- a religion but not a religion?
- Christian but not only Christian?
- a denomination and not denominational?
- it that honors individual differences while seeking universal similarity?
In a word, UNITY!
What is Unity?
Unity is a spiritual philosophy based on the teachings of Jesus, stating that humanity is inseparable from the Spirit of God within, and that through prayerful realization of the Spirit, one may obtain healing in mind, body and affairs. Unity has been described as practical Christianity. Its emphasis is on spirituality rather than religion.
The Unity teachings have a broad appeal to people of all faiths, Christian and non-Christian. Unity recognizes that the core values of all of the world’s great religions are similar. It celebrates the richness of diverse beliefs and expressions that honor the sacred Truth of God. Our spiritual centers attract people of many denominations and traditions. It is not unusual to find Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and people of the Jewish faith joining together to worship.
Unity accepts the Bible as its basic textbook. It interprets the Bible and its lessons as they relate to spiritual and psychological growth and to life experiences. Unity accepts and respects the spiritual values that have been handed down and proven throughout the ages in various forms of ancient wisdom traditions and by worldwide mysticism. It is our belief that God is too great to be contained in just one book or one concept or philosophy.
We believe that God is absolute good and that God is present in all creation. Unity proclaims the divinity of Jesus; but assures you that, like Jesus, you also are a child of God. Unity acknowledges Jesus as master teacher, wayshower, and elder brother; but we worship the Christ, God’s Spirit in humankind, rather than the man, Jesus. Unity agrees with the apostle Paul when he said: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 2:5
The inclusiveness, tolerance, and acceptance of diverse spiritual thought are responsible for the growth of the Unity movement worldwide over the last 100 plus years. Unity has no creedal requirements, little dogma or ritual, and allows you the freedom to grow spiritually at your own pace and to evolve your own working philosophy of ideas and beliefs. We feel that religion should be an open-ended search for Truth, where people of all races, religions, sexual orientation, social and economic backgrounds are welcomed with love and dignity.
Unity has been called a “do-it-yourself” religion because we stress individual responsibility for growth. It is a positive, affirmative approach to life. Unity believes we are here on this planet to love and to serve one another in a spirit of equality and compassion. We seek to align our will with the Spirit of God that is within each of us, a power so awesome and so beautiful that we can overcome and transform any circumstances in our lives. The Christ within is a perfect pattern of health and wholeness. It is a healing, restoring presence. All of our teachings, at their deepest levels, are designed to show us the way to wholeness, to unselfish service to God, and to humanity.
Unity emphasizes that the connection between you and God is direct. The communion between you and God awaits your discovery, a personal relationship with the God of your being. We believe that God in you is seeking to express through you in ways that promote health, well being, joy and fulfillment.
Unity does not preach, sermonize or argue theology. Instead, we strive to offer workable ideas and techniques to bring about personal transformation. Unity adds the most important dimension of successful living – the spiritual dimension. Developing spiritually will bring greater awareness of God’s presence in your life and in the world.
The word Unity means the condition of being one, a totality of parts, a state of harmony. Our spiritual center is a place of freedom, acceptance, faith and joy--a place where all are welcome to the services, classes and activities.
"What is a religion but not a religion?"
At the time of its founding, Unity was not intended to be a new religion. When Charles Fillmore was working out the details of this work in his mind, he set out to establish something that would help all people, no matter what their religious beliefs. Even today, many Unity students prefer to think of Unity not as a religion, but as a way of life. The Unity teachings were drafted to be a help in everyday life, and this is still their finest application. The teachings--and we hope, materials we create based on the teachings--provide a path to personal spiritual unfolding. They are available to and can be used by anyone, no matter what his or her nationality, language, or religion.