Rev. Chad O'Shea, Minister
"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly."
|What is Unity?|
|What Do We Believe?
The heart of Unity religion is a positive faith in universal principles rather than doctrines. We are far more interested in practices than in articles of faith, and in character and conduct than in doctrines or creeds.
"But what do you believe in Unity?" we are asked. "What is your creed?"
We have no creed or catechism. We follow The Ten Commandments, the sayings of Jesus, and the calling of our own hearts. We are expected to follow the dictates of reason, conscience, and experience. Unity churches make no official pronouncements on God, the Bible, immortality, codes of morality, or any other theological questions. We believe in individual freedom of religious belief - that we must each open our mind and heart to receive truth and inspiration from every possible source. Further, we believe that the mere confession of faith is a poor substitute for its practice in daily life.
We view religion as an ever-changing journey, rather than a destination. We are continually challenged with new opportunities to test the strength of our convictions, to keep our hearts open. As we search for answers, we must each learn to "walk the walk, not just talk the talk."
We believe that the Bible is one expression of divine thought. Transcribed and translated by the limited understanding of humans, the Bible is a wonderful guide to spiritual unfolding, but it must be understood as a metaphor, rather than literally. We especially focus on the teachings of Jesus, who taught through parables - stories - rather than the gospels written by Paul (who never met Jesus). The works of Bible scholars Dr. George Lamsa and Dr. Rocco Errico in translating the Bible from the original Aramaic (the language spoken by Jesus) are especially useful ways to clarify teachings in the context of the culture and language idioms.
We believe that we must each accept responsibility for our actions and for the way we experience our world. We create our inner reality one thought at a time by choosing where to focus our attention. We can gain dominion over our mind through conscious study and spiritual practice, such as meditation.
We believe we are born in the image and likeness of God... therefore, with infinite potential and with NO "original" sin. Every person is a child of God.
We cultivate responsible behavior by remembering we will each "reap what we sow." The Golden Rule - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" - like the Hindu idea of karma - teaches us that the "good" you do comes back to you.
|Do you have questions that traditional religion can't answer?
If you find your own thoughts, experiences, and searching in these questions, consider finding a church home and a spiritual family at our Unity Center. We accept and encourage a wide variety of religious opinions, believing that we can find unity in our diversity.
Together we quest for:
|Community with Diversity
We welcome all people into our spiritual family, without any requirement that you give up other spiritual paths, and without regard to your gender, race, politics, sexual orientation, age, dress, hair color, or any of the other artificial barriers to seeing our oneness. We are all children of God... all one family.
Jesus taught an uncompromisingly spiritual gospel centered on love, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We choose to work on overcoming all forms of injustice and bigotry, in the world and in our own thoughts and hearts.
Because we are all still learning, we learn to forgive each other and ourselves, recognizing that each human being is a process. We look for the spiritual truth beyond the ego-centered appearances.
Every interaction, indeed every moment of our lives, is a lesson, an opportunity for growth and spiritual practice. How can I transform this moment? Challenges can be our greatest lessons; "difficult" people, our greatest teachers.
We encourage each person to find their "bliss" - to express and share their own unique gifts and talents through service, an important part of the path of spiritual growth. We encourage you to find friendships and meaning through participation in our Love In Action volunteer program or in community outreach, like our Habitat For Humanity Interfaith Build team or our Feed The Kids team.
|Our Worship Celebrations
What can you expect at a Unity Sunday morning service? People of all ages, dressed however they feel comfortable (from jeans to suits), coming together for fellowship, to learn to create a more joyful, harmonious life, and to experience a spiritual connection to God.
A typical worship service includes:
We laugh, we sing, we cry, we meditate, we learn, we hug, and we do our best to take this joyful experience out into our daily lives to transform our world.
|What is Unity?
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity, based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual's right to choose a spiritual path.
Unity was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in Kansas City, Missouri, during the late 1800's. Begun as individual prayer and study groups, Unity has evolved into a religion that embraces the modern diversity of philosophical thinking. Belief in the healing power of affirmative prayer has led Unity to the forefront of exploring new methods of healing and toward the reconciliation of scientific thought and religion.
Often labeled "New Thought" or "New Age," Unity has deep roots to sustain the search for Spiritual Principles to guide our lives. In addition to the teachings of Jesus Christ, we embrace the Universal Truths which were taught by all the conscious master teachers who have walked the earth.
Unity Village in Missouri currently publishes two magazines: Daily Word (a daily devotional) and Unity Magazine (spiritual articles and poems), as well as books by the Fillmores, Emilie Cady, and modern metaphysical authors.
A light is always shining in Silent Unity at Unity Village, Missouri, for someone is always praying, 24 hours a day, continuously for over 100 years!
Each Unity church is autonomous. Although we belong to a voluntary national Association of Unity Churches to share resources and support each other, each Unity church is governed by its own Bylaws, hires its own minister and staff, and elects its own Board members. The "home office" does not tell us what to do or believe.
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"Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly."
"Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God." ~ Teilhard de Chardin
"I have come that my joy might remain in you." ~ Jesus
"Every man, every woman must take time daily for quiet and meditation. In daily meditation lies the secret of power. No one can grow in either spiritual knowledge or power without it." ~ Emilie Cady, Unity author
"Our most important study is our own consciousness." ~ Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity
Because Unity is open-ended and diverse, we invite you to visit other Unity churches and their web sites for a different view!
|Our church is one of hundreds of Unity churches across the world.|
The Unity Wings - the meaning of this Unity symbol
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