What We Believe
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. The Unity movement was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889 as a healing ministry. We believe the power of our thoughts create our reality. When we're intentional about choosing life-affirming thoughts, words and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life. Our teachings continue to evolve as we identify, embrace and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries. At the core of our beliefs are five basic principles.
5 Basic Principles
- 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 awareness of God.
- Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.
Our Spiritual Beliefs
Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path. The Fillmores regarded Jesus as the great example, rather than the great exception, and they interpreted the Bible metaphysically. Here is a translation of those beliefs:
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. 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, Divine, 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 studies the Bible as history and allegory and interprets it as a metaphysical representation of humankind's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. We recognize 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.
Prayer and Meditation
We believe 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.