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UNITY - The Movement
Since 1889, the Unity movement has been a clear voice for positive, practical, spiritual living. Its publishing house and the Silent Unity Prayer ministry is located at Unity Worldwide Headquarters in Unity Village, MO. (SE of Kansas City)  The activities and products and services for the 1000+ ministries in the world are provided by the Unity Worldwide Ministries located in Lee's Summit, MO. 
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Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing

YMCA 310 Lenawe St.In 1934, Rev.'s Ida and Harvey Best (ordained in 1923) held the first Unity service in downtown Lansing. The center was called the Society of Practical Christianity, Lansing Truth Association and later the Lansing Unity Association.  In 1941 the group moved their services, classes and all other activities to the YWCA. 

In September of 1941, Roxie G. Miller, a licensed Unity teacher since 1938,Colllage manor conducted Sunday Services at the College Manor building, 224 Abbott Road, East Lansing (Now Rick's Cafe). June 25, 1943, Roxie Miller became ordained by invitation/exception at Unity School of Christianity, Kansas City, Missouri. 


October 23rd, 1948, the first service of the newly formed East Lansing Unity Center2511 S Washington Ave was held at 425 W. Grand River Avenue. The church was dedicated with an open house on December 12, 1948.

November 5th, 1950, Rev.'s Ida (DOD 6/28/1965) and Harvey (DOD 1955) retired and Rev. Nora S. Elliott was appointed the new minister of the Lansing Unity Association.  On July 6, 1952, Nora married Gail Hines. She was ordained as a Unity minister in 1937. 

In 1952, the Unity congregation incorporated as Lansing Unity Chapel.  Their first service was December 8th, 1957 in a bungalow-type building they purchased at 2511 S. Washington Ave.

In September of 1963, Rev. Eleonore E. Kraft was hired following the retirement of Nora Hines (DOD 1/5/65) . In 1966, the Lansing Unity Chapel outgrew their Washington Street property, and sold the building.  Services and other activities were held at the Lansing YMCA, 301 W. Lenawee during these years.  Also during that time, Rev. Roxie Miller resigned at minister of the East Lansing Unity Center, though she continued with her Wednesday evening classes.  Guest speakers conducted Sunday services until Rev. Richard Dale Billings was hired May 29, 1966, 3 weeks after his ordination.

Unity Church of Lansing, a separate Unity church, was also established with the intention of serving the downtown Lansing area. December 16, 1966. a special members' meeting of the two Unity Centers was held and the members agreed to merge into one church.  In 1967, under the assistance of Rev. Eleonore Krafft and Rev. Richard Dale Billings, the two groups merged and went through a name change to become Unity of Greater Lansing.  Rev. Eleonore Krafft held her last service in Lansing as a candle light service on Sunday and a Wednesday, both at the Lansing YMCA.  On December 25, 1966, Eleonore and Richard conducted a joint service at East Lansing on Christmas day, a New Year's Eve service from 9:30 pm - 12:30 pm and a New Year's Day service at 11:00 am.

254 Marshall StreetIn 1968, the Unity of Greater Lansing congregation purchased the building at 240 Marshall Street with a parsonage next door at 238. Some few years later, the parsonage (238 Marshall) next door to the south was sold and still later, the 2-story house next door to the north, at 254 Marshall, was purchased. It was used as a Youth Building.  In 1982, a group broke off after Associate Minister Amelia Franklin left to take a church in Washington D.C..The group began a ministry known as "Fellowship for Today".

The people at Unity of Greater Lansing increasingly saw the need to provide more modern facilities and be handicap-accessible.  More seating was required, as well.  In 2012, they moved into 2001 E. Grand River--to temporarily share space with the Plymouth Congregational community.  In November 2013, the congregation moved to a leased location at 15851 S. Old US 27 in north Lansing, in the Crowne Point Business Park, until December 2015.  During this time, Rev. Lederer finished his contract with the church and an interim minister, Barry Vennard, was hired.

Meanwhile, in 2004, associate minister Rev. Kate DeMougin left to found another Unity230 S Holmes Street church in Lansing - Unity Spiritual Renaissance. The group rented space from the Metaphysical Church of Christ (formerly the Spiritual Episcopalian Church) at 230 S. Holmes Street.  After 6 months, the church and the adjacent property was gifted to Unity Spiritual Renaissance for a token exchange.  Lucille Olson accepted the position of music director.  This new Unity community became an instrumental part of the Allen Street Neighborhood.  Then in 2014, Rev. DeMougin made her transition.  The congregation, deeply grieving their loss, worked together to keep the ministry viable.

During 2015, Rev. Vennard worked with Unity of Greater Lansing to help the congregation shift to a "mission-based" ministry as opposed to a "minister-centric" ministry.  During this time, Rev. Vennard entered into conversation with Unity Spiritual Renaissance regarding a similar shift in their focus.  By the end of 2015, the 2 organizations, through prayerful consideration, had decided to merge into one.  The new ministry was named Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing and located at 230 S. Holmes Street.   Rev. Vennard completed his work in March of 2016.  The newly formed organization hired their first minister July 1st, 2016, Rev. Sharon Ketchum.  On December 30th, 2016, the 240 Marshall Street church and the adjoining house at 254 Marshall Street was sold and the funds were put into the building fund.  In 2019, the community contracted with Hip Homes to build an addition to make the church handicap accessible.

September 8th, 2019 Unity Spiritual Center suffered a devasting fire. The fire department was called about 5:45 by an anonymous passerby.  9 fire trucks and 18 firefighters came to fight the blaze.  Through their work, the structure of the sanctuary was saved but the office structure was compromised.  The building needed to be entirely gutted and some of it totally rebuilt.**  While the building was being restored, Unity was holding Sunday services at "The Fledge" at 1300 Eureka St., one block from the Unity building.  Offices and weekday meetings, classes and groups met at a portable office space loaded into the property at 230 S. Holmes Street. This 60 foot trailer housed two offices and a large meeting room.  It also had bathroom facilities.  We were forced to relinquish the trailor after a complaint by a neighbor.  We then rented office space on Michigan Avenue.

March 2019, the world was hit with a pandemic.  All inperson gatherings were stopped or extremely limited.  Unity put the safety of our congregation as our first priority.  All Sunday services, classes and groups meetings went to a virtual format using Zoom.

During Covid, the board explored how much it would cost to restore the building and make it handicap accessible, as well as adding on some office space.  The cost was around $1,500,000.  We began to look for alternatives.

2395 Washington Road, LansingDecember 29th, 2020, USCL purchased the property at 2395 Washington Road, Lansing MI 48911 for $585,000 cash from our fire insurance and building fund.  We moved our offices to the new location on Januiary 14th, but since we were still operating under COVID 19 safety restrictions, we could not have inperson groups. Volunteers, headed by Co-project managers Jerry Podany and Board President Dan Maynard, began the monumental task of bringing the building up to Delhi township code.  About $200,000 in renovations were required to bring the building up to code plus adding a sound and video system for our services.

Unity received a temporary occupancy permit on June 17th and the first on location service at the new Unity Campus was held June 20th, 2021. The Consecration of the Building and the Blessing of the Property was held on July 11th, 2021 with an official ribbon cutting opening in October of that year.

**The former builing at 230 S Holmes was purchased and turned into the Unity apartments. Construction began in 2024.


Ministers and Locations:


History of Unity in the Lansing Area



Olds Hotel Rev. Ida and Rev. Harvey Best (Society of Practical Christianity, Lansing Truth Association, and later Lansing Unity Association, Hotel Olds, Lansing to the YWCA in 1941)

Ordained  1923  Retired 1950


11/25/1934 - 1950

roxie millerRoxie Miller (East Lansing Unity Center, College Mano

College Manor Building, 224 Abbott Road, East Lansing)

Ordained 1943, (Deceased 4/15/1972)

On April 15, 1972 Roxie Miller, a retired ordained Unity minister, made her transition. Roxie was the former minister of our Unity work in Lansing, Michigan, and retired in 1966. Roxie has, over the years, been loved by all of us in the movement and has, we know, our very special blessing as she moves on in our Father's house of many mansions. We bless her and her family during this time of change.
1941 - 65
                       (East Lansing Unity Center, 425 W. Grand River Avenue) 1948


Rev. Nora S. Elliott - Hines (Lansing Unity Association,  Lansing Unity Chapel)  

Ordained 1937  Transitioned January 6th, 1965

1947 - 63

Unity Chapel 2511 S. WashingtonLansing Unity Chapel incorporated                                                                                                            

- moved to 2511 S. Washington Avenue, December 8th, 1957

                                                                          Transition of Harvey Best 7/5/1955

YWCM 301 W. Lenawe St.Eleonore E. Krafft  following her service in Lansing, she returned to the Jackson Unity Church which she had founded in 1963

Ordained 1953

1966 Unity Yearbook: Krafft, Eleanore E., Lansing 48910 Lansing Unity Chapel, Y.M.C.A., 301 W. Lenawee Tel. 517-882-6374  

1963 - 1/1/1967
                                                                        Transition of Nora (Elliott) Hines 1/5/1965
  Paul Butler (East Lansing) and Ida Best (Lansing) ordained 1967 1966 - 68
                                                                                Transition of Ida Best 7/28/1965

Richard Billings (East Lansing Unity Center)Rev. Richard Billing

July 1, 1967, he accepted a position at Unity of Oak Park, Illinois where he still serves, co-ministering with Helice Green

1966 - 67

MERGER: East Lansing Unity Center & Lansing Unity Chapel became Unity of Greater Lansing


  Paul Butler  (Unity of Greater Lansing, moved to 240 Marshall Street, 5/12/ 1968) 1967 - 12/7/1969

Rev. Ed Hodge

Ed Hoge     Unity 240 Marshall Street

(Unity of Greater Lansing, 240 Marshall)

Ordained in 1962

1/2/1970 - 10/1/1975

Wes Wallen  (Unity of Greater Lansing, 240 Marshall)

Ordained 1972
Birthday: Sept 9
9/21/1976 -  9/21/1977

Dick Ammons


Lawrence Richard (Dick) Ammons

  (Unity of Greater Lansing, 240 Marshall)

1977 - 2004
                 Group splits off to form "Fellowship for Today"  September 1983

Guy Lynch


Guy Lynch           (Unity of Greater Lansing, 240 Marshall)

2004 - 06

Kate DeMougin


Kate DeMougin   

Unity Spiritual Renaissance  (230 Holmes Street)


2004 - 14

Kent Lederer


Kent Lederer   

 (Unity of Greater Lansing, 240 Marshall)


2006 - 14
                                                        Transition of Kate DeMougin 2014


Barry Vennard

Barry Vennard - Transitional Ministry Specialist

Unity of Greater Lansing   (15851 Hwy 27, Lansing)


2014 - 3/31/2016

MERGER: Unity of Great Lansing and Unity Spiritual Renaissance became

Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing


Sharon Ketchum

Sharon Ketchum   Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing  

(230 Holmes Street, Lansing)

September 2019: Fire

Temporary move to The Fledge, 1300 Eureka St., Lansing

March 2020 Covid-19 Quarantine - Services provided electronically on Facebook and YouTube.


January 2021 moved to Unity Campus, 2395 Washington Road, Lansing, 48911

First In Person, On location Hybrid service June 20th, 2021

Building and Grounds Consecrated July 11th, 2021

Grand Opening September 19th 2021

2016 - present


Associate Ministers:

Amalia FranklinAmalia Frank   

Unity of Greater Lansing                                                

1980 to 1982

Kate DeMouginKate DeMougin       ​​       

Unity of Greater Lansing

1999 to 2004