Who Are We?
We are an independent New Thought Christian Organization committed to spreading the abundant-living message of Jesus the Christ. Ours is a Christian teaching that seeks to help all people transform their lives in a positive way.
Rev. Sheila McKeithen’s sermon, ‘The Law of Command’ at Christ Universal Temple, Chicago, IL, August 6, 2011. Used with permission.
I. To teach the immediate availability of the Kingdom of God (good), for such a realization leads to transformation in the moment.
II. To make the Bible come alive by revealing its practicality, applicability and relevance to daily living.
III. To teach the Christ as Principle not as a Personality.
IV. To teach that consciousness building is an individual’s responsibility.
V. To teach Spiritual Healing.
VI. To keep New Thought practical Christianity “new,” or relevant.
In 1990, a group from Unity of Jamaica assumed the name “The Nature of God Class” with the objective of practicing silent meditation, engaging in metaphysical Bible study and discussion of the writings of such writers as Charles Fillmore, Eric Butterworth and Joel Goldsmith. Led by Avis Hylton the group included Cynthia Crooks, Rose Dundas, Norma Eaton, Eileen Henry, Peter Hylton, Roy Hylton, Angie McGann, Margaret McGann and Hazel Sterling, Clio Whittingham, Phyllis Tomlinson and Hyacinth Sherlock.
The group held Prayer Retreats in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and in 1993 its guests were the Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin from the Universal Truth Centre, Miami and the Rev. Joseph Hill from Christ Universal Temple, Chicago. Arising from this visit, the initial plans for the establishment of a UFBL centre in Jamaica were discussed.
In furtherance of this plan, the Vision Group led by Avis Hylton and comprising Cynthia Crooks, Rose Dundas, Norma Eaton, Eileen Henry, Lisa Holt-Lawrence, Peter Hylton, Roy Hylton, Beverley Manley, Angela Melhado, Hyacinth Sherlock, and Hazel Sterling was formed in September 1994. Shortly afterwards, the group launched a series of “Ye Shall Know the Truth” lectures which were taught by Rev. Mary at the Jamaica Pegasus in the form of Prosperity Luncheon meetings.
The next development was a series of intensive training sessions led by Rev. Mary in Basic Truth principles and the Bible to prepare candidates for attendance in the Intensive Teacher Training course at the Johnnie Colemon Institute in Chicago. Six persons attended this training in the summer classes and on their return, Better Living classes using such books as “Spiritual Economics” by Eric Butterworth and “The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity” were introduced.
The Universal Centre of Truth for Better Living Ltd. was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on September 14, 1994 and after the acquisition of administrative offices at 8 Glenview Terrace late 1995, a bookstore was opened and daily noontime meditation sessions commenced.
In November 1996 Rev. Sheila McKeithen was assigned as our minister by U.F.B.L. President, Dr. Mary Tumpkin. Sunday worship services commenced on the first Sunday of January 1996 and were held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. UCT officially became a member church of the Universal Foundation for Better Living on November 13, 1998 and purchased its first property in Seymour Park in June 1999. UCT acquired its second property which houses its sanctuary in December 2007.
Five Basic Principles form the core of our teachings:
1. The Omnipresence of God
2. The Divinity of Humankind
3. The Value and Power of Thought
4. Practicing the Presence of God
5. The Law of Demonstration
Our core text is The Bible and our secondary text is, Lessons in Truth by Dr. H. Emile Cady
Serving along with Rev. Sheila is Rev. Dr. Phyllis A. Green who serves as the Director of the Education Ministry. Dr. Lisa Lawrence is currently a Minister in Training
Sunday Worship Location: 15 Colllins Green Avenue, Kingston 5, Jamacia
Worship Times: 10:30 am on Sundays, except for Special Services/Events