"UNITY VILLAGE" Unity Village by mtncorg
Unity Village Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 8 photos
Who would have thought of Kansas City as a Midwestern version of Rome, Jerusalem or Mecca. Not only does one find the Mormon faith complexes in nearby Independence, but here at Unity Village on the southeastern edge of Kansas City is the impressive headquarter complex for the Association of Unity Churches.
Unity grew out of the New Thought movement of the late 19th century and the Unity Association is probably the largest product of the movement. Founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889, there are today over 1000 churches scattered about the World. Followers consider themselves to be Christian though mainstream Christianity would probably disagree with their definitions.
Originally 58 acres were purchased in 1919 to serve as a weekend retreat for the Fillmores and their followers - the church was then centered in downtown Kansas City - and today encompasses over 1400 acres with the entire complex being incorporated into the municipality of Unity Village, since 1953. To visit Unity Village, first stop at the Bookstore on the southeast edge of the campus, just next to the large parking lot you come upon when coming through the main entrance. At the bookstore you can pick up a map/brochure which gives you the information you need for a self guided tour of the complex.
FROM THE NORTH AND MCI AIRPORT (St. Joseph, Omaha, etc.):
Coming from the airport, take I-435 East (Exit 14) toward St. Louis. After about 10 miles, I-435 will curve to the south and become I-435 South. Stay on I-435 South across I-35 and the Missouri River until you get to I-70 East (Exit 63B). Exit on I-70 East toward St. Louis. (Note: The exit ramp goes off the left side of the highway). Stay on I-70 East for about 10 1/2 miles to I-470/Highway 291 South (Exit 15A) toward Lee’s Summit. Exit right (south) on I-470/291 South. Stay on I-470 for about 6 1/2 miles to Colbern Road (Exit 10A). Exit at Colbern Road and turn right (west). Follow Colbern straight ahead for about 2 miles and turn right at the yellow blinking light and into Unity Village.
The Tower dominates the Unity Village campus. The Silent Unity Building anchors the northwestern end and the Activities... more travel advice
1989, complete with Chapel, Meditation Garden and a light that shines forth at all hours. There is a daily service... more travel advice
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