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Francis Chan on Unity
Published: 2015/09/01
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what is Unity? The most frequently asked question to Unity Churches
what is Unity? The most frequently asked question to Unity Churches
Published: 2009/12/09
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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon "Learning to Receive"—Seattle Unity Church—08-19-2012
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon "Learning to Receive"—Seattle Unity Church—08-19-2012
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: Seattle Unity Church
Back to Basics: The Five Foundational Unity Principles Part 1
Back to Basics: The Five Foundational Unity Principles Part 1
Published: 2017/01/10
Channel: Unity Houston
The Word from Unity from Unity Church PSA  - Wayne Rogers 1980
The Word from Unity from Unity Church PSA - Wayne Rogers 1980
Published: 2012/10/12
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The Revelation That Changed Dr. Maya Angelou
The Revelation That Changed Dr. Maya Angelou's Life | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network
Published: 2013/05/19
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Affirmative Prayer—The Silent Unity Method of Prayer
Affirmative Prayer—The Silent Unity Method of Prayer
Published: 2012/07/23
Channel: UnityOnlineOrg
Unity Church: Not Christian!
Unity Church: Not Christian!
Published: 2013/09/22
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What does the Bible say about unity in the Body (the Church)?
What does the Bible say about unity in the Body (the Church)?
Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: John Ankerberg Show
Laura Berman Song "Everything that I Am"—Seattle Unity Church—03-17-2013
Laura Berman Song "Everything that I Am"—Seattle Unity Church—03-17-2013
Published: 2013/03/18
Channel: Seattle Unity Church
Unity Church of Hawaii Live Stream - Town Hall (5-28-17)
Unity Church of Hawaii Live Stream - Town Hall (5-28-17)
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: Unity Church of Hawaii
Unity in the Church (How Good and How Pleasant)
Unity in the Church (How Good and How Pleasant)
Published: 2008/03/08
Channel: Randy Vild
An Inspirational Message About Unity
An Inspirational Message About Unity
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: Unity of Charlotte
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon "The Power of Letting Go"—Seattle Unity Church—11-08-2015
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon "The Power of Letting Go"—Seattle Unity Church—11-08-2015
Published: 2015/11/09
Channel: Seattle Unity Church
Amazing Grace with Steven Tyler @ Renaissance Unity Church Warren MI
Amazing Grace with Steven Tyler @ Renaissance Unity Church Warren MI
Published: 2015/07/25
Channel: Harmonie Park
Ep. 658 FADE to BLACK Jimmy Church w/ Corey Goode : Unity in the Community : LIVE
Ep. 658 FADE to BLACK Jimmy Church w/ Corey Goode : Unity in the Community : LIVE
Published: 2017/05/17
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Maintaining Unity in Your Church - Mack Tomlison
Maintaining Unity in Your Church - Mack Tomlison
Published: 2017/04/18
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Babylon Gaining POWER   Church Unity and False Revival Coming!
Babylon Gaining POWER Church Unity and False Revival Coming!
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: SOLDIER IN CHRIST
Dr. Adrian Rogers Calls for Unity at Bellevue Baptist Church
Dr. Adrian Rogers Calls for Unity at Bellevue Baptist Church
Published: 2006/10/25
Channel: lovingbellevue
The Unity Church Examined
The Unity Church Examined
Published: 2009/09/23
Channel: excatholics
Unity Church of Austin - 09/28/14 - "Bringing YourSelf to Life"
Unity Church of Austin - 09/28/14 - "Bringing YourSelf to Life"
Published: 2014/10/03
Channel: UnityChurchofAustin
Interview with Satan about unity in the church
Interview with Satan about unity in the church
Published: 2008/12/13
Channel: BLPtv4u
Unity Church Sermon – Unity North Atlanta 4/24/2016
Unity Church Sermon – Unity North Atlanta 4/24/2016
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: Unity North Atlanta
Unity Church of The Hills - Update on Senior Minister Search
Unity Church of The Hills - Update on Senior Minister Search
Published: 2017/03/26
Channel: Unity Church of the Hills
Lessons From Dad, Unity Church of Hawaii Live Stream (6-18-17) 9 AM
Lessons From Dad, Unity Church of Hawaii Live Stream (6-18-17) 9 AM
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: Unity Church of Hawaii
White Church, Black Pastor: Pursuing Racial Unity
White Church, Black Pastor: Pursuing Racial Unity
Published: 2015/04/02
Channel: ERLC
Three Keys to Church Unity (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Three Keys to Church Unity (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Published: 2013/01/24
Channel: Foothill Bible Church
Welcome to Unity Church of Hawaii, Rev. Sky St. John
Welcome to Unity Church of Hawaii, Rev. Sky St. John
Published: 2013/08/03
Channel: Unity Church of Hawaii
The Word from Unity PSA Unity Church Greg Morris
The Word from Unity PSA Unity Church Greg Morris
Published: 2015/05/06
Channel: pizzaguy2002
Rev. Richard  Levy Sermon "From Expectations to Acceptance"—Seattle Unity Church—05-12-2013
Rev. Richard Levy Sermon "From Expectations to Acceptance"—Seattle Unity Church—05-12-2013
Published: 2013/05/13
Channel: Seattle Unity Church
United Church of Christ video, Trading Places, emphasizes interfaith unity
United Church of Christ video, Trading Places, emphasizes interfaith unity
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: United Church of Christ
Unity and the Kingdom-minded Church | Dr. Tony Evans
Unity and the Kingdom-minded Church | Dr. Tony Evans
Published: 2014/02/12
Channel: One Church One City
Lisa Natoli at Unity Church
Lisa Natoli at Unity Church
Published: 2014/08/25
Channel: Teachers of God Foundation
E.V.P. Society of Ontario - Unity Church Investigation
E.V.P. Society of Ontario - Unity Church Investigation
Published: 2012/03/05
Channel: Dennis Claveau
@ToddDulaney speaks on unity in the church, new music & more! #StellarAwards Red Carpet
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Published: 2016/03/10
Channel: ArtSoulRadio TV
Unity Church of Hawaii LIVE - "Who Are You?"
Unity Church of Hawaii LIVE - "Who Are You?"
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: Unity Church of Hawaii
"United" - Church Unity Worship Song By Dan Loewen (Lyric Video)
"United" - Church Unity Worship Song By Dan Loewen (Lyric Video)
Published: 2012/07/19
Channel: Dan Loewen
Where Is Unity in a Theologically Divided Church? (10:30 AM - Noon)
Where Is Unity in a Theologically Divided Church? (10:30 AM - Noon)
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Orvin Lao
Unity Singers @ Shabach - March 2017, Church of God of Prophecy Buff Bay (Portland, Jamaica W.I)
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Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: Kareem Elijah
Unity Church of God in Christ Sunshine Band - We Love The Lord!  - 1/11/2015
Unity Church of God in Christ Sunshine Band - We Love The Lord! - 1/11/2015
Published: 2015/01/12
Channel: deacrad
Welcome Home to Unity Church of the Hills
Welcome Home to Unity Church of the Hills
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Unity Church of the Hills
Samoan Unity Church- all things are possible
Samoan Unity Church- all things are possible
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: ManyOfHorror
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Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Seattle Unity Church
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Published: 2017/01/03
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Unity Church
Unity Village
Unity Village
Classification Unity
Orientation New Thought
Origin 1889
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Official website unity.org
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New Thought

Unity, known informally as Unity Church, is a New Thought Christian organization that publishes the Daily Word devotional publication. It describes itself as a "positive, practical Christianity" which "teach[es] the effective daily application of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ" and promotes "a way of life that leads to health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind."[1]


History[edit]

Unity was founded in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1889 by Charles Fillmore (1854–1948) and Myrtle Fillmore (1845–1931) after Mrs. Fillmore had been cured of her tuberculosis, she believed, by spiritual healing. This resulted in the Fillmores' studying spiritual healing and being influenced by Emma Curtis Hopkins and Mary Baker Eddy (the founder of Christian Science).

After World War I, Unity Village was developed 15 miles from Kansas City. The movement was led, after Charles Fillmore’s death, by the Fillmores’ sons and grandchildren.[2]

Organization[edit]

Unity World Headquarters offer magazines, books, pamphlets and a prayer ministry. Silent Unity, a telephone and email service, offers people help through prayer and counseling.


Unity operates several programs, including a prayer program called Silent Unity, the Unity Society of Practical Christianity, Unity School of Christianity, Unity Institute, the Office of Prayer Research, the Association of Unity Churches, and Unity House, the church's publishing arm. The home of Unity is at Unity Village, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City.

Overview of Unity[edit]

Unity School of Christianity

Unity describes itself as a worldwide Christian organization which teaches a positive approach to life, seeking to accept the good in all people and events. Unity began as a healing ministry and healing has continued to be its main emphasis.[3] It teaches that all people can improve the quality of their lives through thought.[4]

Unity describes itself as having no particular creed, no set dogma, and no required ritual.[5] It maintains that there is good in every approach to God and in every religion that is fulfilling someone's needs.[6] It holds that one should not focus on past sins but on the potential good in all.[7]

Unity emphasizes spiritual healing, prosperity and the curing of illness by spiritual means, but Unity does not reject or resist medical treatments.[2] Unity is accepting of the beliefs of others.[8][9][10][11]

Churches fall under the auspices of Unity Worldwide Ministries although each church is autonomous in its practices.[citation needed]

Basic teachings[edit]

The five basic ideas of Unity's belief system are:[12]

  1. "God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere."
  2. "We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good."
  3. "We create our life experiences through our way of thinking."
  4. "There is power in affirmative prayer, which can increase a person's connection to God."
  5. "Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. People must live them."

Unity aims to demonstrate that the teachings of Jesus Christ can be lived every day. Its followers believe that the true "Church" is a "state of consciousness in mankind."[13] Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God, that each person is sacred, and each person is worthy. Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in people's experience, and encourages taking personal responsibility to choose life-affirming thoughts, words and actions, holding that when people do this, they experience a more fulfilling and abundant life.[14][15]

H. Emilie Cady's 1896 book Lessons in Truth, A Course of Twelve Lessons in Practical Christianity is considered a core text of Unity.

God[edit]

Unity Church views God as spiritual energy which is present everywhere and is available to all people. Members of the church believe that God only seeks to express the highest good through everyone and everything.[16] According to Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore:

God is not a person who has set creation in motion and gone away and left it to run down like a clock. God is Spirit, infinite Mind, the immanent force and intelligence everywhere manifest in nature. God is the silent voice that speaks into visibility all the life there is.[17]

He later states that:

God is your higher self and is in constant waiting upon you. He loves to serve, and will attend faithfully to the most minute details of your daily life.[18]

Jesus[edit]

Unity Church followers believe in the divinity of Jesus, but only in the sense that all humans are the children of God and share that divine potential. They believe that Jesus was a master teacher who expressed this divine potential and sought to show others how to do the same.[19] Unity uses the term "Christ" to mean the divinity in all people. For them Jesus is the great example of the Christ in physical form.[20][21]

The nature of humanity[edit]

Unity Church teaches that its followers are all individual, eternal expressions of God, and that their essential nature is divine and therefore inherently good. Unity followers believe their purpose in life is to express their divine potential as demonstrated by Jesus, and that the more they awaken to their divine nature, the more they can do this.[22][23] Salvation, in the Unity view, is found in conscious understanding of one's innate divinity and then putting that knowledge into practice in everyday life.[24]

The Bible[edit]

Unity founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, studied the Bible as history and allegory. They interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of each soul's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. Unity understands the Bible as a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. The Bible is a valuable spiritual resource, but is understood as a reflection of the comprehension and inspiration of the writers and their times.[25][26][27]

Affirmative prayer[edit]

Affirmative prayer is understood, in Unity, as the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of negative thoughts and holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation and prayer, we can experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness of truth and thereby transform our lives.[28][29]

Prayer is valuable not because it alters the circumstances and conditions of your life, but because it alters you.[30]

Unity teaches that it is helpful to pray with the belief that we have already received all that we need. In this view, through prayer the mind is renewed and the body transformed. The awareness that we are conscious creators of our lives, has the power to make the bridge between the old Christianity where we are "sinners" to the new understanding that we are "learners."[31] The Unity school of Christianity holds that prayer is not a way to inform God of one's troubles or to change God in any way, but rather, prayer is properly used to align with the power that is God.[32][33]

Relationship to Christianity[edit]

Unity emphasizes its agreements, not differences, with traditional Christians and[8] stresses its concurrence with the teachings of Jesus and the Bible.[34][35][36][37][38][39]

It has been generally accepted that Jesus' great works were miracles and that the power to do miracles was delegated to His immediate followers only. In recent years many of Jesus' followers have inquired into His healing methods, and they have found that healing is based on universal mental and spiritual laws which anyone can utilize who will comply with the conditions involved in these laws.[40]

Unity considers itself to be a non-sectarian educational institution although Unity ministers do complete a prescribed program of courses, training and ordination. [8]

Notable members[edit]

Well known persons affiliated with Unity include Maya Angelou[41][42] Betty White,[43] Eleanor Powell,[44] Lucie Arnaz,[45] Wally Amos,[46] Licensed Unity Teacher Ruth Warrick,[47] Barbara Billingsley, Theodore Schneider, Erykah Badu, Matt Hoverman, author Victoria Moran,[48] Patricia Neal,[49] Holmes Osborne[50]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Unity.org. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Unity School of Christianity". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  3. ^ Rhea, Rosemary Fillmore, "Unity in the twenty-first Century" Unity Magazine, Sept–Oct 2004, pp. 32–34
  4. ^ Omwake, Mary, "The Power to Heal" Unity Magazine Nov–Dec 2005, p. 38
  5. ^ Rosemergy, Jim "No More Dogmas, No More Creeds, Unity Magazine, March–April 2003, p 17
  6. ^ Bazzy, Connie Fillmore, "Unity School of Christianity and the Unity Movement" Unity Magazine, Sept–Oct 2001, pp. 4–6
  7. ^ "Unity:A Path for Spiritual Living" Unity Magazine, Nov–Dec 2007,pp.41–42
  8. ^ a b c "Unity School of Christianity, The New Encyclopædia Britannica, 1987, Vol 12 P, 162.
  9. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions about Unity". Unity.org. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  10. ^ Kornfield, Jack, "The Wisdom of Not Knowing" Unity Magazine Nov–Dec 2005 p. 10
  11. ^ Gaither, Jim, Metaphysical Musings, Unity Magazine, Jan–Feb 2008, p. 10
  12. ^ "What We Believe". Unity.org. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  13. ^ Fillmore(1997) p37
  14. ^ Fillmore, Charles, Talks on Truth,17th ed 1998 pp. 7–13
  15. ^ Cady, Emilie Lessons in Truth, 15th ed 1995, pp. 97–109, 143–154
  16. ^ Shepherd, Thomas, "I've Always Wondered About" Unity Magazine, Sept–Oct 2007, p. 10
  17. ^ "Talks on Truth, by Charles Fillmore, page 9". The New Thought Library. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "Talks on Truth, by Charles Fillmore, page 11". The New Thought Library. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  19. ^ Fillmore(1997) p111
  20. ^ Fillmore(1997) p25
  21. ^ Braden, Charles, Spirits in Rebellion:The Rise and Development of New Thought. 1987, Southern Methodist University Press. pp. 260–262
  22. ^ Cady, Emilie, Lessons in Truth, 15th ed 1995 pp. 17–24
  23. ^ Butterworth, Eric MetaMorality: A Metaphysical Approach to The Ten Commandments. 1988, pp. 119–122
  24. ^ Braden, Charles Spirits in Rebellion: The Rise and Development of New Thought. 1987, Southern Methodist University Press. p. 238
  25. ^ Fillmore(1997) p. 24
  26. ^ Turner, Elizabeth S. Be Ye Transformed: Bible Interpretation Acts through Revelation 1988, pp. 9–13
  27. ^ "What We Believe". Unity.org. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  28. ^ Mosley, Glenn, "Learning to Pray," Unity Magazine May–June 2001, pp. 16–17
  29. ^ "Official creed of the Unity/Unitarian Church". Bible.ca. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  30. ^ Freeman, James Dillet, "Life is a Wonder" Unity Magazine, Mar–Apr 2001, pp. 18–19
  31. ^ Baherman, Steve, "Unity: The Healing Edge of Christianity", Unity Magazine, Jan–Feb 2008, pp. 20–22
  32. ^ Fillmore(1997) pp 152–154
  33. ^ Cady, Emilie, Lessons in Truth, 15th ed 1995, pp 97–108
  34. ^ Fillmore, Charles Jesus Christ Heals, 19th ed 1999, pages 9–35
  35. ^ Turner, Elizabeth Sands, Your Hope of Glory, 10th ed, 1996, pp. 7–15
  36. ^ Butterworth, Eric The Universe is Calling, 1994, pp. 129–135
  37. ^ Freeman, James Dillet, The Story of Unity, 2000, pp. 9–19, 225–269
  38. ^ Mosley, Glenn, "Unity, Much more than a Denomination" Unity Magazine, Mar–Apr, 2003, pp. 15–16
  39. ^ Shepherd, Thomas, "That's a Good Question" Unity Magazine, Jan–Feb 2008, p. 7
  40. ^ Fillmore, Charles Jesus Christ Heals, 19th ed 1999, p. 79
  41. ^ http://www.ntunity.org/blog/mglorius/18/08/2012
  42. ^ Maya Angelou at 80: Life is still an adventure, Hillel Italie, Phillyburbs.com, March 29, 2008
  43. ^ Villalva, Brittney R. "Betty White- I'm 'Sexier' and 'More Wise' at 91 (PHOTO)". www.christianpost.com. The Christian Post. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  44. ^ Taylor, Jim. "OUR "QUEEN OF TAP DANCING" - ELEANOR POWELL". www.tapdance.org. International Tap Association. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  45. ^ Messer, Kate X. "Lucie 'splains It All". www.austinchronicle.com. The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  46. ^ Amos, Wally; Denton, Camilla (1994). Man with No Name (PDF). Lower Lake, CA 95457: Aslan Publishing. pp. 101–102. ISBN 0-944031-57-9. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  47. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths WARRICK, RUTH". The New York Times. January 18, 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  48. ^ Moran, Victoria. "Growing Up on Daily Word". www.dailyword.com. Daily Word. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  49. ^ Raven, Barbara C. Badge of Courage. Unity Church of New York, 2002.
  50. ^ and Holmes Osborne mentioned attending on the cast commentary on the Donnie Darko DVD

Further reading[edit]

  • Berry, Harold J. (1975). Unity School of Christianity: What's Christian about It?. Lincoln, Neb.: Back to the Bible Publications. ISBN 0-8474-0745-4
  • Fillmore, Charles (1931). Metaphysical Bible Dictionary. Unity Village, Mo.: Unity School of Christianity.
  • Fillmore, Charles (1997). The Revealing Word: a dictionary of metaphysical terms. Unity Books. ISBN 0-87159-006-9. 
  • Fillmore, Charles ([19--]). The Adventure Called Unity. Unity Village, Mo.: Unity. Without ISBN
  • Vahle, Neal (September 2002). The Unity Movement: Its Evolution and Spiritual Teachings. Templeton Foundation Press. pp. 504 pages. ISBN 1-890151-96-3. 
  • Mosley,Glenn R. The History and Future NEW THOUGHT, ANCIENT WISDOM of the New Thought Movement, Templelton Foundation Press, (2006). ISBN 1599470896

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