What is Unity?
Unity is a worldwide movement of prayer, publishing, and education that helps people of all faiths apply positive spirtual principles in their daily lives. Unity supports all people in their individual quest to know God and find healing in their lives.
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, and the many ways to worship God. Unity stands for peace in our lifetime, for it is our diversity which makes humankind so beautiful.
Unity promotes a way of life that leads to health, abundance, happiness, and peace of mind. For over 100 years Unity has established centers of study and worship throughout the world where people discover and practice the Unity way of life.
Although Unity is sometimes confused with other denominations, such as Unitarian or The Unification Church, there is no connection.
Unity proclaims the divinity of Jesus, but goes even further by proclaiming that every person is a child of God and therefore divine in nature. We believe that a person's mind is his or her connecting link with God or Divine Mind. Therefore, much emphasis is placed on the effective power that every thought, feeling, work or act has in creating one's life.
Unity also seeks to relate religion to daily needs, affirming that for every need there is God's perfect answer. We also place strong emphasis on prayer and meditation. Our primary textbook is The Bible, whose lessons are related to everyday experiences and therefore made more relevant.
Unity views worship as serving God by uplifting and glorifying God's spirit in man, in positive, joyous ways. We're not so much concerned about a "future life" as we are in teaching people to live more fully in the present.
Unity believes in eternal life and views the present moment as a part of that life. We also emphasize the divine potential in every child of God, and teach that through a practical understanding and application of what Jesus taught, that every person can realize and express their potential for a richer and fuller life.
In Unity, everyone is recognized as a true spiritual being, awakening to the truth that sets them free.
Unity’s emphasis is on a path of spiritual awakening that moves humanity toward oneness through love, forgiveness, and acceptance of all people. Unity’s focus is not on sin, but in creating a healthy relationship with God which is free of fear and guilt.
What are Unity Teachings?
Unity has no dogma. The Fillmores were reluctant even to issue a statement of beliefs. They wanted to remain in constant exploration.
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:
The Five Unity Principles
1. There is only one Presence and one Power active as the Universe and in my life. God the Good.
2. Our essence is of God; therefore we are inherently good. This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ.
3. We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in Mind.
4. Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God. Denials and affirmations are tools we use.
5. Through thoughts, words, and actions, we live the Truth we know.