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What is Unity?
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.
5 Basic Unity Principles - Our Core Beliefs
1. God (Spirit, Universe, Source Energy, the Intelligence) is the Source and Creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere, and in every situation.
2. Our truest nature is divine and good, and our potential is limitless. It is called by many names – we call it Christ-Consciousness.
3. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking, feeling and acting. We have the creative power to choose. Whatever we give our attention to expands and therefore becomes our life experience.
4. There is power in meditation and prayer, and denials and affirmations. We use these tools to bring our awareness into alignment with the Christ-Consciousness.
5. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is the first step. We choose to live them. Unity is a way of life.
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.
We believe that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher of universal truths and as our way-shower. In Unity, we use the term "Christ" to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
The Nature of Humankind
We are each individual eternal expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine and, therefore, inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as realized and demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.
Unity co-founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, studied the Bible as history and allegory, and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind’s evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflecting the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. Scriptures come alive when they are understood as a clear and helpful guide for today's experiences.
Unity Teaches and Emphasizes...
That each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world.
The creative power of thought in our life experience. We refer to this as the law of mind action. When we take personal responsibility to choose life affirming thoughts, words and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life.
The importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives.
To continue to evolve as we identify, embrace and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries.
Prayer and Meditation
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive, negative thoughts (denials) as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth (affirmations). Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.
Youth and Family
Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance of ourselves and others.
In Unity, we feel a sacred responsibility, individually and collectively, to make a positive difference through personal example and active service in our spiritual community, our local community and our world.