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Is Unity a Christian Church?

Research has found that the mere mention of Christianity closes many people off to the things we offer that could provide healing in their lives. How do we share our truth principles? Especially with those who have been unhappy as members of other Christian communities adhering to different interpretations of the gospel message? How do we answer the question, “Is Unity a Christian church?” 

 

Below are explanations and information about our teachings. They reveal a Unity perspective on our relationship to Jesus, Christ and other terms. 

Jesus

We believe that Jesus fully 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.

God

God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present.  God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation and all wisdom. 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, Spirit and Universal Mind.

 

The Bible

Unity co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore studied the Bible as history and allegory, and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflections of the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.

 

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.

Prayer and Meditation

Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes releasing from the mind counterproductive, negative thoughts, as well as holding in the mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness, and thereby transform our lives.

We believe heaven is not a place, but a state of consciousness; we create our own heaven and hell here and now.  We believe we all have an innate capacity to know God through direct experience.  The “Christ” is the part of God that is in every person. There is divinity within all people, just as there was in Jesus.

Unity Fort Wayne is LGBTQ+ 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.

 

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.

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 LGBTQ+ community.