"We believe everyone should have a spiritual home in a community where greater expressions of Love brings growth and Peace."
Rev. Patty Becker
Rev. Patty Becker, OIM, LUT, has been the spiritual leader of Unity of Kent since 2014. In her 22 years of ministry she has served the greater Puget Sound area as senior minister of three Unity Churches, guest speaker, teacher and spiritual counselor. Rev. Patty is a trained Religious Science Practitioner, hospice worker and spiritual director. As an Ordained Interfaith Minister (OIM) she brings to her work a familiarity with all world religions and spiritual philosophies. As a Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT) she both teaches and practices positive, practical transformational spiritual principles through the lenses of the teaching of Jesus, metaphysics and New Thought.
Rev. Patty was born and raised in Seattle. Her entire career has been in service to her local area where she has groomed her interests in helping others to realize and express their own spiritual potential.
What is Unity
Unity is a center for personal growth based on Spiritual principles. We strive to practice love, tolerance, acceptance and compassion in all we do and recognize that the only way to effect meaningful change is by changing ourselves. We recognize the Divine Presence, often called God, in everyone and acknowledge the presence of the Divine active in all churches, temples and centers of worship around the world.
Unity of Kent is an open and welcoming congregation inviting people of every race, creed, color, lifestyle and sexual orientation to experience spiritual growth through the lenses of New Thought and the teachings of Jesus. Our approach to spiritual growth is both positive and practical and can be aplied to everyday life.
Unity's Basic Teaching Principles
The Divine, also called God, is absolute good, everywhere present.
Human beings have a spark of divinity within them. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.
Human beings create their exeriences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the physical world has its beginning in thought.
Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with the Divine Presence and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.
Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the truth that he or she knows.
Unity of Kent History
The building of Unity of Kent was first commissioned by the First Presbyterian Church of Kent in the early 1920's.
It was built in the Romanesque style of architecture in downtown Kent. Romanesque architecture is based on Roman architectural elements. It is the rounded Roman arch that is the literal basis for structures built in the style.
The First Presbyterian Church occupied the building from 1926 to 1962. Between 1962 and 1981 it was used by the Kent Chamber of Commerce as a bingo hall.
It was bought from the Presbyterians in 1981 and became Unity Church of Kent under the leadership of Rev. Shirley Zobrist.
All of the church's stained glass windows are original except one. That one was broken out by the fire department when a fire resulted from pouring gasoline into a kerosene burner. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
The original tower was made of brick. The top of it collapsed in the 1965 earthquake. Several years before, the bell was removed by the Presbyterians and now is the property of the Kent Historical Society. The tower was rebuilt using wood.
Unity of Kent serves many groups. Besides being home to our own congregation, it is also used by a Spanish Evangelical Church for services and provides space for rent.
Rev. Patty Becker is the current spiritual leader.