As in those heady days of Unity’s Unfinished Business (some of you still remember), the familiar voice of Bernard Dozier reached out this morning via email from Florida with his insightful comments which appear below mine. He raises some questions that inspire me to want to clarify an important point: I did not affiliate with Unity for the organization. I knew little or nothing about this aspect. I signed up for the teachings. So it’s probably true, as Bernard points out, that the organization began drifting away from emphasis on the individual awakening to the more bureaucratically driven mentality long before I arrived.
I do believe, however, that under the current and former CEOs of Unity Worldwide Ministries, the drift became a wave — at least within the organization. The world as a whole doesn’t seem to be paying much attention. The hope has been that the Unity field movement would become a significant catalyst for change, not so much within the individual as in the social inequalities of world. In the guise of spirituality, it has taken on a distinct political voice advocating a myriad of left-leaning social causes. And believe me, I would say the same thing if they were right-leaning. Though I’m told the Fillmores were staunch Republicans, there is not even a hint of their political preferences in their writings, or any writings that represent the early Unity message. They appeal to all political classes.
Because it has become politicized, I believe Unity (UWM) has completely alienated the Truth seeker who holds conservative values, which is at least half the nation. The Unity I signed up for spoke to all Americans … all people around the globe, regardless of their political, social or cultural interests. It not only helped the Methodist become a better Methodist, it helped the Democrat and Republican become a better Democrat and Republican.
The spiritual message that is geared to the awakening of the individual does not ask for political preferences. It transcends them. Yes of course, render under to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But first render unto God what is God’s. In my simple way of thinking, Unity’s only function is to teach people how to render unto God what is God’s. As this occurs, the issues around Caesar’s part of the deal are resolved with much greater clarity. JDB
Now for Bernard:
conformity and mediocrity. People focused on avoiding “offense” are hamstrung, and tend to play it safe. If you’re worried about whether to say “he” or “she” or “it,” you might just keep your mouth shut. I know when I’m writing with creative fervor I’m not at all concerned with grammatical niceness or correctness. After I finish I go back and clean up the poor grammar, misspellings, syntax errors, etc., etc..