This milestone deserves special recognition.
We will celebrate the past, remain grateful for the present, and envision the future of Unity of Dallas.
We are raising 80K in honor of our 80th Anniversary for improvements at Unity of Dallas.
To contribute your tax-deductible donation, use the "Donate" drop-down menu on the navigation bar and click on "Donate". The giving form will pop up. Under the "Give to" drop-down menu select "80 for 80". Finish filling out the rest of the form and submit.
Unity Dallas began in 1943 at 1708 Commerce Street, led by Reverend Ruth Gillespie. It initially occupied a storefront, accommodating 100 people later moving to 2030 Commerce Street. In 1951, they relocated to Greenville and McCommas in East Dallas after their lease expired. The dedicated congregation raised $10,000 for the move in a single Sunday service.
Originally known as the Unity Church of Practical Christianity, the church held its first service at the new location in September 1951. Reverend Cora Mae Crandall joined Reverend Gillespie, serving together for 19 years. In 1970, Unity Dallas merged with a Religious Science group, renaming itself The Unity Church of Dallas.
Growing rapidly, they purchased land at 6525 Forest Lane in 1973 and built the present church with Dr. Curtis’ guidance. The first service in the new Sanctuary was in 1986. Unity of Dallas continued to expand, acquiring additional land in 1977, and undertaking an expansion program in 1984, including a 1,000-seat Sanctuary.
Dr. Curtis retired in 1992. Leadership changed over the years, with various ministers serving, the second longest-tenured being Rev. David McClure and wife Donna. In 2016, Rev. James Buchanan became the Spiritual Leader and has become the longest tenured.
Unity Dallas has a rich history of growth and transformation since its humble beginnings in 1943.
From the original meeting space on Commerce Street which opened in 1943 to the 2nd Location on Commerce Street to Greenville Avenue in 1952.