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What is Unity?

The Unity movement was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889 as a healing ministry based on the power of prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our own reality. The Fillmores regarded Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception; interpreted the Bible metaphysically; and taught that God is present within all of us.

A positive alternative to negative religion, Unity seeks to apply the teachings of Jesus as well as other spiritual masters. Unity affirms the power of prayer and helps people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Unity emphasizes the practical, everyday application of spiritual principles to help people live more abundant & meaningful lives.


What are Unity’s basic teachings?

  • Heaven is not a place, but a state of consciousness; we create our own heaven and hell here and now.
  • We all have an innate capacity to know God through direct experience.
  • The “Christ” is that part of God that is in every person. There is a spark of divinity within all people, just as there was in Jesus.
  • Prayer works.
  • We are here to set a positive example and be a role model for others.
  • We are here to make the world a better place.


Unity’s 5 Basic Principles

  1. God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power, God is good and present everywhere.
  2. We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
  3. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
  4. There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God.
  5. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.


Unity of Kona

Unity of Kona, formally known as Unity Church of Kona-Kohala, was founded in 1987 by Rev. Carlton Buboltz. Unity moved into its current location at Kona Center in 2011. We are a member in good standing with Unity Worldwide Ministries (Pacific Rim Region).

We offer Sunday service at 10am, Sunday school, a lending library, Wednesday night prayer & meditation groups, and workshops. Birthday Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. Board of Director meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month. 'Ohana Town Hall Meeting & Potluck are on the fifth Sunday of the month.

Vision Statement: Unity of Kona loves God and serves people.

Mission Statement: Unity of Kona is a spiritual ‘ohana filled with love, prayer, faith and humor, empowering ourselves and others. We are a blessing to the world!



Reverend Deborah Knowles has been the spiritual leader for Unity of Kona for over 15 years. She has been a Unity student, life coach, speaker and teacher for over 30 years.

Deborah received the James Dillet Freeman Youth Services Award from Unity in 1993, was Who’s Who Among American Women in 2002, Ordained Metaphysical Minister in 2002, Doctorate Degree from the University of Metaphysics in 2002, recipient of the Customer Service award for the State of Hawaii for her insurance work in 1997. In 2011 she became a Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT) and became a Licensed Unity Minister (LUM) in November 2013.  Reverend Deborah Knowles has spent over 38 years in Unity. She was ordained in 2015 and has served 18 years at Unity of Kona. 

Born, raised, and educated in California, Deborah made her home on Oahu in the early '70's. She is the proud mother of 4 grown children and grandmother to 16 grandchildren! She moved to Kailua-Kona in 2001 to become the full-time spiritual leader of our wonderful Unity of Kona community.



Our board of trustees meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

  • Patrick Thompson, president
  • Dondi Nueva, vice president
  • Karla Seyer, secretary
  • Jim Nugent, treasurer
  • Rev. Deborah Knowles, member
  • Harold Stene, member
  • Steve Barnes, member