Female-led Unity Church celebrates World Day of Prayer

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By Tuseda A. Graggs, shades Magazine

When the World Day of Prayer takes place this Thursday, Sept. 9, many of the prayers offered up will be for people who want to be healed.

However, in these tough economic times, many of the prayers also will be asking for financial breakthrough, according to Charlotte Shelton, president and CEO of the Association of Unity Churches International.

“We do a lot of ceremony around praying for the world and for people’s individual needs,” Shelton said.

The day-long, international event takes place the second Thursday in September and is sponsored by the church association, which unites more than 1,000 Unity Churches around the world. It will bring together hundreds of thousands of its members to pray and celebrate God around this year’s theme “Living in the Flow.”

Many will watch streaming Internet video of events at the Unity Churches headquarters in Lees Summit, Missouri. Others will attend events at their local church. Some people will call, write or email in prayers and pray throughout the day, Shelton said.

Unity was founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri, by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. The annual event began 17 years ago as an offshoot of the church’s Silent Unity Prayer. In its 17-year history, more than 15 million prayers have been offered up. People can request prayer and are “encouraged to use affirmative prayer, the same method of prayer Jesus taught when he said, ‘So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24),’” Shelton said.

Anyone can participate in the event and the church, Shelton added, but admitted the his church has a strong female following and participation.

“We’re a very pro-female movement, in fact the majority of our churches are led by female ministers; but prayer has no gender restriction,” she said.

To learn more about the World Day of Prayer visit www.worlddayofprayer.org or become a fan of Unity on Facebook.

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