BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
For the past 5 years, we have been Unity Temple of Truth Church, Inc. “Doing Business as Unity of Midtown.” The consciousness behind the name, Unity of Midtown, was to clearly distinguish us from the other Unity churches in the city, First Unity Spiritual Campus on 4th Street and Unity of St. Petersburg on 1st Ave North. This name also put us in alignment with the plans to develop Midtown as a vibrant area of St. Petersburg.
On Sunday, February 19 at 12:45 pm at our Annual Church Meeting, our congregation voted to return to our original corporate name, Unity Temple of Truth Church, Inc. After engaging in a two-month spiritual discernment process, we chose what was the highest and best for our local assembly and the community that we are called to serve. We trusted in the Lord with all of our hearts and we did not lean to our own understanding. In all of our ways, we acknowledged God and God directed our path (Proverbs 3:5-7).
Through the name, Unity Temple of Truth Church, we are reclaiming our heritage and proclaiming our future. We are building on the foundation that was laid by our founders, Mamie Hughes, Rev. Catherine and James Brooks, Jesse White and other women of color. It was their desire to make truth teachings of health, prosperity and harmony in all relationships as taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ available to people on the Southside of St. Petersburg, especially the African American community.
As the Spiritual Leader of this now growing multicultural, metaphysical Bible-based church, I AM honored to serve a congregation that is unified under one name, Unity Temple of Truth Church. Our prayers have been answered “And we know that all things work together for the good to them who love God and them who are the called according to God’s purpose (Romans 8:28).”
We look forward to continued success as we re-brand, and market who we currently are as a church. We proclaim increase, abundance, overflow and more than enough as it relates to attendance, membership and finances so that we can make an even greater impact on the community. We also envision building or buying our new edifice in 2020 or sooner to accommodate our holistic growth and development.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.