The Rev. Dr. Johnnie Coleman
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|Lessons on Living Abundantly
The Rev. Dr. Johnnie M. Colemon
The Reverend Dr. Johnnie M. Colemon is the Founder of the Universal
Foundation for Better Living and Christ Universal Temple in Chicago, Illinois. In
the early 1950's Dr. Colemon was told she had just six months to live. Refusing
to accept this diagnosis as the truth, Dr. Colemon, at her mother's
encouragement, visited the Unity School to learn the principles of spiritual
healing. Not only did she recover physically, but she also discovered a whole
new approach to living. From the moment she was exposed to the teachings of
Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, founders of the Unity Movement, Dr. Colemon
dedicated herself to teaching all who would listen how to live a better life. In
1956, Dr. Colemon was ordained as a Unity Minister.
Dr. Colemon founded the Universal Foundation for Better Living in 1974, after
serving in various positions in the Unity Movement for 18 years. Her mission
has been to create a platform of equality where all men and women can explore
their divine nature and express their spiritual gifts. She has served as the
Minister-in-Chief of Christ Universal Temple, the largest New Thought
congregation in history, for the past 49 years. Dr. Colemon is an outstanding
example for women in ministry, paving the way for such ministers as the Rev.
Della Reese-Lett, the Rev. Dr. Barbara King, and the Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin. Dr.
Colemon has also earned the support of many of her male colleagues
including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Minister Louis Farrakhan, and the Rev.
Frederick Eikerenkoetter (Rev. Ike).
Known as a visionary and a builder, Dr. Colemon is a noted pioneer in the 20th
century New Thought Movement. The present facility of Christ Universal Temple
is the third church office built under her leadership. This magnificent edifice
stands at the corner of 119th and Ashland Avenue in South Side Chicago,
where Dr. Colemon is also responsible for the construction of a restaurant
banquet facility and an elementary school, the Johnnie Colemon Academy.
Throughout her ministry, Dr. Colemon has brought excitement and innovation to
the teaching of the abundant living message. She is firmly committed to the
demonstration of the Holy Spirit in the lives of others, and her "healing touch"
has blessed thousands of people. Dr. Colemon's methodology is chronicled in
Open Your Mind and Be Healed (DeVorss) and in a series of booklets titled It
Works if You Work It (Christ Universal Temple). The story of her early life and
ministry is documented in Lessons in Living Abundantly: The Life and Ministry
of the Reverend Dr. Johnnie M. Colemon (Universal Foundation for Better
Living). Dr. Colemon's courageous work to empower all people to live
prosperous and healthy lives is cited in several surveys of American Religion.
Lessons on Living Abundantly is a book filled with tributes and testimonies that
tell the account of Dr. Coleman's historical and spiritual journeys and the
myriad of obstacles that she overcame to become one of the world leaders in
the New Thought movement. Inside her book you will find a chapter written by
our very own Rev. Alice J. Brown.
This book is only available in the Transformation Bookstore. Pick up your copy
today to read about this inspirational woman.
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