We welcome you to learn about the Unity movement & Unity Atlanta’s philosophy. Below is a list of questions and answers that may help you learn.
How long has Unity Atlanta been in existence?
Unity Atlanta Church, founded in 1924, is an inter-denominational church. Unity Atlanta is a member of the Unity Worldwide Ministries (formerly known as The Association of Unity Churches) and is spiritually affiliated with Unity School of Christianity, famous for its continuous prayer vigil of over 100 years and for the publication of the devotional Daily Word. Subscribers to the Daily Word span a broad spectrum of Christianity. Unity as a religious movement dates to 1889.
Does Unity believe in Jesus as savior?
Unity recognizes Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception. Jesus told us that the things He did we could do as well, and even greater things. His call to us was not to put Him on a pedestal, somehow set apart. Rather, His call to us was to follow Him in our thoughts, words and actions. Admittedly, this is a big request. But He said He would be with us. We believe that God is a good God and loves us unconditionally.
Does Unity recognize and use the Bible?
Yes, the Bible is Unity’s basic textbook. We see it as the handbook for the soul’s unfoldment. Unity looks for meanings beneath the surface, literal meanings. A wise person once said, “Everything in the Bible is true, and some of it might actually have happened!” The Bible teaches us about God, about human beings and about the interaction between them. Some of it is history. Some of it is poetry. Some of it is inspirational wisdom literature. It all teaches us truth. We always seek to find how the Bible stories are true for every person.
What is Unity’s view of God as creator?
Our belief about God follows that of Jesus, particularly the statement by Jesus that “God is Spirit; and they that worship him must worship Him in spirit and truth.” For us, Spirit is the principle of life, the breath of the Almighty that animates all forms of life and in fact the Universe itself. As the sole creator, God brought about only good.
Does Unity recognize the presence of evil?
In the early days of Unity, its founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, created an exam for ordination. One question was, “Is there a devil?” Mr. Fillmore answered simply, “No.” Myrtle said, “There is if you think there is.” This gives us two different views. Unity does not believe there is some evil being that lives in a fiery place beneath the earth. But there are negative, erroneous thoughts that can cause unhappiness and distress for us and those around us. Unity believes that God’s greatest gift to people is the power of the mind. Sometimes, we use the mind to think Godly thoughts and act on them. Sometimes, we hold the erroneous belief in separation from God, and we act on that. It is this latter thinking that causes suffering. God gives us free will. It is up to us to freely choose to believe in God and God’s good, or to hold something less than that. Let’s choose Godly thoughts.
- There is only one presence and one power in the Universe and that presence is God, the Good Omnipotent.
- This God presence is expressed as the Christ through each individual. As Paul wrote, this presence was the secret hidden for ages: “Christ in you, your hope of glory.” Unity believes that “the Christ” is the innate spirituality in all people. Jesus recognized the Christ in Himself and dared to live it fully. We are still in the process of discovering and living our innate spirituality. So, we are not created qualitatively different from Jesus, but we are not as far along in our understanding and expression of the Christ within us.
- Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind, which is the law of mind action. In other words, whatever we concentrate on or devote our attention to is expressed in our lives. We are responsible and accountable, not only for our actions, but also for our thoughts and words.
- Prayer and meditation, the foundation of our spiritual practices, include the use of denials and affirmations which serve as tools of the law of mind action.
- Service is the action step of prayer, a way to express gratitude and to celebrate the Presence of God in all.
How does Unity define the love of God?
Unity believes that Gods’ love permeates all creation which includes each one of us. It is Divine Love that never fails, regardless of what we have done or what we have failed to do. God’s love is steadfast, constant, and everlasting, and in it “we live, and move, and have our being.”
Since Unity does not put an emphasis on sin or symbolism, what is the focus of its activity?
It is through remembering our oneness with the Divine that we are aware of our oneness with each other. It is impossible for us to live in peace and harmony with our brothers and sisters on the planet when we feel separate from God. Part of our mission is to help re-establish an awareness of our Source, God.
Is this oneness reflected in Unity services and activities?
Yes, Unity Atlanta Church is dedicated to empowering people to realize their indwelling Divinity by following the teachings and the example of Jesus Christ; therefore, we honor all people, all faiths, and all lifestyles. We celebrate the Divine process through worship, joyful service to God, prayer, meditation, music and education. Through our “Love In Action” volunteer groups as well as our seminars, workshops and classes, we find a variety of ways to serve within the church and community.
How does Unity view diversity?
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 outreach be free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and support diversity.
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