- What is Unity?
- What are Unity’s basic teachings?
- Does Unity believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ?
- Is Unity a denomination?
- What is the relationship of Unity to other churches?
- Is there any connection between Unity and Unitarianism?
- Is Unity an offshoot of Christian Science?
- What is the role of the Bible in Unity?
- Does Unity practice baptism and communion?
- What does Unity teach about sin and salvation, heaven and hell?
What is Unity? (Back to Top)
Unity is positive, practical Christianity. It teaches the practical application in everyday life 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 study 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 nondiscriminatory and that support diversity.
What are Unity’s basic teachings? (Back to Top)
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:
- 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 experiences through our way of thinking.
- There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God.
- Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.
Does Unity believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ? (Back to Top)
Yes, Unity teaches that the spirit of God dwelt 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 Christlike in everyday life.
Is Unity a Denomination? (Back to Top)
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, Silent Unity, Daily Word (Unity’s nondenominational inspirational bimonthly magazine), retreats, and spiritual enrichment and education classes (SEE) that are open to everyone and teach Unity principles in nondenominational settings.
What is the relationship of Unity to other churches? (Back to Top)
Is there any connection between Unity and Unitarianism? (Back to Top)
Is Unity an offshoot of Christian Science? (Back to Top)
What is the role of the Bible in Unity? (Back to Top)
Does Unity practice baptism and communion? (Back to Top)
What does Unity teach about sin and salvation, heaven and hell? (Back to Top)