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We’re glad you’re here! Maybe you stumbled across our site while doing a Google search or heard something about us through word of mouth. Maybe through Silent Unity or reading Daily Word? Perhaps you are looking for something a little different than traditional spiritual practice. You possibly heard of Unity a long time ago and decided to research. However you found us, we believe that it was not a coincidence. We invite you to peruse our website, and if you feel so inclined, visit our bookstore or attend a Sunday service. Maybe both!
There had been interest in starting a local Unity spiritual center since the 1960s, but it wasn't until 1976 that groups of like minded people met up for a four week course. Soon after, services were established at various locations with guest ministers leading. Finally on September 1, 1978, the first full time minister was established and a full time ministry in Michiana was officially born.
We have grown over the years, moved to our current location, which was previously a church. Many congregants have built lifelong friendships and experienced spiritual development as well as improved their everyday lives by practicing Unity principles and living a loving life.
Almost everyone here has a “Unity story” - their own personal account of their beginnings with us. Read a few excerpts from a few of our parishioners:
“I grew up helping others and loving people unconditionally. After I was in my late teens, my Mother starting going to Unity and found great joy going there. She gave me a Daily word to start reading and I really enjoyed it, so when I moved home to Indiana I started to go, to spend time with her and enjoyed it very much. Its a great place to find love and comfort and learn things along the way.” - Sherrie, South Bend, Indiana
“During my many walks in nature, one summer afternoon in 2008 my eye caught sight of a sign which read “Unity of Michiana”. Immediately, I felt myself overwhelmed by Spirit. The thoughts running through my mind were ‘You seek unification with other like-minded spiritual folk’ and, ‘You seek after peace. Inside is where you’ll find it.’ With having been given such conviction/prompting from what I now recognize as the Divine Spirit, I pushed through my own particular fears by basically boldly entering the doors of this particular spiritual center. Here at Unity of Michiana is where I was made to feel welcomed; and, it is here where my Spirit told me you have now found your Spiritual Family.” - D.M., South Bend, Indiana
“A friend who introduced me to Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations with God books told me that the closest thing in the area to the teachings of these books was a Unity spiritual center. Years later, in 2006, I found this congregation, visited, and had a "knowing" within 15 minutes that I was "home". Here, I feel the freedom to be and express who I really am. The feeling of love and acceptance is something I had never felt in a church before. It feels so good to attend because of a desire to do so, rather than a feeling of obligation.” - M.G., Mishawaka, Indiana
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Spirituality and Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path. Unity’s teachings are spiritual in nature rather than focused on a creed, dogma or religiosity.
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.
Spiritual Social Action
In Unity, we feel a sacred responsibility, individually and collectively, to make a positive difference through personal example and active service in our spiritual centers, our communities, and our world.
Affirmative Prayer & 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.
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.
We Honor Diversity
Diversity encompasses complex differences in perspectives, identity, and points of view among individuals who make up the wider community. Diversity includes important and interrelated dimensions of human identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, nationality, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and age. These differences are important to understand but they cannot be used to predict any individual's values, choices or responses.
The Unity movement was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1890 as a healing ministry based on the power of prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our own reality. The Fillmores regarded Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception; interpreted the Bible metaphysically; and taught that God is present within all of us.
Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore believed that by accepting each other we expand our spiritual consciousness. Today, more than 100 years later, Unity is still dedicated to helping ALL people discover a positive path for spiritual living.
The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation.
The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are:
- God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
- We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
- We create our life’s experiences through our way of thinking.
- There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our awareness of God.
- Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.
Unity teaches that all people are created with sacred worth and that no one exists outside the heart of God. Its basic principles state that God is Good, and because all people exist within God, they also are inherently good.
To reflect its inclusiveness, Unity issued a formal Statement of Diversity in 1995:
“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.”
Additionally, in 2011, Unity launched an LGBT Resource Center on its website (www.unity.org/lgbt) to provide spiritual resources geared to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community. The resource center includes articles, podcasts, prayer support and a list of Unity spiritual centers around the country. Site resources are provided by teachers, authors and contributors both inside and outside the Unity movement.