“Hal Fishbeck did a fantastic job of starting the ministry one day after I started the ministry in Wilkes-Barre…Sept. 26 for WB and Sept. 27, 1979 for UST! I met Hal at an Eastern Regional Retreat in Virginia Beach around 1982, and when we compared notes and learned our shared history, we became “sister ministries.” Several years later Hal invited me to guest speak twice a month to re-establish the group in Unity principles. Some of the speakers were anything but Unity, and I strongly encouraged that, if they called themselves a Unity ministry, that is how they were required to show up! The group was having Service at 11 a.m.; however, I was doing two Services each Sunday in WB at 9:30 and 11 a.m. So I drove up every other Sunday for a 4 pm Service (and did a 7 pm Service in Scranton for several months on the way home.) The UST group was growing; yet, I saw the possibility for confusion as to the start times of the Service on which Sunday, so I encouraged them to pick a time and stick with it. Hal took care of every part of the ministry!
When I retired in 2006, I also retired from UST. That didn’t last long, and the group called me out of retirement.” — Rev. Ann Marie Acacio
In a nutshell, this is how Unity in the Southern Tier began. Since then we have been in several different locations, and in December of 2014 returned to holding services at the First Congregational Church in Binghamton, New York which is where we first bagan under the leadership of Hal Fishbeck 37 years ago. For about nine years we had a shortage of young people, but here in Binghamton we have had a great influx of young adults and children coming in, and have a Sunday School program as well as a nursery for the first time in many years. The sound of children learning metaphysical truth once again has been a great blessing.
Unity is positive, practical Christianity. We teach the effective, daily application of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ. We promote a way of life that leads to health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind.
Unity has established centers of study and worship throughout the world where people discover and practice the Unity way of life. We address physical, mental, and emotional needs through affirmative prayer and spiritual education. We serve those who seek inspiration and prayer support as well as those who use Unity teachings as their primary path of spiritual growth.
We believe that all people are created with sacred worth, and we strive to reach out to all who seek support and spiritual growth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. Our ministries and outreaches are free of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, and sexual orientation.
Our sincere desire is to create spiritually aware organizations that are nondiscriminatory and support diversity.
What are Unity’s basic teachings?
We encourage you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding. We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation.
- God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
- We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
- We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
- There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God.
- Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.