- What is Unity?
- What are the basic tenets of the Unity teachings?
- Does Unity believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ?
- What are Unity’s distinctive characteristics?
- What is the Association of Unity Churches?
- What is Unity School of Christianity?
- Who are Unity students?
- 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 place of the Bible in Unity?
- Does Unity practice baptism and communion?
- What is the significance of the blood of Jesus Christ?
- What about the Crucifixion?
- Does Unity accept the virgin birth?
- Does Unity look for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?
- How does Unity regard the Trinity?
- What does Unity teach about sin and salvation, heaven and hell?
- Does Unity believe in reincarnation?
- What are the advantages of attending Unity?
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, as interpreted in the light of modern-day experience by Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches. Unity is a way of life that leads to health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind. The Association of Unity Churches, in cooperation with Unity School of Christianity, has established centers of study and worship throughout the world where people study and practice the Unity way of life. 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, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to create spiritually aware organizations that are nondiscriminatory and that 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.
What are the basic tenets of the Unity teachings? (Back to Top)
- God, Divine Mind, is the Source and Creator of all. There is no other enduring power. The nature of God is absolute good; therefore, all manifestations partake of good. What is called “evil” is a limited or incomplete expression of God or good. Evil’s origin is ignorance.
- We are spiritual beings, ideas in the Mind of God, created in God’s image and likeness. The ideal expression for every human being is the pattern every person is seeking to bring forth. Each individual manifests the Christ in his or her own unique fashion. The perfect expression of the Christ is, therefore, different for each person.
- Jesus was a special person in history who expressed perfection and thereby became the Christ, or Jesus Christ. He was a Teacher who demonstrated the importance of thoughts, words, and deeds in shaping the life and world of the individual.
- Jesus’ teaching was based on prayer, which to Him was conscious communion with God. Preparation for prayer
involves the use of the spoken word, the creative power of God, which is made practical through denials and affirmations. Unity teaches that repeated use of statements of Truth (denials and affirmations) establishes right patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. This is one way individuals use the creative power of God to dominion over mind, body, and affairs.
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 indwells every person; and that every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ, as Jesus did, by being more Christ-like in everyday life.
What are Unity’s distinctive characteristics? (Back to Top)
What is the Association of Unity Churches? (Back to Top)
What is Unity School of Christianity? (Back to Top)
Who are Unity students? (Back to Top)
Unity students are those individuals who have found a deeper understanding of God, of themselves, and of their world through the practical methods presented in the Unity teachings. Often this has come about as a result of some very trying and seemingly hopeless experience. Unity students include many who are readers of the various publications; others attend Unity services and classes, finding in such attendance a spiritual “home” in which they are strengthened in their spiritual unfoldment. They are from all walks of life, and of all races, creeds, and nationalities.
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 place of the Bible in Unity? (Back to Top)
interpretation, wherein names of places and people and their experiences symbolize the unfoldment of human consciousness. Through the study of Unity, the Bible is made more meaningful to individuals. Scripture comes alive when it is understood as a clear and helpful guide for today’s experiences. The Bible reveals the spirit of Truth and the word of God. Holy Spirit, working individually through those who study Scripture and listen within, is the final authority in spiritual awakening.
Does Unity practice baptism and communion? (Back to Top)
What is the significance of the blood of Jesus Christ? (Back to Top)
The blood of Jesus Christ represents the spiritual energy of God-life that purifies or redeems the body through a cleansing and renewal of the consciousness by the spoken word. Regarding the “spilled blood,” or the “ransom of many,” the emphasis in Unity is not so much on the death of Jesus as on His life. He did not relieve us of the necessity of working out our own salvation, but His example and teachings show us the way.
What about the Crucifixion? (Back to Top)
Does Unity accept the virgin birth? (Back to Top)
Unity accepts the virgin birth as an experience in the spiritual unfoldment of each individual. Thus the virgin birth is spiritually interpreted as the birth of the Christ consciousness (the awakening of the awareness of God’s Spirit within) in the purified soul.
Does Unity look for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? (Back to Top)
How does Unity regard the Trinity? (Back to Top)
What does Unity teach about sin and salvation, heaven and hell? (Back to Top)
anxiety, worry, and doubt, to thoughts of love, harmony, joy, and peace. The “fall” takes place in consciousness whenever we fall into negative habits of thinking. Heaven and hell are states of consciousness, not geographical locations. We make our own heaven or hell here and now by our thoughts, words, and deeds.
Does Unity believe in reincarnation? (Back to Top)
Many Unity students accept the concept of reincarnation (re-embodiment after a period of soul rest). This allows us to attain new understandings in a new life experience, so that we can eventually express perfection and demonstrate eternal life. This is our ultimate goal. Unity’s real emphasis is on regeneration, not reincarnation. When we achieve this goal, as Jesus did, it will no longer be necessary to reincarnate. The belief that we could ever be re-embodied into a lower form of life is not accepted by Unity.
What are the advantages of attending Unity? (Back to Top)