What is Unity?

Unity is a link in the great educational movement inaugurated by Jesus Christ; our objective is to discern the truth in Christianity and prove it. The truth that we teach is not new, neither do we claim special revelations or discovery of new religious principles. Our purpose is to help and teach mankind to use and prove the eternal Truth taught by the Master.

— Charles Fillmore

co-founder of Unity

UNITY is a way of life that offers spiritual resources for daily living. Founded in the late 1800s, Unity is a worldwide Christian organization over a century old. Unity is a spiritually based, educational organization, teaching practical, livable principles based on ideas taught and demonstrated by Jesus. Unity and other New Thought movements have their origins in the work of the Transcendentalists, Emerson and Thoreau, Phineas Quimby, Emma Curtis Hopkins, also the mystics of the early Christian church, and the mystical traditions and practices of many religions that are still alive today. Unity acknowledges the universal teachings of spiritual masters of all the great wisdom traditions. We believe there is one God, called by many different names and found through many different paths.

UNITY seeks to relate our spiritual experience to practical everyday needs, affirming that, for every need, there is God's perfect answer. Our teachings embrace a metaphysical interpretation of the Bible for its Universal Truths that inspire and offer us practical lessons for our everyday life experiences.

UNITY celebrates One Presence, One Power, One God. We know that there are many paths to God and we acknowledge the great Master Teachers in all spiritual traditions and cultures. Different spiritual traditions are like spokes on a wheel, with the hub being God. They may seem separate and apart by their variety of beliefs and practices, but they are all seeking the One Presence, God at the hub of all life.

While UNITY honors all spiritual traditions and great teachers; we focus on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as our Way shower and Master Teacher. We affirm that the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are the model for our own lives. We behold the Christ in ourselves and in all beings. We see our lives as the unfolding journey of exploration as we each discover our true Divine Nature. Unity teaches that consciousness is our connecting link with God or Divine Mind. Through a deeper awareness of our consciousness we come to know that the mind affects not only health and healing in the physical body, but all the circumstances of our lives.

UNITY is dedicated to the practice of prayer and meditation as the foundation of our spiritual life. Through Prayer we seek to establish a direct communication with the Divine. Prayer is not a technique for changing God, but rather for changing us. As we deepen our awareness of the God life within and around us, we expand and transform our consciousness and our lives.

UNITY is an extremely positive approach to life, seeking to accept the good in people and all of life. God is seen as having many attributes, but the most important one is that God is Love. Unity stresses that God is not a physical man in the sky, for this limits God. God is Spirit, everywhere present, the one and only Spirit in and through all things.

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UNITY's basic understandings that are the foundation of Unity are these:

  • God is absolute good, everywhere present. There is only One Presence and One Power that is good.
  • Human beings have the Divine Spirit within them. Their very essence is of God; therefore they are inherently good.
  • Human beings create their experiences through the activity of thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in consciousness. Thoughts held in Mind produce after their kind.
  • Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and every good thing. Through meditation we quiet the mind and listen.
  • Knowing and understanding the Laws of Life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the Truth that he or she knows.

. [UNITY is] a religious philosophy based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, stating that humanity is inseparable from the Spirit of God within and that through prayerful realization of the Spirit, we may obtain healing of all life's inharmonies in mind and body.

— Webster's Dictionary

UNITY celebrates the creativity, beauty, wisdom and love in all life and in you. Our worship services are uplifting and prayerful. We seek to invite the co-creativity of the community to manifest the rich diversity of God's kingdom.

UNITY is a worldwide spiritual organization over a century old. Because of similarity in names, Unity has, on occasion, been confused with other organizations. However, there is no connection between Unity and Unitarianism or the Unification church.