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.
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is Oneness, the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. 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 and Universal Mind.
We do not see God as an entity or being separate from ourselves.
We believe that Jesus 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 out Way Shower. In Unity, we use the term Christ to mean the divinity in all humankind—it is not just meant for Jesus. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
We are each individual, eternal expression 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.
Unity 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 reflecting the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
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.
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive negative thoughts, as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.
Meditation is also an integral part of Unity’s teachings, going all the way back to the Fillmores and their faith in truth coming “into the silence.” Most Unity churches, including our own, include meditations as part of their Sunday services. Our service meditations are about 5 minutes.
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity Movement, named and taught The Twelve Powers (Faith, Strength, Wisdom, Love, Power, Imagination, Understanding, Will, Order, Zeal, Elimination, Life). Through his intense study and metaphysical interpretation of biblical writings, he showed that these abilities were fully embodied in Jesus, the Christ. The good news is that they are in every one of us as pure potential, to be called upon whenever required.
Foundational texts of Unity teachings. Check our Unity Bookstore!
Discover the Power Within, Eric Butterworth
Lessons in Truth, Emilie Cady
12 Powers, Charles Fillmore
Atom-Smashing Power of Mind, Charles Fillmore
Healing Letters, Myrtle Fillmore
Heart-Centered Metaphysics, Paul Hasselbeck
Metaphysical Bible Dictionary
How I Used Truth, Emilie Cady
Spiritual Economics, Eric Butterworth
The Universe is Calling, Eric Butterworth
Quest for Wholeness, Robert Brumet
Finding Yourself in Transition, Robert Brumet
Dynamic Laws of Prosperity, Catherine Ponder
The Prospering Power of Prayer, Catherine Ponder
To learn more about all of Unity’s teachings, and what’s happening in the broader Unity Movement, explore unity.org