1937 - today
In 1924 Unity came to Canada as study groups in the Greater Toronto area. Then in 1937 classes started in Hamilton.
From the Charter to the Mountain
Unity in Hamilton was officially chartered as a church on March 16, 1977 under the direction of Rev. Floyd Howard. Respectively, Rev. Kathryn Garton, Rev. Marilou Smith, Licensed Unity Teachers Mildred Kennedy and Betty Aitken led the community in understanding the New Thought teachings through the years. Mrs. Aitken led the community to its first church home at 77 Victoria Ave. S. in December 1981. She became an ordained Unity minister in 1982 and was the spiritual leader until 1997, directing the church and retreat centre at 21 Rosedene Ave. overlooking the city and the lake.
The Board of Directors guided the church and retreat centre until 1999, when Rev. Jane (Drotar) Simmons became the senior minister. She initiated a chaplaincy program, promoted community outreach and helped build a youth education program. In cooperation with Unity of Kitchener and Unity of Mississauga, an Intensive Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) class program was started. Rev Jane served until 2003.
Rev. Joy Young came in as Interim Minister from January—October 2005. During her tenure, she initiated Sacred Circles and a memorable metaphysical musical of The Wizard of Oz was presented.
Rev. Cynthia and Rev. Don
In September 2006, Rev. Cynthia and Rev. Don began as co-ministers of Unity in Hamilton. With Rev Don as the Spiritual Care minister and Rev Cynthia as the Lead minister, there was a renewed sense of community, purpose and direction.
Rev Pat Ball
September 2017, Rev Pat came to provide interim ministry, until we found a new permanent minister.
As a result, a deep spiritual consciousness, an awareness that we are evolutionary spiritual beings arose. Open, direct communication and a desire for practice spiritual principles in our day-to-day lives has brought a sense of joy and love to this community that is practically tangible. Under Rev Pat’s guidance there has been a conscious shift from doing church to being a spiritual hub for Hamilton.
Rev Anne Ahokangas
December 1, 2018, Rev Anne began the next phase in our experience as a spiritual community. We are moving forward with confidence towards personal and global transformation as we participate in the growing movement of shared spiritual awakening.
With a goal to ignite the fire within each individual, the individual relationship with the God of your understanding, you will discover the use of a wide range of materials as the foundation of classes, activities and the Sunday Experience; from sacred text, to popular and cutting edge inspirational books. The Sunday Experience is often participatory with community engagement in meaningful and transformational discussions. Unity Spiritual Centre is our new monacre because we have chosen to be a community of inclusive and open-minded people who are seeking more meaningful and abundant lives and the chance to make a lasting difference through community action, without the restrictions of location or dogma of any religious dogma. You will find us online with live streaming and recorded materials for your perusal.
We invite you to come and be a part of our movement forward as we discover what it means to be in spiritual relationship with each other.