Unity and Unity Center of Peace (UCP)
What is Unity?
Founded in 1889, by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, Unity offers a practical philosophy for living. We have no strict creed or dogma, but offer a comprehensive teaching to all who are seeking a deeper understanding of their spiritual nature and how it impacts their physical lives. We are not a religion, but a positive, practical, personal path to a higher awareness of our nature, not as victims of life, but as powerful expressions of Divine Ideas. We recognize that we are all on a path of evolving our awareness toward knowing, and experiencing, our Oneness with Spirit. We honor many major teachers of truth principles and religious traditions as valid. People from all faith traditions can remain faithful to their original traditions as they attend a Unity center and deepen their path to spiritual living.
Unity is more than a church, more than a school. It is a spiritual movement for individuals growing, seeking, unfolding, and becoming what they are meant to be. Unity is more interested in teaching how to think than what to think. In Unity we are always free to choose what has value for us.
Unity is part of the larger New Thought movement which holds that God is a universal power and presence of love that is both transcendant and immanent, and that all of us are an expression of the Divine. When we are able to transcend our limited, physical, sensory experience, we can open to the larger dimension of who we are. We do this through entering "the silence" in meditation, through affirmative prayer, and other spiritual practices. When we connect with that Divine presence at our core, we realize that we are one with the wholeness of Spirit, which includes peace, joy, love, wisdom, abundance and wellbeing. When our thinking is in alignment with this Divine Mind within us, all possibilities are available to us and our life flows joyously.
What is New Thought?
New Thought was born out of a movement mostly in the United States and was partially inspired by Transcendentalists like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and others. In the early to mid 1800's, they were exploring the interconnectedness of God, nature and humankind and were seeking a spirituality independent of religion. These ideas were fused with Vedic thought, which was first introduced in the U.S. by Swami Vivekananda in 1893 at the first World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Illinois. (Unity cofounders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore attended.)
With this lens, New Thought pioneers found a new way of looking at the Bible, namely a metaphysical and mostly symbolic interpretation. They endeavored to find the heart and true spiritual meaning of Jesus’ teachings -- they looked where Jesus was pointing but refrained from looking to and glorifying the pointer.
They took to heart the master’s instruction, “Whatever you shall ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” This idea is the basis of affirmative prayer – which is the type of prayer that we practice in New Thought. We begin with a realization that we are all expressions of God, and as such embody all the qualities of the Divine. We work to develop a belief that the good we are seeking in prayer – well-being, harmony, love, joy, abundance and peace -- is already our spiritual reality. As we contemplate that spiritual reality more than we focus on the temporary human limitations, we begin to embody it.
Emerson said, “Prayer is the contemplation of facts from the Highest point of view.” When we pray for others we contemplate this Highest point of view for them and attempt to see them as God does, whole, complete and perfect. And because we are all connected on the invisible side of life, there is something within the one for whom we are praying that hears that affirmation of Truth and responds to it. As the person opens to healing and transformation, a healing will occur in their life. This is what we know, and we have seen it proven time and time again.
This is the basis of the prayer work on which Silent Unity was founded...prayer work which has helped thousands and thousands of people. It is how Unity began, and it is the Fillmore’s greatest legacy.
Today, the New Thought movement draws from the wisdom and truths found in all of the religions and spiritual traditions found in the world. Organizations in this movement include Unity, Centers for Spiritual Living (Religious Science), Agape International Spiritual Center, and the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT).
What is UCP?
Unity Center of Peace (UCP) builds on the Unity and New Thought tradition of using cutting edge spiritual wisdom that transcends individual faiths and draws from global spiritual insights. We strive to provide opportunities for spiritual growth that are not walled in by any one specific religious tradition, but are inspired by the deep mystical truths found at the heart of many.
UCP offers an opportunity to engage directly in spiritual growth and learning, without the intervention of religious organizations. We are heart-centered, and open and accepting of the LGBTQQ community. We practice loving-kindness and support others in their experience of joy and wellbeing. We connect together to help make a positive difference in the world.
Ministry Teams offer each member of our spiritual community an opportunity to develop his or her personal and spiritual gifts and share them in service to others to help create a life legacy. Participating on a ministry team also fosters community and opportunities to form close relationships with open-hearted individuals who share a common interest.
Are you ready to let go of what holds you back in the quest of becoming your best self? If yes, come and experience Unity Center of Peace, an empowering spiritual community, where you’re free to be you -- fully and completely. Receive loving support as you practice proven universal principles to master the art of living a joyous, meaningful and successful life. Fall in love with your life and contribute to our world in ways that only you can.
Wherever you are on your path to becoming your best self, we invite you into our inclusive, spiritual community, where we celebrate the innate goodness of each individual. We look forward to experiencing your beautiful presence as you partake of our many spiritual resources.
Please explore our website to learn more about UCP, and feel free to contact one of our co-ministers if there is anything you'd like to discuss.