actually, this "New Thought" started with Jesus' "New ew and everlasting covenant"
where we were told that there is no greater commandment than to love our neighbors
Here, we look at the term "New Thought" and offer comparisons with New Thought
Churches other than our Love Church Worldwid.
The Love Church
A Look at Religious Science Church
Church of Religious Science.... The United Church of Religious Science is also called the Science of Mind
Church. Like The Love Church, the United Church of Religious Science is a New Thought Church. (It should
be noted, however, that The Love Church is a Christian New Thought church and places strong emphasis
on the healing, love, peace, and prosperity teachings of Christ.) It's founder was a man named Dr. Ernest
Holmes, who wrote a book called "The Science of Mind." In it, he brought together "the laws of science, the
opinions of philosophy, and the revelations of religion applied to the needs and the aspirations of
Dr. Ernest Holmes is famous for saying, "There is a power for good in the universe greater than you are and
you can use it."
The Science of Mind philosophy, simply put, is that there is One Infinite Mind, God, which permeates all
things, all creation. It teaches that there is a "Mind Principle" and that we can learn to use this Principle for
specific purposes, such as helping others, healing, ending poverty, and bringing happiness to people who
live in sadness and despair.
The United Church of Religious Science teaches that there is only God and that we are all incarnation of
this God and that God's Spirit is in US, eternally, and that heaven is in us and that we experience it in
greater and greater amounts as we become aware of its existence and open ourselves to it. Since Christ
taught that "the Kingdom is within," this is consistent with the beliefs of The Love Church, although we are
not affiliated with the United Church of Religious Science or Science of Mind. More at:
"A look at Unity Church"....
Unity Church, like The Love Church, is a New Thought Church. While Unity Church is a church
"denomination" in its own right, it welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds. Unity Church beliefs
include that we are all "children" of God and, being created by and from God, we are heir to all that we
require to live good lives here on earth. This is consistent with the beliefs of The Love Church, although we
are not affiliated with the Unity Church.
Unity Church, an "old" "new" church. What we now know as The Unity Movement had a shaky start because
of the frail health of its founders: Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. In the late 1880s, Charles had tuberculosis
and Myrtle also suffered poor health. They had tried their hand at various enterprises but, in 1884, the
couple arrived in Kansas City, MO. Investing in real estate, they lost everything. It was then that Spirit
moved in their hearts and they founded Modern Thought Publishing Company in 1889. Later, in 1914, they
opened the Unity School of Christianity.
Mr. and Mrs. Fillmore depended a great deal on their printed materials, which they sold only for "love
offerings." In those early days, they began publishing a magazine called Modern Thought, and Unity
Magazine was opened in 1889.
The Unity movement endured and grew and by the early 1900's, Unity owned and operated their own
publishing plant. They preached, published, and they also entered the new medium of radio broadcasting.
But, even that wasn't enough for the health-conscious Fillmores, who also operated Unity Inn, which became
famous for vegetarian meals.
Today, Unity is a world-wide movement that believes in Christianity as was taught and exemplified by Jesus
Christ. But, they add interpretation based on our experience in modern times.
Unity doesn't preach dogma; its members aren't required to believe in a speficic creed. And, participation in
Unity is open to all, regardless of church background. This is also true with The Love Church Worldwide
which, although not directly affiliated with Unity, does still trace its New Thought heritage to the Filmores.
This would be similar to Methodists considering John Wesley to be their sect's founder, or John Calvin the
founder of the Presbyterian Church.
Unity Church beliefs include that God is the Divine Mind, creator of all, including we humans. Thus, we are
all brothers and sisters, all One in God. While Unity places importance on Christ's death on the cross, it
tends to place greater empathis on His life and teachings.
"Unity is wonderful!" says the Love Church's director, the Rev. Tom Oie, who attended and studied with the
Unity community. Smiling, Oie added, "many of my friends go to Unity...."
Our Pastor / Director:
Reverend Tom Oie
Rev. Tom Oie brings to The Love Church some 35 years in ministry. Starting his training and searching in a
monastic setting as a young man, Tom was given his first pastorate in 1966 in a small United Methodist
church in the rolling hills of New York's Finger Lakes.
Meet Rev. Tom Oie
Rev. Tom Oie brings to The Love Church some 35 years in ministerial background. Starting his training and
searching in a monastic setting as a young man, Tom was given his first pastorate in 1966 in a small United
Methodist church in the rolling hills of New York's Finger Lakes.
As a youth pastor at two other United Methodist churches, Oie was called to preach in numerous other
denominations over the years, including Presbyterian, Baptist, and Congregationalist. Tom's spiritual
awakening came as an associate at Galilee House Secular Mission, headed by The Rev. John Gormley,
Brother Andrew Leach, and The Rev. George Gauthier in the '60s. Galilee House was a center for learning,
renewal, retreats, meditation, and service. Technically owned by the Roman Catholic Church, the Galilee
House community operated outside the "corporate structure" of the Church.
Additionally, Rev. Tom served for several years as an associate minister with a dear friend who pastored
three United Church of Christ parishes in rural Pennsylvania. Tom has taught at the university and college
level, directed The Center for Metaphysical Studies, headed a spiritually-centered counseling clinic, and
was president of a foundation originally established to build a Christian-oriented FM radio station, although
the Foundation branched out into other service areas as well. Over the years, Tom affiliated with and
studied with Unity, as well as studies with The Spiritual Path Foundation.
Love is all around us. We need
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