Universal Foundation for Better Living
|Universal Foundation for Better Living|
|Classification||Universal Foundation for Better Living|
|Separated from||Unity Church|
|Official website||Official UFBL website|
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The Universal Foundation for Better Living, or UFBL, is a New Thought denomination that was founded in 1974 by Johnnie Colemon in Chicago, Illinois. Colemon founded the foundation as an association for African American New Thought ministers after breaking away from the Unity Church for "blatant racism". Rev. Colemon is often referred to as "the First Lady of New Thought".
After founding the first predominantly African American Unity Church in 1954, Colemon broke away in 1974. Named the Universal Foundation for Better Living, the foundation had 22,000 members in the late 1980s, with a 32-acre facility in the Chicago-area. The foundation adheres closely to the principles taught by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore.
Today the denomination has more than 30 churches across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, with a majority of African American members. The Rev. Mary Tumpkin has served as the leader of the UFBL since 2007, when Rev. Coleman retired.
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- Universal Foundation for Better Living official website