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About Unity - A Quick Overview
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. Where positive-minded people come together!
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. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity emphasizes 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.
Unity emphasizes the importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives. Unity teachings 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 as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.
Youth and Family Ministry
Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. Everyone is welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility, and unconditional love and acceptance.
Beholds all children as whole and perfect expressions of God
Empowers children to fulfill their divine potential
Teaches children to meditate and pray
Invites children to experience a loving God
Unity provides a strong spiritual foundation for children’s lives.
In Unity, we feel a sacred responsibility, individually and collectively, to make a positive difference through personal example and active service in our churches, our communities and our world.
Honoring Diversity Within The Unity Movement
We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive for our ministries, publications, and programs to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth. It is imperative that our ministries and outreaches be
free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and support diversity.
In our effort to reach out to all people as did our Way-Shower, Jesus Christ, we support the modification of our facilities to make them accessible to all people, regardless of physical challenges; the translation of our materials into Braille and other languages; and respect
for the wonderful variety of human commitments and relationships.
We encourage ministers, teachers, and others within Unity to honor the strength of diversity within their spiritual communities. It is with love and in celebration of our unity, in the midst
of our wondrous diversity, that we affirm this position. (Adopted by: Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches, January 23, 1995)
Statement for Peace
Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for God, the many
paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence
of God and that God loves each one of us equally. It is therefore the position of Unity to
urge all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times and pursue peace, not war, for this is what
honors the God of all our faith traditions. Unity stands for peace in our lifetime.
(Adopted by: Unity School of Christianity and Association of Unity Churches, February 1, 2003) Unity Worldwide Ministries
Vision - Centered in God, we co-create a world that works for all.
Mission - We create and support vibrant, diverse spiritual leaders and communities that foster transformation and inspire people to make a positive difference in our world.
Core Values – Core values are the foundation of the organization and vital for it to be successful; the organization’s ideals; non-negotiable; fundamental for organizational coherence.
Spirit Led – We are centered in God. Spirit leads our thoughts and actions as we co-create a world that works for all.
Integrity - We act from a place of wholeness and are ethical in all our actions. We keep our word.
Diversity – We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. We promote greater understanding among people in a spirit of unity.
Transformation – We are part of a dynamic movement on the cutting edge of spiritual evolution. We teach universal spiritual principles that change lives.
Abundance – Living in the infinite flow of God’s good, we draw from God’s inexhaustible supply and wisely use our rich resources to serve the world.
Unity Worldwide Ministries
PO Box 610 • Lees Summit MO 64063
Off 816.524.7414 • Fax 816.525.4020
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Unity - Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, symbolically. Whereas baptism by water represents the cleansing of the consciousness, spiritual baptism signifies the inflow of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a mental and spiritual process that takes place within the individual as he or she aligns with the spirit of God. Spiritual communion takes place through prayer and meditation in the silence. The word of Truth is symbolized by the bread or body of Jesus Christ. The conscious realization of God-life is symbolized by the wine or blood of Jesus Christ. Unity practices communion by appropriating, or partaking, of the spiritual energy represented by these elements.
The Bible is Unity's basic textbook. Scripture comes alive when it is understood as a clear and helpful guide for today's experiences. We also use the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (MBD) that was composed by Charles Fillmore and other Biblical scholars.(see bottom of this document for further description of MBD.)
No. Unity and Christian Science, as well as many other New Thought groups, had their beginnings in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The application of principles, the methods of teaching, and the organization of the two movements are quite different.
Yes. All of our services in the Unity Village Chapel, along with the surrounding grounds, are open to the public. The grounds at Unity headquarters include a rose garden, a labyrinth for walking meditation, a metaphysical library, and a bookstore. Many retreats are held on the Unity headquarters grounds at Unity Village.
Sin is our separation from God, the Good, in consciousness, in our beliefs. Salvation is now--not something that occurs after death. It happens whenever we turn our thoughts from fear, anxiety, worry, and doubt to thoughts of love, harmony, joy, and peace. The "fall" takes place in consciousness whenever we fall into negative habits of thinking. Heaven and hell are states of consciousness, not geographical locations. We make our own heaven or hell here and now by our thoughts, words, and deeds.
Unity is a vehicle for instruction, inspiration, and prayer support for spiritual seekers, regardless of their religious affiliation. Unity freely shares its teachings with all churches.
Yes, Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person. Every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ as Jesus did, by being more Christ-like in everyday life.
Some aspects of the Unity movement are denominational, and some are not. For example, there are more than 900 Unity churches and study groups affiliated with Unity's sister organization, Unity Worldwide Ministries. This is a denominational aspect of Unity. In addition, Unity Institute and Seminary, located at Unity Village, trains approximately 60 students every two years to be Unity ministers. This is also denominational. However, the majority of the work done by Unity involves prayer, publishing, and education services to people of all faiths. These nondenominational aspects include the prayer ministry called Silent Unity, Daily Word (Unity's nondenominational inspirational daily devotional magazine mailed bimonthly), retreats, and spiritual enrichment and education classes (SEE) that are open to everyone and teach Unity principles in nondenominational settings.
We encourage you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding. We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation. The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are:
1) God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present
2) We are spiritual beings, created in God's image. The spirit of God lives within each person;
therefore, all people are inherently good.
3) We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. Our thoughts create our individual
4) There is power in affirmative prayer, (praying with the desired result in mind as if already realized)
which we believe increases our connection to God.
5) Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.
No, there is no connection, although there is sometimes confusion because of the similarity of the names. Each is a distinct organization with its own set of beliefs and practices.
Unity is positive, practical Christianity. We teach the effective daily application of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ. We promote a way of life that leads to health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind. Unity has established centers of study and worship throughout the world where people discover and practice the Unity way of life. We address physical, mental, and emotional needs through affirmative prayer and spiritual education. We serve those who seek inspiration and prayer support as well as those who use Unity teachings as their primary path of spiritual growth. We believe that all people are created with sacred worth, and we strive to reach out to all who seek support and spiritual growth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. Our ministries and outreaches are free of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, and sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to create spiritually aware organizations that are accepting and support diversity.
December 12, 2015
Ministers and Spiritual Leaders of Unity Worldwide Ministries adopt the following resolution:
The ministers and spiritual leaders of Unity Worldwide Ministries condemn hate speech and any call to ban Muslims from entering the United States. We believe in the equality of all people and the Golden Rule which is found in almost all world religions. We refuse to condone any policy of discrimination against others. We believe that all people have been created in the “image and likeness of the Divine.” (Genesis 1:26-27) and we hold all people as our sacred brothers and sisters. In Unity, we understand our sacred oneness with all people and realize that any split in that oneness, is a split within the very fabric of our own nature.
We realize that we learn and deepen our spiritual understanding by coming together, standing together, and learning from one another. We realize that FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real, and we refuse to give power to any fear. We understand that while fear may be a natural immediate response to situations, it is not a response that leads to wise actions, for it injures ourselves, our psyches, our bodies and our relationships.
We call on all people to lift their consciousness to one of compassion where we are led by God and by the wisdom within our hearts. It is up to us to denounce the spread of fear which separates us from our innate wisdom and from our human family. It is up to us to embrace our shared humanity as we welcome in the stranger and realize that we are one family in God.
We find the Peace that passes understanding and make a place for it in our life and in this world!