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Unity of Grants Pass
...a positive path to spiritual living 

1027 SE 'M' Street, Grants Pass, Oregon  •  (541) 479-1363  •  unity@unityofgrantspass.org  •  Mailing: 233 Rogue River Hwy, PMB 361, Grants Pass, OR 97527

What Is Unity?

Unity's Five Basic Principles

  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 awareness of (and connection to) God.
  5. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.


What We Believe:


God

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.


The Nature of Humankind

We are each individual, external 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.


Our Teachings
  •     Heaven is not a place, but a state of consciousness; we create our own heaven and hell here and now.
  •     We all have an innate capacity to know God through direct experience.
  •     The “Christ” is that part of God that is in every person. There is a spark of divinity within all people, just as there was in Jesus.
  •     Prayer works.
  •     We are here to set a positive example and be a role model for others.
  •     We are here to make the world a better place.

Jesus


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 Bible

Unity 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 the Bible is a complex collection of writings complied 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.


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. Though meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.


Youth and Family Ministry

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.

Unity:
· Beholds all children as whole and perfect expressions of God.
· Empowers children to fulfill their divine potential
· Teaches children to meditate and pray.
· Invites children to experience a loving God.
· Unity provides a strong spiritual foundation for children’s lives.



Fast Facts about Unity
  • The Unity movement was co-founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1889.
  • Unity Worldwide Ministries is a religious, educational organization based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Unity Worldwide Ministries is the world headquarters of the Unity movement. We welcome all people, regardless of religious background, and serve their spiritual needs through prayer, publishing, and education.
  • Unity's world headquarters is located at Unity Village, Missouri, a 1,400-acre incorporated municipality 15 miles southeast of Kansas City, MO.
  • Unity mails approximately 34 million pieces of mail each year, including braille materials.
  • Unity employs a staff of more than 700 at its headquarters.
Silent Unity Prayer Ministry
  • The Silent Unity Prayer Ministry ~ "the light that shines for you" ~ offers confidential prayer support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year... continuous prayer for over 100 years!
  • The Unity approach to prayer is affirmative, based on positive prayers and affirmations that have universal, interfaith appeal.
  • Silent Unity: The Light That Shines for You" - a light shines in Silent Unity 24 hours a day, representing the spiritual light generated by thousands of voices who join in speaking words of faith and blessing. It is a light lit by hearts and minds united in the love of God.
  • Silent Unity receives nearly one million letters and 1.5 million telephone calls for prayer annually.
  • Currently, 200 dedicated & well-trained prayer associates answer 4,000 calls every day  with this greeting: “Silent Unity, How may we pray with you?”
Education Ministry
  • Unity Institute provides a 24-month Ministerial Education Program for ministerial candidates, leading to ordination.
  • Unity offers numerous sessions of adult curriculum annually through its SEE Spiritual Education & Enrichment program.  Classes are taught for credit at Unity Village, online, and in local churches.
  • Unity trains lay leaders in its Licensed Unity Teacher program.
  • At least 12 Retreats for adults are offered throughout the year. Spanish-language retreats are also offered.
Publishing Ministry
  • Unity operates one of the largest religious publishing houses in the Midwest.
  • Unity publishes two periodicals - Daily Word daily devotionals and Unity Magazine - along with pamphlets, books, and audio-visual products to help people in their daily lives.

The Wings Symbol

Unity wings symbol

About The Unity Wings

The Unity wings symbol, the winged globe, appears in many Unity publications. This ancient symbol has been recreated in many variations, from the older pen and ink drawing you see above, to wood carvings, stained glass, and modernized drawings.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, adopted this artistic creation as a Christian symbol as early as 1891 in the first issue of Unity Magazine. In 1923 he gave this explanation of the Unity wings:
"The winged globe or sun disc...represents the relation existing between Spirit, soul and body. Soul (the wings) gives wings to the body (the disc). Spirit is the (invisible) enveloping Principle, like the atmosphere in which both soul and body exist, and from which they draw their original inspiration."
~ Charles Fillmore, in Unity magazine, April 1923

In 1956, he further 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, from the Unity publication "Good Business"


Unity Worldwide Ministries (formerly known as Association of Unity Churches International), which serves member ministries with administrative support and materials, used a variation on the Unity wings theme for its logo - a seagull and circle:
"The seagull flying in the center circle symbolizes the lifting of the spirit of humankind in freedom, forever enfolded within the infinite circle of God's eternal love."
circle with dove

 It adopted a new logo in 2011, which incorporates a stylized suggestion of wings:
Unity insignia

For more information about Unity and its principles, please visit www.unity.org.


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1027 SE 'M' Street, Grants Pass, Oregon  •  (541)  479-1363  •  unity@unityofgrantspass.org
Mailing Address: 233 Rogue River Hwy, PMB 361, Grants Pass, OR 97527