Knowing Spirit in All and Through All
The Unity movement was founded in 1889 by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore as a healing ministry based on the power of prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our own reality.
The Fillmores regarded Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception, interpreted the Bible metaphysically, and taught that God is present within all of us.
Today, we are a worldwide movement of ministries that consistently teach Unity principles set forth by our founders and early teachers. Many of our churches now integrate Buddhist and other Eastern thought, as well as modern spiritual teachers, into their talks and classes. Charles Fillmore was also acquainted with these philosophies.
The Unity movement has always been a spiritual leader in promoting inclusivity and diversity. We are open and welcoming to people of every race, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation and accept all spiritual paths. In 1995 Unity Worldwide Ministry declared global statements for peace and the honor of diversity.
Classic Unity writers include Charles Fillmore, Myrtle Fillmore, Emilie Cadie (Lessons in Truth), and Eric Butterworth.
Contemporary teachers and writers who either work within Unity, or are studied by Unity churches include Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Robert Brumet, Paul Hasselbeck, Marianne Williamson, Gary Zukov, Joel Goldsmith, Byron Katie, Rev. Michael Beckwith, and Mary Morrissey. At Unity of Montclair, recent classes studied the teachings of Tolle, Morrissey, Katie and Beckwith.
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer.
Spiritual seekers often say that finding Unity is like coming home. Unity is an open-minded, welcoming and accepting spiritual community that honors all paths to God and helps people discover and live their spiritual potential and purpose.
Unity emphasizes the practical, everyday application of spiritual principles to help people live more abundant and meaningful lives. Although personal and spiritual growth comes from within, most people appreciate the support of classes, friendships, and companionship along the way. Unity is committed to helping you find your way to your own understanding—and experience—of God.
Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world.
Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in our life experience. We refer to this as the Law of Mind Action. When we take personal responsibility to choose life-affirming thoughts, words and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life. Like attracts like.
Unity emphasizes the importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives.
- Heaven is not a place, but a state of consciousness; we create our own heaven and hell here and now.
- We all have an innate capacity to know God through direct experience.
- The “Christ” is that part of God that is in every person. There is a spark of divinity within all people, just as there was in Jesus or the Buddha.
- Prayer works.
- We are here to set a positive example and be a role model for others.
- We are here to make the world a better place.