Unity Church of Practical Christianity takes a positive spiritual approach to life. Bible-based, we believe that there is one God, and that there are many paths to God.
Unity was established in 1889 by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, each of whom experienced a spiritual healing of a physical condition. In 1890, Silent Unity, a 24 hour/7 days per week prayer service operating solely on donation, was begun and has been in continuous operation since – the first such prayer phone service in the nation. Silent Unity now also serves via internet and mail, as well as having a phone app, uPray.
Unity is a way of life, not requiring adherence to a particular doctrine, nor the renouncement of one’s current religious affiliation. The five basic Unity principles are:
- There is only one Power in the Universe and all Life – God, the Good, Omnipotent.
- Our essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently good. This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ, and is equally available for our own expression.
- We are co-creators with God, creating our reality through thoughts held in mind.
- Through affirmative prayer and meditation, we connect with God and bring out the good in life.
- Through thoughts, words, and actions, we live the truth we know.
The main website, Unity.org, states:
Dr. H. Emilie Cady published a series titled Lessons in Truth in the new magazine. This material later was compiled and published in a book by the same name, which served as a seminal work of the Unity movement. Although Charles had no intention of making Unity into a denomination, his students wanted a more organized group. He and his wife were among the first ordained Unity ministers in 1906. Charles and Myrtle Fillmore first operated the Unity organization from a campus near downtown Kansas City. Unity began a formal program for training ministers in 1931.