.
In March of 2007, after serving in the capacity of co-founding ministers, and providing exceptional spiritual leadership and organization skills to UCOH, Revs. Ron and Lenore Scott completed their ministry here and returned to Michigan to be close to their family.
In July of 2007, Rev. Steve Bolen came to Unity Church of the Hills, initially as our temporary minister, and was confirmed as our permanent minister in December of 2007. He has been serving as our Senior Minister for the past 10 years. Under his leadership, we have seen the expansion of our campus to include our Unity Oaks Building, Pavilion and world-class Labyrinth. We have also felt the expansion of our hearts, our compassion and our love.
On June 25, 2017, Rev. Steve and Mary Bolen retired from active ministry. The Board of Trustees bestowed upon Rev. Bolen the lifetime title of Minister Emeritus and he has made himself available to the new Co-Ministers, Revs. Brian & Kristen Grandon.
Revs. Brian & Kristen Grandon were selected from over 600 Unity Ministers after an extensive nationwide search. The Grandons begin their ministry on Tuesday, July 18, with their first Sunday message on July 23 at 9:25 & 11:25 a.m.