What is Unity?
UNITY is a way of life that offers spiritual resources for daily living. Founded in the late 1800s, Unity is a spiritually based educational organization teaching practical, livable principles based on ideas taught and demonstrated by Jesus. Our teachings embrace a metaphysical interpretation of the Bible for its Universal Truths that inspire us and offer practical lessons for our everyday life experiences. Unity and other New Thought movements have their origins in the work of the Transcendentalists, Emerson and Thoreau, Phineas Quimby, Emma Curtis Hopkins, the mystics of the early Christian church, and the mystical traditions and practices of many religions still alive today. Unity acknowledges the universal teachings of spiritual masters of all the great wisdom traditions.
UNITY celebrates One Presence, One Power, One God. We know that there are many paths to God and we acknowledge the great Master Teachers in all spiritual traditions and cultures. Different spiritual traditions are like spokes on a wheel, with the hub being God. They may seem separate and apart by their variety of beliefs and practices, but they are all seeking the One Presence, God at the hub of all life. At Unity of Berkeley we honor and incorporate the teachings and writings of many spiritual paths and focus on the diversity of religious expression every August with a World Wisdom Tradition Series.
While UNITY honors all spiritual traditions and great teachers, we focus on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as our Wayshower and Master Teacher. We affirm that the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are offer a model for our own lives. We behold the Christ in ourselves and in all beings.
UNITY is dedicated to the practice of prayer and meditation as the foundation of spiritual life. Through Prayer we seek to establish a direct communication with the Divine. Prayer is not a technique for changing God, but rather for changing us. We see each life as an unfolding journey of exploration as we discover our true Divine Nature. As we deepen our awareness of the God life within and around us, we expand and transform our consciousness and our lives.
UNITY celebrates the creativity, beauty, wisdom, and love in all life and in you. Our worship services are both energizing and prayerful. We invite the co-creativity of the community to make manifest the rich diversity of God’s kingdom in various church events and services.
UNITY is a worldwide spiritual organization more than one century old. Because of similarity in names, Unity is occasionally confused with other organizations. To clarify: there is no connection between Unity and Unitarianism or the Unification church.