Historical records indicate that there have been Truth students meeting to explore New Thought religious ideas in the greater Rochester area since 1916. In the early days the entity that would eventually become Unity Church of Greater Rochester (UCGR) met in different locations and was known by different names at different times: Unity Church of Truth, Unity Center of Practical Christianity, and Christ Center Unity.
The official records of Unity Worldwide Ministries show an affiliation with the Unity movement in Rochester beginning in 1930, under the guidance of a well-known Unity minister and New Thought author and teacher, Raymond Charles Barker. After a few years Rev. Barker handed on the work to Mrs. Elise Rosenburg, whom UCGR considers as their founding minister. Rev. Rosenburg was eventually ordained by Charles Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity movement.
In June, 1945, Rev. Rosenburg and her followers decided to incorporate as Christ Church Unity so that they could buy property and own their own building. Groundbreaking for the current church building, located in the center of Rochester’s cultural district occurred in July, 1969.
UCGR’s commitment to the Truth as taught by Unity Founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and UCGRs founder, Rev. Rosenburg has remained constant and continues into the 21st century.
UCGRs priorities are:
- Remaining consistent with the basic Unity principles: One Presence and One Power, Our essence is of God; We are co-creators with God; Through prayer and meditation, we align with God; Through thoughts, words, and actions, we live the life we know,
- Providing an environment in which all people may more fully realize their innate divine nature,
- Utilizing more effectively Unity Church’s incredible volunteer pool of talent and good will to achieve its goals,
- Developing the plans and resources with which to carry out long-term capital projects,
- Expanding its mission of reaching a wider audience with Truth principles.
Humanity awakens and transforms into its Divine Identity. Unity Church of Greater Rochester is a focal point of service to this vision.
Unity Church of Greater Rochester is a warm, loving and vibrant spiritual center in the heart of Rochester. Recognizing our divine nature, we create a nurturing environment of spiritual freedom where all can develop their spiritual potential for lives overflowing with blessings.