Frequently Asked Questions
What is Unity?
Unity is a positive, practical spiritual path. We teach the effective daily application of Truth. 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 discover and practice the Unity way of life. We address physical, mental, and emotional needs through affirmative prayer and meditation, 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 support diversity.
Is Unity exclusively Christian?
We happily draw from all faith traditions to find universal truths that assist us in growing spiritually, while applying these truths to our lives in a practical way.
Are all Unity churches alike?
Each Unity church has its own flavor. Unity of the Triangle draws heavily from the Christian, Buddhist and Hindu texts.
Is there any connection between Unity and Unitarianism?
No, there is no connection, although there is sometimes confusion because of the similarity in the names. Each is a distinct organization with its own set of beliefs and practices.
Is Unity an offshoot of Christian Science?
No. Unity and Christian Science, as well as many other New Thought groups, had their beginnings in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The application of these principles, the methods of teaching, and the organization of the two movements are different.
Is Unity a denomination?
Some aspects of the Unity movement are denominational, and some are not. For example, there are move than 900 Unity churches and study groups affiliated with the Unity’s sister organization, Unity Worldwide Ministries –the denominational aspect of Unity. In addition, Unity Institute and Seminary, located at Unity Village, Lee’s Summit, MO, trains approximately 60 students every two years to be Unity ministers, which is also denominational.
However, the majority of the work done by Unity involves prayer support, publishing, and education services to people of all faiths. These nondenominational aspects include the prayer ministry, Silent Unity, and Daily Word (Unity’s nondenominational inspirational bimonthly magazine), as well as retreats and spiritual enrichment and education classes that are open to everyone and teach Unity principles in nondenominational settings. (For more information on Unity classes and retreats visit www.unity.org.)
What Is God to Unity?
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. 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, Substance, Principle, Law, and Universal Mind.
What does Unity teach about sin and salvation, heaven and hell?
Sin is our separation from God, the Good, in consciousness. Salvation is now—not something that occurs after death. It happens whenever we turn our thoughts away from fear, anxiety, worry, and doubt; and instead, think of love, harmony, joy, and peace. The “fall” occurs 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.
What Is Jesus to Unity?
We believed that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher or our Way-Shower of universal truths. In Unity, we use the term “Christ” to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
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. Every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ as Jesus did, by being more Christ-like in everyday life.
Does Unity practice baptism and communion?
Yes, symbolically. Whereas baptism by water represents the cleansing of the consciousness, spiritual baptism signifies the inflow of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a mental and spiritual process that takes place within the individual as he or she aligns with the spirit of God.
Spiritual communion takes place through prayer and meditation in the silence. The bread or the body of Jesus Christ symbolizes the word of Truth. The wine or blood of Jesus Christ symbolizes the conscious realization of God-life. Unity practices communion by appropriating or partaking of the spiritual energy represented by these elements.
What does Unity think about the nature of mankind?
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. Master teachers in various faith traditions such as, Jesus the Christ, Buddha, Krishna, and Quan Yin realized their divine potential and demonstrated their divine nature by the way they lived their lives. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.