In October 2008, a few Unity friends got together in Austin to discuss the need for a downtown Austin Unity study group that met monthly. Soon our founding members were joined by several like minded people and were meeting twice a month. Within 6 months we were holding meetings in the American Legion Hall downtown and soon we were meeting weekly. We petitioned Unity Worldwide Ministries and with the help of two retired Unity ministers in Austin became an official Unity church.
In 2012 we hired Rev. Tony Roebuck as our minister and in late 2013 we leased an office space that would become our first church home on South I-35 about a mile south of the river. In 2019 we relocated to the beautiful grounds of Casa de Luz just off S. Lamar on Toomey Street. In the fall of 2021 Tony retired so he and his wife Julie can spend time with their children and grandchildren. We miss him and bless his path going forward.
Today, we have returned to our roots and like back in 2008 by having a rotation of great new thought speakers. Many are Licensed Unity Teachers or ministerial students from surrounding churches. Until the current strain of Covid 19 is in behind us we will meet online. Soon we expect to return to services at Casa de Luz again and we hope you'll visit. Meanwhile services and meetings are virtual using Zoom and Facebook Live. The links are on our website's Home page.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Mission Statement: We inspire people to awaken to the Divine within through spiritual teachings, heart-connections, prayer and sacred service.
Vision Statement: Centered in Spirit, we honor all by celebrating a world transformed by Divine Love.
Core Values: Transforming, Spirit-led, Inspiring, Loving and Joyous.
A mission, vision and values would be just statements if they don’t drive action. Click here for a two page document that tells how the MVV impact our individual and community behaviors.
Our Board of Trustees
Elected by the voting members of the congregation. Our board of directors strive to fulfill the mission, vision and values of our church.
Disagreeing in Love
Our trustees are amazing people. They have signed a covenant to agree and disagree in love. This covenant reminds them of who they really are and how they should respect and support each other even when they don't agree. You can read this covenant by clicking here.
A Commitment to Transparency
Our trustees usually meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM to make decisions that guide the operation and development of Unity in the Heart of Austin. Members who regularly attend the Sunday meetings are welcome to attend the trustees' meeting as observers. It is the trustees' desire to have complete transparency with the congregation.
You can read an Adobe PDF of the bylaws the govern the operation of Unity in the Heart of Austin by clicking here.
Got An Idea?
When the Board of Directors gathers Rev. Roebuck asks each to say what is going well and what could go even better for themselves and for Unity in the Heart of Austin. Now is your chance to contribute your ideas on what could go even better. Just click the Idea Box and fill in the form. You idea will be emailed directly to Rev. Roebuck and Lara Coffer, President of the Board of Trustees.
This is a link to a web page requiring a secure ID and password. It contains the church's legal documents, Unity Worldwide Ministries branding documents and images, minutes from meetings and more. The purpose of this page is to be a handy library for our Board of Trustees members. Most of the information is also available for inspection at church including board meeting minutes and financial reports. They are on a table in the sanctuary each week during services. Literally, our records are an open book.