Most Commonly Asked Questions
Is Unity a Christian church?
The short answer is “Yes.” Unity teachings offer a positive Christ-centered path that is spiritual, rather then religious. Grounded in beliefs centered in Love, rather than fear, we support individuals in living spiritually centered lives while cultivating a consciousness grounded in the awareness of God’s presence and power in all circumstances. In this sense, Unity is decidedly Christian. However, Unity also teaches there are many paths to God consciousness, and Unity honors the universal truths inherent in all religions and spiritual traditions. As a result, Unity deeply respects the right of each individual to choose his or her own spiritual path.
How does Unity view The Bible?
In Unity, The Bible is the main textbook. It is the primary source of all knowledge, wisdom and spiritual insight. In its holistic sense, The Bible is the story of the unfolding of mankind’s consciousness over time. The biggest distinction between Unity’s view of The Bible and those of many traditional Christian denominations is that Unity views The Bible from a metaphysical perspective. This means Unity is more concerned with the deeper symbolic and metaphorical meanings in The Bible that hold practical wisdom for living a spiritual life, and less concerned with debating the veracity of literalist interpretations. This does not mean that Unity believes The Bible does not contain literal truth. Rather, it means that Unity believes that scripture comes alive when we are able to metaphysically interpret The Bible in symbolic and metaphorical ways. Doing so allows us to better understand the evolving consciousness of mankind and to lay hold of the wisdom The Bible contains as a practical and helpful guide for life in the 21st century.
What are Unity’s basic teachings?
The best way to address this frequently asked question is to simply state The Five Core Principles of Unity, as articulated on the Unity Church of the Hills website:
1) There is only One Power and One Presence in the Universe and in my life, God the Good, Omnipotent.
2) We are Spiritual Beings created in God’s Image. The Spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
3) We create our life experiences through our thoughts and feelings.
4) There is Divine Power in meditation and affirmative prayer, which increases our awareness of our oneness with God.
5) Knowing and understanding these Spiritual Principles, also called Truth, is not enough. We must live them.
That’s it. If Unity has any “dogma” in its teachings, the Five Principles encapsulate it. There is nothing else to know or believe in. Unity teaches that cultivating a consciousness with the Five Principles as the foundation is all that is required. The spiritual understanding reflected in the Five Principles is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation. If additional wisdom or insight becomes necessary, the Spirit of God through the Christ within will provide. This is nothing more, but also nothing less, than Jesus himself demonstrated in his life and through his teachings.
Does Unity believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ?
Yes, Unity does believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. Like Jesus, Unity teaches that the spirit of God lives within each and every person. Jesus reminds us in his teaching that we are created in the “image and likeness” of God, that we are therefore divine also and are heirs to the kingdom of Heaven within. Jesus taught that each person has the potential to express the fullness of the individualized Christ within. As we are able to demonstrate more and more of our own Christ potential in our daily lives, we become more Christ-like in our expression of the divinity we share with Jesus.
What is the relationship of Unity to other churches?
As a worldwide movement, Unity primarily serves as a vehicle for instruction, inspiration, and prayer support for spiritual seekers. Regardless of religious affiliation or spiritual tradition, Unity deeply respects all paths that lead to God-centered Truth and the spiritual awakening that results. As a result, Unity freely shares its teachings with all churches and is open to sharing spiritual truth found in other traditions as well.
Is there any connection between Unity and Unitarianism?
This is a very common question. The short answer is “No.” There is no connection between Unity and Unitarianism. While there may be some shared truths as common ground between the two, Unity and Unitarianism are distinct organizations, each with its own set of beliefs and practices.