Q. Is Unity non-denominational?
No. Unity is a denomination founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore as part of the New Thought movement. Unity should not be confused with Unitarian Universalism or Unification.
Q. Are there Unity churches all over the United States?
Unity churches are found across the nation and world-wide. Unity’s magazine, The Daily Word, has millions of readers.
Q. What does Unity believe?
Q. How should I dress?
Dress here is casual. Congregants wear boots and jeans, walking shorts, dress clothes and everything in between. If we had a dress code, it might be clean, neat and appropriate.
Q. What can I expect when visiting for the first time on a Sunday?
You will be greeted at the Welcome Desk and given a newcomer packet. The Ambassador that day will give you a tour of the church. If you have children in your life, you and they, if they are with you, will be taken to Youth Ed where you’ll be introduced to Amber Holland, our Youth Ed Director. From there, Amber will take over and show you the rest of the church. If children won’t be joining you at church, you’ll be shown key areas of the church and will be introduced to others along the way. You’ll be asked to sit wherever you’re comfortable sitting and the Ambassador will most likely let you know where to find them during and after the service. Newcomers and 2nd and 3rd time guests are encouraged to stop at the Welcome Desk on the way out to receive a copy of the book, “Alternatives”.
AN OVERVIEW OF SERVICES
Rise & Shine Service at 8:45 a.m. consists of an inspiring talk. People often wear jeans to this service, which is a more sparsely attended one with 20+ people. It has a very casual feel.
Our Traditional Service at 10:30 a.m. has several parts. We start with the congregation singing the week’s two joy songs, followed by a welcome, meditation, and talk. When the talk is over, a collection is taken during which we’re entertained with musical talent. Most often, Bob Snook, our wonderful pianist, does one of the songs and a guest does the other. This is also the time during which new guests are welcomed. Last, but by no means least, the children come in from Youth Ed and share what they’ve learned.
FELLOWSHIP HALL After service, you’re invited to Fellowship Hall to meet people and to have coffee or tea and a snack.
That’s it! It’s our hope that new guests will take advantage of all that is offered on a Sunday and at other times. It’s the best way to get a feel for all that is offered here.
Our bylaws are currently under review and will have some changes. Until the new bylaws are adopted, here are our current ones.
UNITY CHURCH OF NORTHEAST TARRANT COUNTY
SECTION 1.01 – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County, a Texas Corporation, (hereinafter
sometimes referred to as the Church, Corporation, or the Ministry) is to teach the universal principles of Truth, as taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ and interpreted by Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches, a non-profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the state of Georgia with headquarters at Unity Village, Missouri
(hereinafter referred to as the Association). Provided, however, nothing in these Bylaws shall be interpreted to require or obligate the Corporation, except where it’s Board of Directors so determines, to pay any assessment or other financial support to any other person(s), entit(ies), or organization(s), including to the Association.
SECTION 1.02 – ASSOCIATION OF UNITY CHURCHES – MEMBERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County is a member of the Association of Unity Churches.
The operation and conduct of the Ministry shall comply with the regulations and policies of the
Association as outlined in the Association Bylaws, insofar as they do not conflict with these Bylaws, the laws of the state of Texas, the autonomy of the Ministry as interpreted by its Board of Directors and Minister(s), or any decision(s) of the Ministry’s Board of Directors which limit or restrict the Ministry’s payment of financial support or assessment(s) to any other person(s), entit(ies), or organizations, including to the Association .
SECTION 2.01 – PRINCIPAL OFFICE
The principal executive office of the Corporation shall be fixed by the Board of Directors. Said
office shall be in the County of Tarrant, State of Texas, or at such other place within the State of
Texas as the Board of Directors hereinafter shall designate. The Corporation may also have offices at such other place or places, as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate.
At present, the principal office of the Corporation is 1650 Hughes Road, Grapevine, Texas 76051.
SECTION 3.01 – QUALIFICATIONS
A member of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County shall endeavor to live in accord with the
Jesus Christ principles of Love and Truth as taught by Unity. He or she shall further the work of
the Ministry through his or her active interest, love, and support.
SECTION 3.O2 – ELECTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS
Election into membership, classification, and verification of membership shall be performed as
(a) Election of Member: Anyone desiring membership in Unity Church of Northeast
Tarrant County shall file an Application for Membership with the office of the
Corporation. This application shall be presented to the Board of Directors at its
next regular meeting. Upon a majority affirmative vote of the Directors present
and voting, the applicant shall become a Member and shall be notified accordingly
by the Board Secretary. All Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County ministers
and licensed Unity teachers are considered members of this Ministry.
(b) Classification of Membership: Membership in this Ministry shall be classified
according to voting eligibility and by the age of the member. There shall be
Voting Members, Non-voting Members, and Non-voting Junior Members.
(1) Voting Members: Members who are at least eighteen years
of age and have satisfactorily verified membership annually in
accordance with Section 3.02 (c) shall be Voting Members.
(2) Junior Members: Members who have not reached eighteen
years of age shall be Junior Members. Junior Members are
(3) Non-Voting Members: Members who have not satisfactorily
verified membership in accordance with section 3.02 (c) shall be
(c) Annual Verification of Membership: The Board of Directors shall mail membership
verification forms to members annually. All members (except Junior
Members) who complete and return the verification forms by the deadline indicated by the Board of Directors shall be Voting Members. Members who do not return membership verification forms within the designated time shall be nonvoting members until membership is verified at the next membership verification period.
SECTION 3.03 – TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP
Tenure and removal from membership shall be determined as follows.
(a) Tenure: A member shall retain membership until it is voluntarily severed, or
as long as his or her ideas and conduct are in accord with the qualifications
specified in Section 3.01.
(b) Removal: Removal from the membership roll of any member whose qualifications
are in question requires at least a two-thirds (66%) affirmative vote of
the Board of Directors, including agreement by the Minister. Prior to action concerning
removal, the member must be given an opportunity for a hearing before
SECTION 3.04 – POWERS OF VOTING MEMBERS
Voting Members of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County shall have power to do the following:
(a) Vote at any membership meeting called in accordance with Section 3.06, at
which the member is present.
(b) Elect members to the Board of Directors as specified in Section 4.04.
(c) Ratify the Bylaws of the Corporation or any amendments thereto as specified
in Section 8.01.
(d) Elect a member, and an alternate, to serve on the Nominating Committee as
specified Section 4.04 (b).
(e) Call a special membership meeting when the affairs of the Ministry warrant
such action. Refer to Section 3.06 (b).
(f) Vote to override any action of the Board of Directors. ln order to override an
action, it must be communicated to the Voting Members in writing at least ten
days prior to a meeting of the membership. A quorum is required and seventy five
percent (75%) of those present and voting have the authority for
(g) Vote for the removal of any Director from his or her office in accordance with
Section 4.05 (a) (4).
(h) Vote on any matters officially brought to the attention of the membership.
SECTION 3.05 – POWERS OF MEMBERS
Members shall have the power to do the following:
(a) Offer suggestions to the Minister or Board of Directors as may seem advisable
for the good of the Ministry.
(b) Any ten (10) members may request liaison assistance by notifying the Executive
Director of the Association in writing.
SECTION 3.06 – MEETINGS AND QUORUM
Meetings shall be conducted as follows:
(a) Annual Membership Meeting: The annual membership meeting of the Corporation
shall be held on the second Sunday in January or a day designated by
the Minister and Board of Directors.
(b) Special Membership Meetings: Any time the affairs of the Corporation warrant,
a special meeting may be called by:
(1) The Minister
(2) A majority of Board of Directors
(3) Twenty-five percent (25%) of the Voting Members. To call a
special meeting the Voting Members shall submit a petition requesting
the meeting signed by at least 25% of the Voting Members
which states the purpose(s) of the meeting’ Upon receiving
the petition, the Board of Directors shall call the meeting on behalf
of the requesting party within a reasonable period of time.
The purpose(s) for a special meeting shall be stated in the written notice to the
membership. Business conducted at the special meeting shall be limited to the
(c) Written Notice: Written notice stating the date, time, and place shall be
mailed to all Voting Members at least ten days before any membership meeting.
(d) Quorum. The lesser of forty (40) Voting Members or twenty-five percent
(25%) of the Voting Members shall constitute a quorum at any membership
(e) Participation: Participation in the business affairs of any membership meeting
shall be restricted to Voting Members in attendance. Participation of other
persons in discussion of business must be approved by a two-thirds (66%)
majority vote of the Voting Members in attendance.
(f) Voting: Unless otherwise provided herein, the vote of the majority of the
Voting Members present and voting shall be necessary for approval or disapproval
of the action being voted upon. Refer to sections 3.04(d), 3.04(9), and
(g) Prayer: ln any membership meeting, the chair, a Minister, an Association
Liaison Representative or any member may request that action on an item of
business be suspended while the membership enters into a time of prayer on the
issue. Upon such request, the chair shall provide a period of prayer and silence.
SECTION 4.01 – ADMINISTRATION
The government of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County shall be vested in the Board of Directors elected from the membership, and the Minister, who is the Administrative Director.
SECTION 4.02 – MINISTER
Duties and compensation of the Minister are as follows:
(a) Spiritual Leader: As the Spiritual Leader, the Minister shall be responsible
for the scheduling, conduct, and content of services, classes, and all other activities
that further the purpose of the Ministry as specified in Section 1.01.
(b)Administrative Director: As the Administrative Director, the Minister shall be:
(1) Responsible for the complete functioning of the Ministry, including
the power to employ and terminate employees of the
Corporation. Refer to Section 4.03 (c) (8).
(2) A voting member of the Board of Directors on all matters except
his or her own employment or successor. Co-ministers
shall have one vote, which may be exercised by either of them.
(3) A member of all committees. Refer to Section 5.01.
(4) Responsible for seeking Association liaison assistance in
the event of a dispute adversely affecting the Ministry.
(c) Compensation: The compensation of the Minister shall be fixed by agreement
between the Minister and the Board of Directors.
(d) Vacancy: Should a vacancy occur in the office of the Minister, the Board of
Directors shall take the necessary steps to fill the vacancy.
SECTION 4.03 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS -MEMBERS
Details of structure and duties of the Board of Directors are as follows:
(a) Structure: The Board of Directors shall consist of the Minister and six Directors
elected from the membership of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County.
Each elected Director shall hold office for three years, or until his successor is
duly elected. The terms of two elected Directors shall expire annually and their
offices shall be filled at the annual membership meeting in accordance with Section
4.04. No elected Director shall serve more than two consecutive terms of
three years each without an interval of one year between terms. Any member of
the Board of Directors who has served more than one year of a term shall be
considered to have served the full term. No individual receiving compensation
from the Church as a full time employee, or the spouse, parents or children of a
full time employee shall serve on the Board of Directors. Further, no Board
member shall be the spouse, parent, or child of another Board member.
(b) Prayer is important that in addition to adhering to the normal procedures
for legal functioning set forth in these bylaws, that the spiritual principles taught
by Unity be utilized in the handling of decisions, which may come before the
Board of Directors. During the discussion of an item of business, any Director
may request time for prayer about the issue. Upon such request, the Chair shall
provide a period of prayer and silence.
(c) Duties: As representatives of the membership, the Board of Directors shall:
(1) Uphold the spiritual purpose of the Ministry as stated in
(2) Uphold the highest interest of the membership in conducting
the business of the Ministry.
(3) Be conversant with these bylaws.
(4) Be faithful in attendance at services, board and membership
meetings, and be supportive of other activities of the Ministry.
(5) Make determination of the business needs of the Ministry
and authorize payment of monies for those purposes.
(6) Administer the property of the Ministry, both real and personal
(7) Make determinations on the purchase, sale, or pledge of
real or personal property on behalf of the Ministry.
(8) Authorize the Minister to employ all staff personnel of this
Ministry, and set and approve their salaries. Refer to Section
(9) Set dates for the fiscal Year.
(10) Cause to be prepared a complete financial statement with
disclosures, each year, setting forth the fiscal condition and operations
of this Ministry. Appoint an audit committee which will
audit the financial records annually.
(1 1) Approve applications for membership in accordance with
(12) Act to fill the unexpired term of any Director in accordance
with Section 4.05(b).
(13) Elect officers of the Board. When necessary, elect their
successors to fill any unexpired term. Refer to Section 4.07.
(14) Ratify committees and their chair as appointed by the
Board President. Refer to Section 5.01.
(15) Communicate with the Executive Director of the Association
for aid in resolution of disputes between the Board of Directors
and the Minister concerning the Minister’s services.
(16) Consider other duties brought to their attention by the Minister or other Directors.
SECTION 4.O4 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS – ELECTION
Election to the Board of Directors is determined as follows:
(a) Qualification: Any person elected to the Board of Directors must be an active
Voting Member of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County. He or she
shall be a person who:
(1) Desires to serve on the Board
(2) Endeavors to live in accord with the Jesus Christ principles
of Love and Truth as taught by Unity.
(3) Furthers the work of the Ministry through an active interest,
love, and support as shown by faithful attendance at services
and other activities of the Ministry.
(4) ls a sincere and continuing student of Unity, evidenced by
attendance and participation at classes and being conversant
with its teachings.
(5) Has demonstrated leadership capabilities and is wilting to
serve as an example for the membership.
(b) Nominating Committee: A Nominating Committee shall be formed at least
three months prior to the annual membership meeting, and shall initiate a search
for at least two qualified candidates for the Board of Directors. The Committee
shall consist of the Minister and three members selected in the following manner:
(1) At the annual membership meeting, the Membership shall
elect one of its members, and an alternate, to serve on the
Nominating Committee for the next year’s election.
(2) The Board of Directors shall elect one of its Directors.
(3) Together with the Minister, the above two Committee members
shall select a third Committee member from the Membership
who shall become the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
ln the event a member and the alternate member of the
Nominating Committee is unable to serve, the Board shall select
a person from the Membership to fill the vacancy. The vacancy
shall not be filled by a current Board member.
(c) Nominating Procedure: As the presiding officer of the annual membership
meeting, the Board President shall:
(1) Read Section 4.04 la) of the bylaws just prior to the call for
(2) Call upon the Chair of the Nominating Committee to present
the Committee’s nominations.
(3) Call for additional nominations from the floor.
The nominees should be chosen primarily on their ability to meet the qualifications
indicated in Section 4.04 (a). Secondarily, a person’s past business success and skills may also be considered.
(d) Election. Votes shall be cast by ballot only if more than two nominations
have been made. The two nominees receiving the largest number of votes shall
be elected to the Board of Directors.
SECTION 4.05 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS. – VACANCY AND REPLACEMENT
Vacancy and replacement of Board members is handled as follows:
(a) Vacancy. The office of a Director may be vacated by any of the following
(1) The resignation of a Director.
(2) The Board voting for the removal of a Director due to absences
from three successive regular Board meetings. Absences
may be excused by the Board upon written request.
(3) The Board voting for the removal of a Director because of
his or her failure to fulfill the duties of the office as specified in
Section 4.03 (c).
(4)The Membership voting for the removal of a Director because
of his or her failure to fulfill the duties of the office as
specified in Section 4.03 (c). Refer to Section 3.04 (g)
(b) Replacement: ln the event of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the
Board shall proceed to fill the vacancy by ballot at its next regular meeting. ln
case of emergency, a special meeting may be called. Persons meeting the
qualifications specified in Section 4.04 (a) shall be considered as replacements.
No replacement shall have served as a Director during the year prior to his or
her election. A majority vote of those present and voting shall be necessary to
elect. The term of the newly elected Director shall expire on the same date as
the term of the Director that is succeeded.
SECTION 4.06 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS – MEETINGS AND QUORUM
Meetings shall be handled in the following manner:
(a) Regular Board Meetings: The regular business meetings of the Board of Directors
shall be held at the headquarters of the Ministry on the first Sunday of
each month, or as otherwise specified by the Board. These meetings shall be
held in accordance with policies and procedures adopted by the Board.
(b) Special Board Meetings: Special meetings of the Board may be called by
the President, the Minister, or at the request of two or more Directors. Their
request shall be in writing and filed with the Board Secretary. Reasonable effort
must be made to notify all Directors of any special meeting.
(c) Quorum: Four Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
(d) Minister Attendance: The Minister has the right to attend all Board and
Special meetings. The Minister must be notified of all special meetings.
SECTION 4.07 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS – OFFICERS
Officers of the Board of Directors shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and
Treasurer. The President shall be elected at the last regular Board meeting prior to the annual
membership meeting. He or she will assume office at the first Board meeting following the annual membership meeting, at which time all other officers of the Board shall be elected. All officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the Directors present and voting, and shall hold their respective offices for one year, or until their successors are duly elected or qualified.
(a) President. The President shall:
(1) Preside at all Board of Directors meetings.
(2) Preside at all membership meetings.
(3) Appoint committees in accordance with Section 5.01.
(4) Be a member of all committees by virtue of his or her office,
except the Nominating Committee.
(5) Sign such papers and documents as may be necessary,
upon proper authorization by the Board.
(b) Vice-President. The Vice-President shall:
(1) Perform all the duties of the President in his or her absence.
(2) Become President in the event that office becomes vacant.
In such case, a new Vice-president shall be erected from among
the remaining Directors and serve the remainder of the term
(c) Secretary. The Secretary shall:
(1) Keep, or cause to be kept, an accurate record of the minutes
of all board and membership meetings.
(2) Hold in custody and be responsible for all reports, contracts,
legal papers, minute books, and the corporate seal. The items
shall be kept in the Ministry office or in such other depository as
prescribed by the Board.
(3) Attend to all official business required by the Board.
(d) Treasurer. The Treasurer shall:
(1) Keep or cause to be kept, a record of all financial transactions
and submit a monthly financial report at each regular
(2) Submit a financial report covering the last complete fiscal
period at the annual membership meeting.
(3) Count, or cause to be counted by the appointment of qualified
persons, all funds received and be responsible for their deposit.
(4) Place, or cause to be placed, the funds of this Ministry in the
bank or other depository approved by the Board.
SECTION 5.01 – FORMATION OF COMMITTEES
Standing Committees can be established by the President for any specific purpose, except the
Nominating Committee (Refer to Section 4.04 (b) ). Standing Committee members shall be
appointed by the President, approved by the Minister, and ratified by the Board. The Board shall
also ratify the Chair of Standing Committees.
SECTION 6.01 – RULES OF ORDER
The latest edition of ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER shall be the authority of the Ministry unless
otherwise provided by these Bylaws.
SECTION 7.01 – DESCRIPTION
The Corporate seal of the Corporation shall include the name of the Ministry in a circle.
Amendment of Bylaws
SECTION 8.01 – PROCEDURE
Amendments to these Bylaws must be made by Voting Members of the Corporation at a legally
constituted membership meeting. Written notice setting forth the proposed amendments must be mailed to all Voting Members at least ten days prior to the required membership meeting. An affirmative vote of two-thirds majority of all Voting Members present and voting shall be necessary to pass any amendment. These Bylaws fully supersede all previous Bylaws adopted by Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County.
SECTION 9.01 – DISSOLUTION
Dissolution of the Corporation shall be handled as follows:
(a) ln the event of the dissolution of the Corporation, all property and funds remaining
after the payment of the debts and liabilities of the Corporation shall be distributed, as determined by the Corporation’s Board of Directors, consistent with the Corporation’s organizational documents, and for one or more tax exempt purposes to an organization described in IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).
(b) ln the event that the Board of the Ministry is unable to reach a decision regarding the distribution of the Ministry’s property and funds, the property and funds remaining after payment of the debts and liabilities of the Corporation shall be distributed by a court of competent jurisdiction in Tarrant County, Texas to another organization to be used in such manner as in the judgment of the court will best accomplish the general purposes for which the Ministry was organized. The Board of the Ministry will be considered to be “unable to reach a decision regarding the distribution” once a period of at least six months has elapsed, from the time the Board, at a properly called Board meeting, initially considers the issue of proper distribution of the Ministry’s property and funds upon dissolution, with no final decision by Board having occurred.