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The Unity Church is not the same as the Unitarian Church, even though they sound so much alike and are often confused; however, in comparison to most modern Christian denominations (e.g., Southern Baptist, Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.), Unity and Unitarian are certainly much more alike than different with regard to their tolerance of diverse beliefs, their overall encouragement and support of religious pluralism, etc.
A few basics re: the Unity Church:
Spiritual seekers often say that finding Unity is like coming home. Unity is an open-minded, accepting spiritual community that honors all paths to God and helps people discover and live their spiritual potential and purpose.
A positive alternative to negative religion, Unity seeks to apply the teachings of Jesus as well as other spiritual masters. Unity affirms the power of prayer and helps people experience a stronger connection with God every day. (Source: About Unity: Practical Teachings
Five basic ideas that the Unity movement sets forward as its main 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.
Unity is devoted to demonstrating that the teachings of Jesus Christ can be lived every day. Unity’s basic position is that the true “Church” is a “state of consciousness in mankind.” Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God, that each person is sacred, and each person is worthy. Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in people’s experience, and encourages taking personal responsibility to choose life-affirming thoughts, words and actions, holding that when people do this, they experience a more fulfilling and abundant life.
The seven principles and purposes of Unitarian Univeralism
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Background of the 7 principles
Deliberately without an official creed or dogma (per the principle of freedom of thought), Unitarian Universalists instead typically agree with the Principles and Purposes suggested by the Unitarian Universalist Association. As with most actions in Unitarian Universalism, these were created in committee, and affirmed democratically by a vote of member congregations, proportional to their membership, taken at an annual General Assembly (a meeting of delegates from member congregations). Adopted in 1960, the full Principles, Purposes and Sources can be found in the article on the Unitarian Universalist Association. (Source: Wikipedia)
Unitarian Universalism: Basics
Unitarian Universalism is often referred to by its members as a living tradition, and the principles and purposes have been modified over time to reflect changes in spiritual beliefs among the membership. Most recently, the last principle, adopted in 1985 and generally known as the Seventh Principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”, and a sixth source (adopted in 1995), “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature” were added to explicitly include members with Neopagan, Native American, and pantheist spiritualities. Unitarian Universalists tend to promote beliefs of a person that are based on their individual thoughts, and can range from strict monotheistic belief to less credal or more inclusive views. (Source: Wikipedia)
Resources: Unity Church, Unitarian Universalism, other pluralistic traditions
- Unity Church per Wikipedia
- Unity Church: Our Philosophy (Unity.org)
- Have you ever wondered how a specific Bible verse might be interpreted metaphysically? Interpret This provides greater insight into the hidden meanings of the Bible.
- Daily Word – a Unity publication
- Unitarian Univeralism – Wikipedia