Why Unity Tracts?
It just may be that the humble tract is the most powerful tool we have for changing our thoughts and for reaching out to people. They are inexpensive to produce, easy to disseminate and quickly read. They're there when we need them - when we're bored, when we're confused and when we're troubled.
A little history about Unity Tracts
Here are two things that you should know about Unity tracts ...
First, in The Household of Faith (The Story of Unity), James Dillet Freeman wrote that in 1897 the Fillmores changed the name of the Unity Book Company to The Unity Tract Society in order to "relieve the Publication Department of the appearance of a commercial venture." Freeman quotes Charles Fillmore as saying "The dollar tag has been so persistently hung onto this movement in its various departments that it has become known to the public at large as a new system of therapeutics, with the usual financial appendix, instead of a religion. That people may more fully understand that there is no element of financial gain in our Publication Department we purposely adopted the word "tract," which is a synonym of religious literature issued without the idea of gain. This is not a business, but a ministry." (pp.70-71)
Second, at least as late as 1924, the main purpose of Unity tracts was not to evangelize or even to inform the public, rather they were written and printed to guide Silent Unity workers in how they might respond to requests for prayer. In a book printed that year entitled Unity Tract Index - A Guide For the Study of Unity Tracts (available below), Unity said "most of our tracts were printed primarily for the use of Silent Unity in instructing those who ask this Society for its help in overcoming ills and inharmonies of various kinds ... the tracts indexed in this book are those that are used daily in our Silent Unity work."
Try it now ...
select one and then right click on the link and download it on your computer. Know that in this moment you are only the latest of millions of people who have been guided and uplifted by Unity's simple tracts. Print out the one you chose and carry it around with you for a week. Let these simple messages of healing and prosperity become part of you. Then give the printout to a friend or leave it in a conspicuous place. Unity is really a simple religion, isn't it?
Send me stuff...
do you have any of these old tracts that Unity published years ago? If so, would you make a clean scanned image of it and and email it to me or make a good photocopy and mail it to me? It's all about flow and the Law of Giving and Receiving. I'll post it here and you will have extended the reach of Unity's work.
As Charles said about our beautiful movement, it's not a business, but a ministry.
Unity tracts and spiritual support
Last May (2014) I had a few long, peaceful evenings with my mother, who was dying from cancer. They let me stay past midnight. In that time of quietness I would hold her hand. Sometimes I would pray. Sometimes I would be thumbing Silent Unity's Mobile Prayer App and Daily Word's Guided prayer and meditation music. They were great sources of comfort and strength for me.
It was then that I resolved that the many Unity pamphlets and tracts on TruthUnity that speak to healing, re-embodiment, love, forgiveness and trusting God would be easily accessible on a smartphone for others who found themselves in hospital settings or in need of spiritual support.
June and July were devoted to reworking TruthUnity so that it is mobile friendly. August and September have been devoted to formatting the tracts so they are easy to read on a small screen.
Here is the index to the first batch of 25 tracts. There are many, many more coming. So many in fact that they cover up my coffee table, as you can see below. May they find their way to all who need them.
Thank you, Rev. Alicia-Leslie
The dozens of Unity tracts that are available to you right now, and the hundreds more that are coming, are a gift to all of us from Rev. Alicia-Leslie, minister at Spirit of Unity Church of Middlesex County in Connecticut. A year or two ago, she called me up and asked "what's your address?" I had no idea that she was going to send a priceless collection of hundreds of Unity tracts, some of them dating back to the McGee Street era.
Rev. Ali and the Unity tracts she has given to us are perfectly designed for Internet ministry. She's all over the place -- YouTube and Facebook, Constant Contact, her website and many other places -- delivering short, sweet messages of inspiration and joy, in plain language with eye-catching illustrations.
Rev. Ali is the human equivalent of a well-designed inspirational tract. Both spread the word about Truth and Unity, both bring attention to the teachings of the Fillmores and both encourage people to attend a Unity church on Sundays.
Rev. Ali's website comes with a donate page. A few dollars here and there help retired ministers stay active. They also say Thank You. Remember her each time you read and download one of these priceless gems of Truth.