Is Unity a Denomination?
Some aspects of the Unity movement are denominational, and some are not. For example, there are more than 900 Unity churches and study groups affiliated with Unity's sister organization, the Unity Worldwide Ministries. This is a denominational aspect of Unity. In addition, the Unity Institute at Unity Village trains approximately 60 students every two years to be Unity ministers. This is also denominational. However, the majority of the work done by Unity involves prayer, publishing, and education services to people of all faiths. These nondenominational aspects include the prayer ministry, Silent Unity, Daily Word (Unity's nondenominational inspirational monthly magazine), retreats, and continuing education classes that are open to everyone and teach Unity principles in nondenominational settings.
Unity was founded on prayer and Unity Kitchener lives from those roots. We have an active prayer ministry. If you are interested in serving on any of the prayer teams
Prayer Chaplains: Our prayer chaplains are available and honoured to pray with you confidentially for whatever is on your heart. Just look for the folks at the front wearing purple stolls (scarf)
Silent Prayer Team: Prayer requests (first name or initials & category of celebration or concern) can be placed in the prayer box at the back of the sanctuary. The Silent Prayer Team holds all prayers with loving intent for 30 days. No concern or celebration is too large or trivial to take to God in prayer.
Affirmation cards: Free affirmative prayer cards are available in the lobby. Affirmations are available on many topics, and if you have a special request, put it in the prayer box at the back of the sanctuary with your contact information. You will receive an affirmation or help to develop your own affirmation
What are Unity's Basic 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.
The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are:
- God is the Source and Creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
- We are spiritual beings, created in God's image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
- We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
- There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God.
- Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.
What is Unity?
Unity is a positive path for spiritual living, a movement of consciousness that began in the late 1800''s. Originally referred to as "positive, practical Christianity", today's Unity focuses on the idea of Oneness and recognizes the many Truth language of all spiritual paths. We teach the effective daily application of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by the teacher Jesus of Nazareth. 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.
Honoring Diversity Within The Unity Movement
We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive for our ministries, publications, and programs to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth. It is imperative that our ministries and outreaches be free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and support diversity.
In our effort to reach out to all people as did our Way-Shower, Jesus Christ, we support the modification of our facilities to make them accessible to all people, regardless of physical challenges; the translation of our materials into Braille and other languages; and respect for the wonderful variety of human commitments and relationships.
We encourage ministers, teachers, and others within Unity to honor the strength of diversity within their spiritual communities. It is with love and in celebration of our unity, in the midst of our wondrous diversity, that we affirm this position.
Adopted by: Unity and The Association of Unity Churches
January 23, 1995
Peace on earth
Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honours the many names for God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is one power and presence of God, and that God loves each one of us equally.
Unity Stands for Peace in Our Lifetime
It is, therefore, the position of Unity to urge all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times and to pursue peace, not war, for this is what honours the God of all our faith traditions.
Joint statement adopted by Unity Worldwide Ministries, Unity Institute, and Unity Canada.