FAQ

 LGBT INCLUSIVE

Unity teaches that all people are created with sacred worth and that no one exists outside the
heart of God. Its basic principles state that God is Good, and because all people exist within God,
they also are inherently good.
 
To reflect its inclusiveness, Unity issued a formal Statement of Diversity in 1995::.
“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, color, gender, age, creed,
religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. Our sincere
desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and 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.”
 
Additionally, in 2011, Unity launched an LGBT Resource Center on its website
www.unity.org/lgbt to provide spiritual resources geared to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender
community. The resource center includes articles, podcasts, prayer support and a list of Unity
churches and centers around the country. Site resources are provided by teachers, authors and
contributors both inside and outside the Unity movement.
 
MARRIAGE RIGHTS
Though Unity takes no official position on social issues, Unity churches are free to support samesex
marriages. Unity Village, the world headquarters of the Unity movement, and many
churches and centers perform holy unions and marriages where they are legal.
 
LGBT MINISTERS
The Unity movement accepts and welcomes LGBT ministers, licensed Unity teachers, and
ministerial and licensed Unity teacher candidates. While no specific data is available, a sizeable
percentage of Unity ministers and congregants are connected to the LGBT community.