“That doesn’t matter,” the
engineer said. “These people are
nondenominational and will be glad
to pray for your wife.” He did, and
a few days later, my mother was up
and around, functioning properly
again. (She lived to the age of 80 and
was active until her passing.) After
that, whenever a problem arose in
the family, my father would say to
my mother, “Contact those people in
Kansas City and tell them to straighten
out this problem.” My mother
dutifully did so and the problem got
My mother kept leaving Unity
publications around our house because
she thought my father “needed” them,
but he never took the hint. I eventually
wondered what kind of “propaganda”
my mother was leaving for my father,
so I finally picked up an issue of Unity
Magazine. I thought, Wow! Why didn’t
Mother tell me what’s in this literature?
This is what I have believed all my life.
After that I became an avid reader
of Unity literature and books. In 1950,
I attended a retreat at Unity Village
with others from around the world and
had the revelation that made a believer
of me. I returned in the early 1950s
to attend what was then called Unity
Training School. I became a licensed
Unity minister in 1957 and was
ordained by Lowell Fillmore, son
of Unity founders Charles Fillmore
and Myrtle Fillmore, in 1958.
KK: What then-living person most
influenced you while you were studying
to be a Unity minister?
CP: I had the opportunity to observe
Dr. George LeRoy Dale at Unity
School in the 1950s. He was the most
outstanding to me. He had a bombastic
personality and taught a noncredit
“exercise class” that consisted of
doing exercise to affirmations with
piano accompaniment. He talked
about the power of affirmations,
treasure mapping (or vision boards),
and tithing, and he gave wonderful
illustrations of people he knew who
had proved the power of such use. Dr.
Dale, an early chiropractor, had been
a personal student of the legendary
Bernard Mayfaden, a well-known
health guru of that era. He had also
been a close associate of Charles
Fillmore, working as his business
manager in the early years of Unity.
KK: For a long time, you didn’t give
your age. Why was that?
CP: I have not needed to dwell on my
age since it has been correctly listed
in Who’s Who for the past 50 years.
On February 14 of this year, I turned
90. I am still working from my home
in Palm Springs, California, doing
a bit of socializing and so on. My
son, Richard Thrower, and his lovely
wife Karen live nearby. In an era
when people were “old” in their 40s,
Charles Fillmore lived to almost 94,
and Myrtle Fillmore lived to 86. Both
had been diagnosed with “incurable”
conditions, but they proved that right
thinking could lead to right living.
KK: Has your teaching changed at
all over time? And are the questions
asked of you from those in this new
generation any different from those
of past generations?
CP: My teaching hasn’t changed one
bit since I started teaching about
prosperity in the 1950s. I’ve never
deviated from it. And there’s nothing
new about the questions I get. In fact,
I’m now receiving letters from the
children and grandchildren of my
original readers! Everybody still has the
same needs, and they’re still looking for
answers to the same problems.
KK: What in your work now brings
you the most joy?
CP: I get the most joy hearing from
my readers and answering their letters.
I enjoy writing the Unity Church
Worldwide monthly newsletter, Keys to
Prosperity, which I’ve been doing since
1973. I include a monthly message
and letters from my readers on their
success from using my teachings. The
newsletter goes out to thousands
of people globally, and we receive
hundreds of letters every week about
the demonstrations readers have
received from my books, along with
prayer requests for additional help in
their everyday lives.
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Ponder’s books or CDs, write to Unity Church Worldwide, P.O. Box
1536, Palm Desert, California 92261. Catherine Ponder in the 1980s.