Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepherd
Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepherd
Archived Show
Myrtle Fillmore: Wait—The Real Founder of Unity Was a Methodist?
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The subject is everybody's favorite figure in Unity history, Myrtle Fillmore. Dr. Tom is joined by a distinguished panel of guests to include Rev. Lynne Brown, vice president of Silent Unity and Development; Rev. Manzel Berlin, United Methodist minister and Myrtle Fillmore scholar; and Anne Tabor, student at Unity Institute® and Seminary, who is just completing her middler year in preparation for the Unity ministry.

This fascinating discussion includes some little-known facts about the "Mother of Unity." For example, you might be surprised to learn that Myrtle was the intellectual, not Charles. Myrtle Page was a college-educated teacher who, in the years before her marriage to Charles Fillmore, had migrated to Texas during the Civil War Reconstruction Era to work in the new schools springing up everywhere. Myrtle may have brought some of her equalitarian values with her; she had to leave town as soon as the Reconstructionist dreams of equality tragically collapsed into what would become the Jim Crow South. During today's program, Rev. Manzel reminds us, not without some affectionate pride, that Myrtle was a lifelong Methodist. How did the Wesleyan values of temperance, modesty, and deep spirituality affect her, and consequently affect Unity? Tune in to meet a Myrtle you never dreamed existed.