What We Believe
Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living.
New to Unity? Try our Intro to Unity Class
Sunday, April 21st | 12:15pm | Welcome Center
If you would like to know more about Unity and our ministry, we invite you to attend our "Intro to Unity" class. Come explore the basic teachings and principles of Unity and ask any questions you may have. A great opportunity to connect with others new to the ministry! All are welcome.
The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation.
Some of Unity’s Basic Principles include:
1. God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
2. Jesus Christ is our great example, not the great exception. Unity emphasis is on the teaching of Jesus Christ who called us all to be a light in the world as he modeled for us.
3. We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image.
4. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
5. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God.
6. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them thereby having an experience of God.
Although Unity is sometimes confused with other
denominations, such as Unitarian or The Unification Church, there is no
Unity proclaims the divinity of Jesus, but goes even further
by proclaiming that every person is a child of God and therefore divine
in nature. We believe that a person's mind is his or her connecting
link with God or Divine Mind. Therefore, much emphasis is placed on the
effective power that every thought, feeling, work or act has in creating
Unity also seeks to relate religion to daily needs,
affirming that for every need there is God's perfect answer. We also
place strong emphasis on prayer
and meditation. Our primary textbook is The Bible, whose lessons are
related to everyday experiences and therefore made more relevant.
Unity views worship as serving God by uplifting and
glorifying God's spirit in man, in positive, joyous ways. We're not so
much concerned about a "future life" as we are in teaching people to
live more fully in the present.
Unity believes in eternal life and views the present moment
as a part of that life. We also emphasize the divine potential in every
child of God, and teach that through a practical understanding and
application of what Jesus taught, that every person can realize and
express their potential for a richer and fuller life.
In Unity, everyone is recognized as a true spiritual being, awakening to the truth that sets them free.
Unity’s emphasis is on a path of spiritual awakening that moves humanity toward oneness through love, forgiveness, and acceptance of all people. Unity’s focus is not on sin, but in creating a healthy relationship with God which is free of fear and guilt. Unity does not practice all of the traditional Christian church ceremonies such as water baptism and Holy Communion. It sees baptism as an inner activity of the Holy Spirit and communion as the daily practice of prayer.
Below are brief explanations of some of Unity’s teachings.
God: God is Spirit, everywhere present; intelligence and life energy. God’s external nature is love and goodness, which can be accessed at all times by being in the present moment.
Jesus: Jesus was an enlightened divine, master teacher of universal, spiritual truths designed to help all people awaken to their inherent spiritual potential to fulfill the true image and likeness that they are at their core. His teachings are meant to move people from a state of separation from God’s goodness into a state of oneness with God and all life.Jesus was the example of a Son of God in expressions and called every person to awaken to this Christ nature in them. “All who are led by the Spirit of God are Sons of God.”
Humankind: Every person is a creation of God and capable of being a light in this world. Therefore, at one’s core is a divine nature of goodness that every person is either asleep or attuned to in varying degrees. A deepening conscious relationship with God helps this God-Seed or divine nature to blossom.
The Bible: Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. It is historical, mystical and metaphysical in its content. An understanding of its symbology, allegories and parables reveals an inner evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening.
Unity Teachings: Unity emphasizes a mind-heart connection to God and spiritual principles as a way of transforming all areas of one’s life.