More than a decade ago, leaders of the Unity churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area identified the need for local ministries to share information, support each other, and work together to expand the awareness of the Unity movement. In answer to that need, a not-for-profit organization, Unity Texas, was founded in 2002. It provided an opportunity for ministries to join together and share resources, rather than operate in isolation. Ministers and spiritual leaders from the member ministries began meeting not only to discuss business, but to establish closer personal connections and support among leaders.
Our organization has thrived over the years, even though participation has fluctuated as leadership of the member ministries has changed and evolved. Our primary purpose has also evolved in recent years. In 2011, the board of trustees and other leadership met to discern our current mission and to reaffirm our commitment to the organization. The result was a restatement of our mission and a new name. Today, the organization is known as Together in Unity.
As our mission states, “Together in Unity brings together ministers, spiritual leaders and lay leaders from the Unity ministries in the North Texas and surrounding area to expand awareness of Unity principles through a supportive and inclusive community of Unity ministries.” Through monthly meetings, the twelve member ministries support strong connections by sharing information on what is working and what is not; upcoming events, classes and workshops; and ways to support each other as leaders. While time constraints and prior commitments may prevent everyone from attending all meetings—in person and via conference call on alternating months—many ministries are represented at each meeting. Additionally, ministers and spiritual leaders are supported by an annual two-day retreat sponsored by our organization.
Together in Unity also sponsors two major events each year. In the fall, the prayer chaplain retreat and training provides an opportunity for chaplains from all member ministries to gather for a weekend of connection and training, which is facilitated by our gifted ministers, spiritual leaders and licensed Unity teachers. The prayer breakfast each spring, which averages an attendance of 250, gives members the chance to come together to share food and fellowship and to hear a keynote address from well-known Unity ministers and authors such as Jim Rosemergy, Jim Gaither, Ellen Debenport and Linda Martella-Whitsett, among others.
Together in Unity, we are stronger. As we come together, we make meaningful contributions to our leaders, our members and the Unity movement.