Unity Core Principle: We are individual expressions of the One Power of the Universe, and we align with our Divine Nature through prayer and meditation.
WHAT IS UNITY?
Unity is a positive, practical and 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.
5 Basic Unity Principles - Our Core Beliefs
1. There is only one Presence and one Power active as the universe and as my life, God the Good.
2. Our essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently good. This God essence, called the Christ, was fully expressed in Jesus.
3. We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
4. Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God. Denials and affirmations are tools we use.
5. Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the Truth we know.
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.
We believe that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher of universal truths and as our way-shower. In Unity, we use the term "Christ" to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
The Nature of Humankind
We are each individual eternal expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine and, therefore, inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as realized and demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.
Unity co-founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, studied the Bible as history and allegory, and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind’s evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflecting the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
Unity Teaches and Emphasizes...
That each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world.
The creative power of thought in our life experience. We refer to this as the law of mind action. When we take personal responsibility to choose life-affirming thoughts, words and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life.
The importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives.
That each person continues to evolve as we identify, embrace and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries.
Prayer and meditation. Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive, negative thoughts as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.
Youth and Family
Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance.
In Unity, we feel a sacred responsibility, individually and collectively, to make a positive difference through personal example and active service in our spiritual community, our local community and our world.
Welcome to Unity of Birmingham
We hope to make your first visit to Unity of Birmingham a joyful and easy celebration of God and life!
Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions from first-time visitors.
Q: When are Sunday services held?
A: Sunday celebration services are held at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Please be courteous by silencing all electronic devices while on campus.
Q: How can I learn more about Unity and get to know others?
A: Join us after services in our main lobby. Here you can get connected to our spiritual community and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Q: What should I wear?
A: We want you to feel comfortable joining us for Sunday celebration services. Attire varies from jeans to business wear.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Parking is available in our parking lot adjacent to our building. Parking access is available from Highland Avenue and 28th Street. There is also parking available on Highland Avenue in front of the church.
Q: When are nursery and youth Sunday classes?
A: Since we are in a period of transition, our youth education is held in the lobby at 11:00am.
Join us on Sunday - be part of our inspiring and transformational Sunday celebration service.
Connect with a group of like-minded people with common interests.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to stay connected to Unity of Birmingham's events and happenings. Visit us on Facebook and Instagram as well, we keep the activities of the church up to date on social media as well.
Take a class or workshop - explore Unity teachings, universal Truth principles and your own beliefs.
Volunteer and step into service in our spiritual community and local community - truly make a difference for others and our world.
Become a member of Unity of Birmingham - affirm your commitment to living universal Truth principles and setting a positive example for others and our world!
BOARD & STAFF
Seated front row: Bob McKenna, president,
email@example.com, Alim Thompson, treasurer,
Alim92744@gmail.com, Jami Donaldson, jamivic.me.com,
Peggy Johnson, vice president, firstname.lastname@example.org
Standing: Christina Bullock, secretary,
Gina Pearson, email@example.com,
Jeanne Northington, firstname.lastname@example.org (not pictured)
Church Administrator: Nello Clark,
Music Director: Dr. Steve Roberts (not pictured)
Photo credit: Dori Boyd, https://www.doriboydimages.com/