Unity of Fort Lauderdale's Mission: We pray, serve, connect and celebrate our divinity, to awaken and transform ourselves and our world.
Our Vision: Centered in love, we envision and create a vibrant community for global spiritual awakening.
As a spiritually conscious community, we practice the Five Unity Principles through these Core Values:
God is love.
We consciously choose love in every situation.
Joy is our true nature. It is what we bring to the celebration of life, regardless of our circumstances.
We intentionally give our time, talent and abundance in service to our community and the world.
We welcome and embrace all, as expressions of the divine.
Through our experience of oneness we are healed.
Our Principles are:
- There is only one Presence and one Power active as the universe and as my life, God the Good.
- Our essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently good.
- We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
- Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God.
- Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the Truth we know.
Unity is a positive path for spiritual living based on prayer and meditation. What does this mean? Unity teaches that there is one light, one source of positive energy in the world that we call God and that we are created in God's image. Therefore we are all expressions of goodness. This positive energy gives us great power and, through meditation, prayer and action, we infuse our lives - and the world - with manifold gifts.
We prefer to call ourselves a spiritual community rather than a church and teach that our thoughts ARE prayers! We are a multicultural community where ALL are welcome! We have members from every race and culture and welcome diversity as a testament that we are all one. We respect all denominations and belief systems and do not seek to "convert" but rather to share a story and a passion for our belief that YOU CAN change your life through a positive channel of thought.
Unity of Fort Lauderdale (UOFL) celebrates 65 years of existence! We were founded in 1951 and met in the Governor’s Club Hotel and then the Women’s Club on Las Olas Blvd.
In January 1958, the renowned Rev. Elizabeth Sand Turner took over the leadership of UFOL. Rev. Sand Turner authored several important books in the Unity curriculum like “Your Hope of Glory” and “Let There Be Light”. UOFL purchased a house at 210 SE 10th Terrace but soon attendance required a larger facility.
In 1963, UOFL purchased land at 1800 NE 6th Court in Victoria Park. The prominent local architect Richard C. Reilly designed the Victoria Park location. Ground breaking took place on April 18, 1964. It was dedicated on Thanksgiving 1964, and the educational building opened in 1965.
In 2011 the Victoria Park space was sold. Our beloved stained glass, and “12 Power” garden stations were lovingly placed into storage. The congregation moved into the old SunTrust bank building on 26th street in Wilton Manors in 2012. The old SunTrust bank building proved to be an extensive renovation and that building was sold in 2015.
Today, UOFL rents sanctuary, office and classroom spaces from The United Church of Christ (UCC). They have opened their arms and hearts to us, and we are grateful. UOFL feels blessed to be in the position of unlimited possibilities as we move towards the goal of a new permanent space.
History of Spiritual Leadership at Unity of Fort Lauderdale
Rev. Maud Guitteau 1951-1958
Rev. Elizabeth Sand Turner 1958-1969
Rev. John Rankin 1969-1970
Rev. John Bronfmon 1970-1972
Rev. James Heinecamp 1972-1993
Rev. Larry Henson 1994-1995
Rev. Alfreda St. Tours 1995-1996
Rev. Michael Smith 1996-1997
Kathleen Bishop (LUT) 1997-1998
Rev. Katherine Medici 1998-1999
Rev. David Florence 2000-2001
Rev. Tita Calzada 2001-2015
Rev. Marty Newman (Transitional Consultant) 2015-2016
Rev. Elizabeth Longo 2017-present