What is Unity

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#What is Unity?
#What are Unity's basic teachings?
#Is Unity a denomination?
#Does Unity believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ?
#What is the role of the bible in Unity?



What is Unity?
Unity is a link in the great educational movement inaugurated by Jesus Christ.  Our objective is to discern the truth in Christianity and prove it.  The truth that we teach is not new, neither do we claim special revelations or discovery of new religious principles.  Our purpose is to help and teach mankind to use and prove the eternal Truth taught by the Master.  --Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity

Unity is positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the Universal Truths in all religions and respects each individual's right to choose a spiritual path.  

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 Wayshower. In Unity, we use the term "Christ" to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.

Unity teachings continue to evolve as we identify, embrace, and apply spiritual insights and make new discoveries about spiritual law.
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What are Unity's basic teachings?
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.

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Is Unity a denomination?
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, the Association of Unity Churches. This is a denominational aspect of Unity. In addition, the Unity Institute 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 at Unity Village 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 monthly magazine), retreats, and continuing education classes that are open to everyone and teach Unity principles in nondenominational settings.

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Does Unity believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ?
Yes, Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person. We believe that every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ, as Jesus did, by being more Christ-like in everyday life.
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What is the role of the Bible in Unity?
Unity cofounders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, studied the Bible as history and allegory, and interpreted it as a metaphor of humankind's evolutionary journey towards spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. These writings reflect the understanding and inspiration of the authors at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a source of spiritual inspiration for us now as it was then.

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