Unity is a worldwide non-denominational spiritual movement over 125 years old that emphasizes the divine potential within every child of God.
Unity teaches that through a practical understanding and application of what Jesus taught every person can realize and express his or her divine potential for a happier, fuller, and more successful life.
Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore had this to say about Unity:
“Unity is a link in the great educational movement inaugurated by Jesus Christ: our object is to discern the truth of Christianity and prove it. The truth we teach is not new, neither do we claim special revelations or discovery of new religious principles. Our purpose is to help and teach mankind to use and prove the eternal truth taught by the Master.”
Unity was founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri, by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. After Mrs. Fillmore’s remarkable healing using prayer and affirmations, many friends became interested in how she accomplished this healing. Unity grew from small prayer circles in living rooms to the worldwide movement it is today. Our prayer, publishing, education, and retreat ministries allow us to provide people around the world with positive, spiritual messages of hope, healing, prosperity, and peace.
Unity’s Prayer Ministry
Prayer is the foundation and the heart of our work. For over 120 years, Unity has been dedicated to helping people through prayer. Silent Unity, the prayer ministry of Unity, 800-669-7729 responds to nearly two million requests from people who write, call, or e-mail for prayer support throughout the year. A vigil of prayer is maintained in Silent Unity around the clock so that we are available for those who request prayer.
Unity’s Publishing Ministry
Unity operates one of the largest religious publishing houses in the Midwest, offering hundreds of books, pamphlets, CDs, and tapes on a variety of spiritual subjects. Our Message of Hope® literature is distributed to hospitals, prisons, nonprofit organizations, and the military.
Unity also publishes two magazines to inspire and advance personal growth. Daily Word is a monthly magazine of daily inspirational messages published in eight languages and distributed in 180 countries. It includes affirmations, prayers, and a monthly calendar. Unity Magazine is a bimonthly magazine filled with articles written to encourage spiritual education and development.
Unity’s Educational Ministry
At Unity we offer a variety of classes, workshops, and seminars designed to increase spiritual understanding and promote inner growth. Spiritual retreats are also offered throughout the year and are open to anyone who would like to attend.
Unity Institute (UI) offers a resident study program for adults. Classes in the Spiritual Education and Enrichment Program may be taken by individuals interested in informal study for personal growth or by those seeking to become licensed Unity teachers. UI also conducts a two-year resident Ministry and Religious Studies Program for those preparing for ministry.
What Does Unity Believe?
- Offers an approach that is scientifically sound, psychologically healthy, intellectually challenging, and spiritually satisfying.
- Asks you to accept and use the teachings which appear to you to be true, and to withhold judgment on the rest.
- Gives you freedom to grow spiritually at your own pace and to evolve your own working philosophy of ideas and beliefs.
- Has no creedal requirements; never asks you to profess something you do not believe.
- Has little concern for dogma, ritual, ecclesiastical garb, and other trappings of religiosity.
- Does not impose any financial burden on its adherents; is supported by freewill offerings, and looks upon tithing and other forms of giving as the joyous response of a generous, Spirit-filled soul.
- Sees religion as an open-ended search for Truth rather than a closed system.
- Sees worship as serving God by uplifting and glorifying God’s spirit in man in a positive, joyous way.
- Offers more than a once-a-week religion; gives you positive ideas to think on and apply seven days a week.
- Feels it has no exclusive right to or “corner” on truth.
- Emphasizes the spiritual unity of all churches, faiths, man, and truth.
- Welcomes in dignity and love, people of all races, colors, religions, social backgrounds, and economic levels.
- Is dedicated to loving service to individuals, society, and the world at large.
- Proclaims the divinity of Jesus, but goes further and assures you that you, like Jesus, are a child of God and therefore divine in nature.
- Declares that as a child of God, you inherit His goodness, His spiritual qualities, His spiritual and material abundance.
- Stresses your dominion, as a child of God, over every challenge.
- Seeks to relate religion to daily needs, affirming that for every need there is God’s perfect answer.
- Believes no negative condition of mind, body, or affairs is incurable.
- Teaches and demonstrates that healing comes through belief in prayer, but accepts all forms of healing as divine.
- Believes the body of man to be the holy temple of God, created to express harmony, life, and perfection of Spirit.
- Invites questioning minds to seek valid reasons for faith, but recognizes that intellectual perception is fulfilled in deep conviction that leads to action.
- Explains the mind as your link with God or Divine Mind, and shows how action of your mind affects your body and your circumstances.
- Sees prayer not as technique for changing God, but as a technique that expands and transforms your mind, and thus changes you.
- Assures that you can commune with God directly without intercessor or intermediary.
- Acknowledges Jesus as Savior, Teacher, Way-Shower, and Elder Brother.
- Explains the Bible spiritually or metaphysically, since literal “letter of the law” interpretation reveals only part of the truth.
- Explains the Bible and relates that God is all. “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.”
- Describes God as Spirit, Creator, Source, Sustainer, Divine Mind, Life, Light, Love, Energy, Principle, Divine Law, Omnipresence, Omnipotent, Omniscience, Our Father, Mother.
- Affirms God’s will to be good for every person: joy, life, plenty.
- Denies the existence of any power or presence opposed to God. There is no personal “Devil” or place called “Hell,” Unity sees there are evil appearances and suffering in the world, but ascribes these to man’s ignorance and erroneous use of God’s laws of life.