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Unity also known officially as Unity School of Christianity and informally as Unity Church, is a school of thought founded upon holistic Christian principles. It is informed by a wide range of spiritual, metaphysical and philosophical ideas, and has as its principal essence that God is the only power, and is all that is both seen and unseen. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The Earth seen from Apollo 17. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit. ... Plato (Left) and Aristotle (right), by Raphael (Stanza della Segnatura, Rome) Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the ultimate nature of reality, being, and the world. ... For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation). ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


It is the largest of a group of denominations that have been known for over a century as New Thought. Unity was founded in 1889 by Charles Fillmore (1854-1948) and Myrtle Fillmore (1845-1931), in Kansas City, Missouri. It currently has its headquarters in Unity Village, Missouri. The New Thought Movement or New Thought is comprised of a loosely allied group of denominations, organizations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of metaphysical beliefs concerning healing, life force, visualization, and personal power. ... Charles Fillmore (August 22, 1854 – July 5, 1948), born in St. ... Myrtle Page Fillmore Mary Caroline Myrtle Page Fillmore (August 6, 1845, Pagetown, Ohio - October 6, 1931) was co-founder of the Unity Church with her husband Charles Fillmore. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Unity Village is a village located in Jackson County, Missouri. ...

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Basic teachings

The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are: [1]

  1. God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
  2. We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
  3. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
  4. There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God.
  5. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.

For other uses, see Affirmation (disambiguation). ...

Overview of Unity

Charles Fillmore expressed Unity's approach to affirmative prayer as:

Paul said, "Pray without ceasing." Do not supplicate and beg God to give you what you need, but realize, affirm, and absolutely know that your supreme mind is functioning right now in God-Mind itself and that your thought substance and the spiritual substance of the Most High are amalgamated and blended into one perfect whole that is now being made manifest in the very thing you are asking for.

Charles Fillmore, Teach Us to Pray, [2]

History

H. Emilie Cady, a former homeopathist, wrote Unity’s first and seminal text, Lessons in Truth in 1894. Her writing became a cornerstone of Unity’s teachings.[3] H. Emilie Cady (1848-1941) was an American metaphysician, homeopathic practitioner and author of spiritual writings. ... Homeopathy starring at the horrors of Allopathy by Alexander Beydeman, 1857 Homeopathy (also spelled homÅ“opathy or homoeopathy), from the Greek words όμοιος, hómoios (similar) and πάθος, páthos (suffering, disease),[1] is a type of alternative medicine, highly controversial among experts, that aims to treat like with like. ...


In 1947 Unity School moved to its new headquarters at its Unity Farm site between Lee's Summit and Kansas City Missouri. Beginning as a locally renowned produce farm, the site expanded and incorporated as Unity Village in 1953. Today the campus occupies 1400 acres (566 ha) and is open to the public.[4] REDIRECT Lees Summit, Missouri ...


Relationship to Christianity

Unity was founded in 1889 by Charles Fillmore (1854-1948) and Myrtle Fillmore (1845-1931), in Kansas City, Missouri. The Fillmores considered themselves Christians, though they did not subscribe to the Nicaean Creed. Unity minister Eric Butterworth stated that the Council of Nicaea was "a bitterly contested struggle, during which Arius got up to speak and Nicholas of Myra punched him in the nose." He describes this as a meeting concerning a "religion about Jesus" rather than the "religion of Jesus" as presented through Jesus's teachings.[5] Charles Fillmore (August 22, 1854 – July 5, 1948), born in St. ... Myrtle Page Fillmore Mary Caroline Myrtle Page Fillmore (August 6, 1845, Pagetown, Ohio - October 6, 1931) was co-founder of the Unity Church with her husband Charles Fillmore. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Council of Nicaea can refer to: First Council of Nicaea in AD 325 Second Council of Nicaea in AD 787 This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Arius (AD/CE 256 - 336, poss. ... Saint Nicholas, also known as Nikolaus in Germany and Sinterklaas (a contracted form of Sint Nicolaas) in the Netherlands and Flanders, is the common name for the historical Saint Nicholas of Myra, who lived in 4th century Byzantine Anatolia, (now in modern Turkey) and had a reputation for secret gift... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ...


Prominent members

Celebrities affiliated with Unity include Betty White, Eleanor Powell, Wally Amos, Licensed Unity Teacher Ruth Warrick, Barbara Billingsley, Matt Hoverman, Patricia Neal,[6] Holmes Osborne[7] and Esther Williams. Betty White (born January 17, 1922) is an Emmy Award-winning American film and television actress with a career spanning sixty years, sometimes referred to as The First Lady of Television and Americas Sweetheart. ... Eleanor Powell, left, in Broadway Melody of 1938. ... Wallace Wally Amos, Jr. ... Dame Ruth Elizabeth Warrick, D.M., O.S.J., Regend of Cathedral of St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pete Capllan is an American/Canadian voice actor & voice director, who works for all kinds of distributing companies, inculding 4Kids Entertainment & Central Park Media. ... Patricia Neal (born January 20, 1926, Packard, Kentucky) is an Academy Award winning American actress. ... Holmes Osborne (born August 7, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor who starred in the 2001 film Donnie Darko and Bring it On Holmes Osborne at the Internet Movie Database Holmes Osborne article at Memory Alpha, a Star Trek wiki He also played the father of Guy... Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921[1][2] or 1922[3]) is a retired United States competitive swimmer and movie star, famous for her musical films that featured elaborate performances with swimming and diving. ...


In March 2008 Maya Angelou stated that she plans to spend part of the year studying at the Unity Church. In 2005 she attended a Unity Church service in Miami and decided that day to "go into a kind of religious school and study" on her 80th birthday.[8] Maya Angelou (IPA: [1]), born Marguerite Ann Johnson, April 4, 1928 in St. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ...


Unity symbol: Wings

The Unity wings symbol, the winged globe, appears in many Unity publications. Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, explained the symbolism of the winged globe this way:

It is an ancient Egyptian symbol, but it is found in various forms in the religions of other races. It represents the relation existing between Spirit, soul, and body. Soul gives wings to body. Spirit is the enveloping principle, like the atmosphere in which both soul and body exist, and from which they draw their original inspiration.


The winged globe is also a symbol of the earth and its soul. The earth has soul, as have its products of every description. All exist in the ether, the anima mundi, the divine mother. When people of the earth lift up their thoughts to God, and the Animus Dei or directive Spirit, then the planet takes wings into a higher radiation of universal life.


As man develops spiritual consciousness, he attains the realization of the soul as the wings of the body. Back of the Soul is Spirit, which quickens and energizes the soul; that is, gives the soul wings. Artists paint their angels with wings representing in this way their freedom from physical fetters. But the soul does not have wings like a bird. The life activity of the soul is quickened by Spirit until it rises above the thought of matter and floats free in the ether of the fourth dimension, which Jesus called the kingdom of the heavens.

Charles Fillmore, Good Business, April 1956 The name Charles Fillmore may refer to: Charles Fillmore, one of the founders of the Unity Church Charles J. Fillmore, linguist, (co-)inventor of Case Theory and Construction Grammar Charles Fillmore, a Canadian politician (Liberal) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...

See also

Portrait of Emma Curtis Hopkins from High Mysticism. ... . ... . ... The New Thought Movement or New Thought is comprised of a loosely allied group of denominations, organizations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of metaphysical beliefs concerning healing, life force, visualization, and personal power. ... Panentheism (from Greek (pân) all; (en) in; and (Theós) god; all-in-God) is the theological position that God is immanent within the Universe, but also transcends it. ... Church of Religious Science Religious Science, also known as Science of Mind, was founded in 1927 by Ernest Holmes (1887–1960) and is a religious movement within the New Thought Movement. ... Daily Word is a magazine published by Unity School of Christianity, containing daily messages of Christian spiritual inspiration. ...

Notes

  1. ^ What Does Unity Believe?. Unity Church. Retrieved on 2007-10-23.
  2. ^ Fillmore, Charles. Teach Us to Pray, p159. 
  3. ^ Vahle(2002), p71
  4. ^ Unity Village - History
  5. ^ Butterworth, Eric. Discover the Power Within You: A Guide to Unexplored Depths Within. (1968) Twentieth Anniversary Edition. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1989. Paperback edition 1992. p. 30 ISBN 978-0-06-250115-8
  6. ^ Raven, Barbara C. Badge of Courage. Unity Church of New York, 2002.
  7. ^ Holmes Osborne mentioned attending on the cast commentary on the Donnie Darko DVD
  8. ^ Maya Angelou at 80: Life is still an adventure, Hillel Italie, Phillyburbs.com, March 29, 2008

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References

  • Vahle, Neal (September 2002). The Unity Movement: Its Evolution and Spiritual Teachings. Templeton Foundation Press, 504 pages. ISBN 1890151963. 

External links

  • Unity (main website)
  • "Unity". The Columbia Encyclopedia (6th Edition). (2007). Columbia University Press. Retrieved on 2008-03-27. 
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Unity Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1033 words)
The Unity Church (also known as the Unity School of Christianity and not to be confused with Unitarianism) is the largest of the New Thought denominations of Christianity.
Unity espouses ‘practical Christianity’ in which its followers study ways to apply the teachings of Jesus to their daily lives.
Elaborate rites and symbols are absent from Unity churches.
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