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
What are the basic tenents of the Unity teachings?
We encourage you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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?
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.