Unity of Brazosport
What is Unity?
 

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What in the World is Unity?
 
Five Basic Unity Principles
1) God is the Source and Creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.

2) We are spiritual beings, created in God's image. The Spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ.

3) We create our life experiences through thoughts held in mind.

4) Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God.

5) Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the Truth we know.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Unity?

Unity is positive, practical Christianity.

We teach the effective daily application of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ.

We promote a way of life that leads to health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind.

Unity has established centers of study and worship throughout the world where people discover and practice the Unity way of life.

We address physical, mental, and emotional needs through affirmative prayer and spiritual education.

We serve those who seek inspiration and prayer support as well as those who use Unity teachings as their primary path of spiritual growth.

We believe that all people are created with sacred worth, and we strive to reach out to all who seek support and spiritual growth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people in spiritually and emotionally caring ways.

Our ministries and outreaches are free of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, and sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to create spiritually aware organizations that are nondiscriminatory and support diversity. 


 

What are the basic tenents of the Unity teachings?

We encourage you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding.

We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation.

 First: God, Divine Mind, is the Source and Creator of all. The nature of God is absolute good; therefore, all manifestations partake of good. What is called "evil" is a limited or incomplete expression of God or good. Evil's origin is ignorance.

Second: We are spiritual beings, ideas in the Mind of God, created in God's image and likeness. The ideal expression for every human being is the pattern every person is seeking to bring forth. Each individual manifests the Christ in his or her own unique fashion, different for each person.

Third: Jesus was a special person in history who expressed perfection and thereby became the Christ, or Jesus Christ. He was a Teacher who demonstrated the importance of thoughts, words, and deeds in shaping the life and world of the individual.

Fourth: Jesus' teaching was based on prayer, conscious communion with God. Use of the spoken word, the creative power of God, is made practical through denials and affirmations. Unity teaches that repeated use of statements of Truth (denials and affirmations) while one is aligned in the Spirit of the Christ, establishes right patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. In this way, we aim to use the creative power of God to take dominion over mind, body, and affairs.

 


Does Unity believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ?

Yes, Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person.

Every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ as Jesus did, by being more Christlike in everyday life.

 

 

What is the place of the Bible in Unity teachings?

The Bible is Unity's basic textbook.  Unity finds deep significance in the Bible through its metaphysical interpretation, wherein names of places and people and their experiences symbolize the unfoldment of human consciousness. Through the study of Unity, the Biblee comes alive when it is understood as a clear and helpful guide for today's experiences. The Bible reveals the spirit of Truth and the word of God. Holy Spirit, working individually through those who study Scripture and listen within, is the final authority in spiritual awakening.

 


What are Unity's distinctive characteristics?

Unity students are encouraged to align with the spirit of the Christ within for personal guidance and direction that will best enhance their spiritual growth. Unity students are individuals who have found a deeper understanding of God, of themselves, and of their world through the practical methods presented in the Unity teachings. The Unity community provides a safe and sacred space for study, participation, fellowship, support, transformation and awakening to the joy of living in God's world.

Each Unity ministry is supported by the freewill offerings of those who share its vision.  Unity affirms the freedom of each individual to advance spiritually according to his or her own level of understanding. Respect for and faith in the spirit of God in every person makes it unnecessary to set down fixed creeds or impose limiting beliefs. Each person can find inspiration in the Unity teachings through which they are strengthened in their spiritual unfolding.

 

 

What is the relationship of Unity to other churches?

Unity is a vehicle for instruction, inspiration, and prayer support for spiritual seekers, regardless of their religious affiliation. Unity views itself as an ever-expanding expression of love, light, and peace. Therefore, it freely shares its teachings with all people. Unity believes in the oneness and freedom of all people.  

 

 

Does Unity practice baptism and communion?

Yes, symbolically. Whereas baptism by water represents the cleansing of the consciousness, spiritual baptism signifies the inflow of the Holy Spirit. No person can truly baptize another. Baptism is a mental and spiritual process that takes place within the individual as he or she aligns with the spirit of God.

Spiritual communion takes place through prayer and meditation in the silence. The word of Truth is symbolized by the bread, or the body of Jesus Christ. The conscious realization of God-life is symbolized by the wine, or the blood of Jesus Christ. Unity practices communion by appropriating, or partaking of the spiritual energy represented by these elements.

 

What does Unity teach about sin and salvation, heaven and hell?

Sin is our separation from God, the Good, in consciousness. It's cause is belief in any power other than God, the good. Salvation is now--not something that occurs after death. It happens whenever we turn our thoughts from fear, anxiety, worry, and doubt to thoughts of love, harmony, joy, and peace. The "fall" takes place in consciousness whenever we fall into negative habits of thinking. Heaven and hell are states of consciousness, not geographical locations. We make our own heaven or hell here and now by our thoughts, words, and deeds. 

 

 

What are the advantages of attending a Unity ministry?

 We attend Unity to remember our own inner Christ potential.

This awareness, plus practicing of principles for living a happy and successful life, is the aim of our Sunday services and weekday classes.

By joining with others, it is possible for our local Unity ministry to provide expanding services, such as Sunday school, community outreach, prayer and support groups, and counseling.

We participate in our spiritual community to help put these teachings into practice in service to others.

Through affiliation and participation in the Unity Worldwide Ministries, our community is part of a global movement which forms a base on which to stand as we build a better world together.

 

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Is there any connection between Unity and the Unitarian church?

No, there is no connection, although there is sometimes confusion because of the similarity of the names. Many beliefs are held in common, including the importance of individual freedom in the quest for Truth. Unity places great emphasis on spiritual healing, while this is not practiced by Unitarians as a rule. In turn, Unitarians place great emphasis on social and political action. 

 


Are Unity churches an offshoot of the Christian Science church?

No. Unity and Christian Science, as well as many other New Thought groups, had their beginnings in the latter part of the nineteenth century. However, the application of principles, the methods of teaching, and the organization of the two movements are quite different. 

 

How did Unity begin?

The Unity movement was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, who continued to attend their local church while conducting study and prayer groups in their home. After Myrtle Fillmore's remarkable healing utilizing prayer and affirmations, many who were seeking help became interested in how she accomplished this healing. From small prayer circles in living rooms, Unity grew. The first issue of Unity magazine was published in 1889. The teaching of the practice of prayer, through classes and correspondence, led to the establishment of Silent Unity prayer ministry, the Unity School for Religious Studies Continuing Education Program, the Ministerial Education Program and the Retreat programs. Today, with headquarters in Lees's Summit, MO, Unity Worldwide Ministries publishes inspirational magazines and books, such as the Daily Word, and sponsors the worldwide prayer ministry, Silent Unity. 

Unity of Brazosport
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507 So. Brooks St, (Hwy 36), Brazoria, TX 77422

 
Vision: "A community of unconditional love and acceptance where all may discover unity in Christ."
 Mission:  Dedicated to teaching, loving, and inspiring people to be all they are created to be.