About us

The Universal Foundation for Better Living (UFBL) is an international association of Bible-based New Thought Christian churches, centers, and study groups dedicated to spreading the abundant life teachings of Jesus the Christ.

Over 40 years of spiritual empowerment

ESTABLISHED BY THE REVEREND DR. JOHNNIE COLEMON IN 1974, THE UFBL’S AIM IS TO MAKE THE EMPOWERING PRINCIPLES OF PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY ACCESSIBLE TO ALL PEOPLE.

About the UFBL

The Universal Foundation for Better Living (UFBL) is an international association of Bible-based New Thought Christian churches, centers, and study groups dedicated to spreading the abundant life teachings of Jesus the Christ.

The UFBL was founded on the spiritual principles of healing by the Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon who, in 1952, was diagnosed with a terminal disease and given only six months to live. The words, “God is my health, I can’t be sick,” from a poem by Hannah Moore Kohaus, sent shock waves through her mental/emotional system and ultimately led her to Unity School of Practical Christianity where she began studying universal spiritual principles and laws, the application of which, ultimately led to her healing.

Dr. Colemon was ordained as a Unity Minister in 1956 and set up her first ministry, Christ Unity Temple in Chicago Illinois. She later withdrew from the Association of Unity Churches to become an independent church. Dr. Colemon renamed her church Christ Universal Temple and also founded the UFBL in 1974.

The New Thought teachings of the UFBL offer Truth students tools to study and interpret the Bible allegorically, apply its ancient wisdom to everyday life, and reconnect with the indwelling presence and power of God.

The Reverend Dr. Sheila McKeithen

Reverend Dr. Sheila McKeithen is the current President of the Universal Foundation for Better Living (UFBL). She assumed leadership of the foundation in January 2015 and is the 3rd President in the over 40-year history of UFBL, succeeding her late mentor, the Reverend Dr. Mary A. Tumpkin, founder and Senior Minister of Universal Truth Center in Miami Gardens, Florida. She is also the Senior Minister of the Universal Centre of Truth in Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. McKeithen defied the odds in 1986 when doctors assured her that she had less than six days to live. After her healing experience, she achieved her dream of becoming an attorney at law, and served as a local bar association president, board member for Legal Aid of Broward County and the Florida Law Related Association.

At the height of her legal career, when she served as an Assistant Attorney General in Florida, Dr. McKeithen was ordained and assigned to minister in Kingston, Jamaica for a short six month assignment. That six month assignment turned into nearly 20 years as she continues to service as senior minister of The Universal Centre of Truth for Better Living.

Rev. Sheila, as she is affectionately called, believes that her mission is to be a vehicle for hope and healing while living in humble surrender to the truth that her life work comes through her but it originates out of the depths of Divine Spirit. Her objective for the Universal Foundation for Better Living is to lead the organization into a process of transformation and exponential growth while spreading the life-changing message of New Thought Christianity by planting UFBL ministry expressions around the world.

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We are Bible-based New Thought Christians.

“Study to show yourself approved unto God.”

2 Timothy 2:15

We interpret the Bible allegorically in order to discover the teachings embedded within the scriptures. We believe the Bible offers nourishment for the soul, and we use its lessons as reminders of our divine origin and purpose.

In addition to the Bible, we study the teachings and writings of leading new thought philosophers and scholars including Charles Fillmore and Dr. H. Emilie Cady.