Unity offers empowering ideas for full and abundant living. It includes a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity, based on the teachings and example of Jesus. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.
Unity's teachings may be summarized into 5 basic principles, which are easily remembered by singing these lines to the tune of "Happy Birthday":
One Universal Power
A Network of All
Ideas Lead to Experiences
Take Time to Be Still
You'll Live in Peace
One Power. There is only one power which is understood by many names and appreciated in many ways. Regardless of our name for the creative energy in which we live, move and have our being, there is only ONE Power. There is no spot that God is not.
We are part of the One Power. If there is no spot that God is not, then we are expressions of God. We see the activity of God in beautiful sunsets, glorious flowers, innocent babies. We want to remember that each of us - we, too, are the activity of God.
We form our experience of life with the power of our thoughts. Life includes ups and downs, give and take, birth and death. Yes, some of our life experiences are directly related to our behaviour. And sometimes unpleasant things happen to us. We may not always be able to control what life gives to us, but we can always choose how we respond to life's ups and downs. Our power to appreciate life lies in our ability to choose our thoughts.
When we take time to be still, we give our hearts, minds and bodies a chance to rest, renew and be open to insight and imagination. Meditation and prayer gives us the space to response-able, rather than reactive. In prayer we give energy to new and imaginative possibilities. In meditation, insight and imagination find the room to come to the surface and blossom in our minds.
When we live in awareness that there is only one universal Power which includes all beings, and we discover our power to calm ourselves and live intentionally, our lives will flow peacefully. Our goal is to move in the direction of living these principles more fully, as demonstrated by our master teacher Jesus and other spiritual way-showers.
Unity considers God to be the creative energy that forms all that is. All over the planet there are many names and understandings for the creative energy - regardless of the name you may have for the God of your understanding, Unity believes there is only ONE power, and that power exists both in physical form and out of physical form.
In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law, Spirit and Universal Mind.
There is no spot that God is not. That includes us!
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 our Way Shower. In Unity, we use the term Christ to mean the highest expression of humankind - when we live from our "Christ" nature, our experience of life includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
There is no spot that God is not, including us. We are each individual, eternal expressions of God. At our core, our nature is to prefer love, joy, peace and beauty. Our goal is to have full and abundant lives, rich relationships with ourselves and with others, and appreciation for the beauty of life. In this way we uplift and add to the joy and freedom of the world.
Unity co-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.
We appreciate the Bible stories as they are written, and we interpret the stories metaphorically - how the characters, locations and actions show up in the world around us, and metaphysically - how the characters, locations and action show up in the world within us.
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.