Unity Church of Fort Worth is part of the worldwide, trans-denominational Unity movement that is over 125 years old.
Unity’s prayer ministry, Silent Unity (800-669-7729), offers continuous help and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Unity also publishes the well-known monthly devotional magazine Daily Word.
Unity Teachings & Key Principles
Put simply, there are five essential Unity Principles that form the essence of our belief and way of life.
The First Principle: God is absolute Good, everywhere present.
There is One Presence and One Power in the universe and in my life – God the Good. There is one Power: God. Unity believes that God is omnipresent and omnipotent so there cannot be an opposing power in the universe. There is only the Presence of God, and God is Good.
Unity believes that God is Spirit and can be described in a multitude of ways eg., Father, Mother, Mind, Love, Truth, Health, Power, Energy, Principle, Source, Creator, Sustainer, Intelligence, Life, Light, Substance, Joy. Each of these names corresponds to a divine idea or attribute enshrined in the essence or nature of God. As children of God it is our birthright to inherit these powerful divine ideas and to express them in our everyday lives.
The Second Principle: Human beings have divinity within them, the Christ Spirit. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.
God is individualized in us as the Christ Spirit, Christ within or indwelling Christ. As children of God, made in the image and likeness of God, our true nature is perfect and complete. This inner divinity is called by many names e.g., the True Self, the Witness, the Spirit of Truth.
However, in Unity, it is commonly referred to as The Christ. The Christ is not a name for Jesus only, but refers to the essential divinity in all people. Jesus, the illumined soul, became the Christ (in other words he realized his divinity) and his promise is that we can realize it also. Then we can say in truth, as he did, “The Father and I are one.”
The fact that each of us has this divine or spiritual dimension means we are always connected to God and always worthy to receive God’s good.
The Third Principle: Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
God operates in the universe according to the law of mind action.
The Law of Mind Action states that, “Thoughts held in mind, produce after their kind.” It is the fundamental law by which the universe operates. This law has been expressed in a variety of ways through the ages.
The Fourth Principle: Prayer is creative thinking that heightens one’s awareness with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity, and everything good.
The tools by which we work the law are denial and affirmation.
Myrtle Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity, described denial and affirmation as the two angels that guard the door of our consciousness. We deny the power and ultimate reality of appearances and the limits they seem to place on us and we affirm the Truth of ourselves as unlimited spiritual beings. Denial is not pretending that something doesn’t exist. Denial, as used in Unity, releases us from attachment to appearance and allows us to focus on the Truth through affirmations.
In Unity, we deny that there is a force of evil and we deny the appearance of evil as a power in and of itself. By withdrawing our energy and belief in this way, we can then focus our energies and attention on the Presence and Power of God and God’s divine ideas working in our lives. We also deny that there is any true separation between God and man and man and creation.
Denials create a vacuum in consciousness which needs to be filled with positive thoughts and feelings. It is important therefore that we follow up a denial with an affirmation.
The Fifth Principle: Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the truth that he or she knows.
The best way to practice the Principles is through prayer and meditation and then in every thought, word and action.
Unity is centered in affirmative prayer. Affirmative prayer is the alignment of our consciousness with the perfection of God’s consciousness. This is a daily activity. It is in the secret place of our hearts that we connect and commune with God. This place is often referred to in Unity as The Silence.
We enter the Silence in formal times of prayer and meditation but we also pray every time we remember our true nature. We carry this prayer consciousness with us in everything we say and do.
These principles are taken from a book entitled Essential Unity, by Paul John Roach, Senior Minister; which is available in The Higher Shelf Bookstore.
Unity Fort Worth’s Core Values:
We teach that God is the One Presence and One Power in the universe and that God is good.
We teach the self worth of every person as a child of God.
We live joyously knowing that our birthright is limitless possibility.
We pray in order to establish conscious contact with God.
We know that healing comes from the transformation of our consciousness.
We understand that thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.
We celebrate love for all people.
We acknowledge that the Earth and every form of life is sacred.
We gratefully share of our gifts through service and action.
We are a community of people who want to make God devotion the center of our lives.