NEW TO UNITY
WHAT ARE UNITY'S 5 BASIC PRINCIPLES?
We encourage you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding. We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation. The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are:
God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
We are spiritual beings, created in God's image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God.
Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.
DOES UNITY PRACTICE BAPTISM AND COMMUNION?
Yes, symbolically. Whereas baptism by water represents the cleansing of the consciousness, spiritual baptism signifies the inflow of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a mental and spiritual process that takes place within the individual as he or she aligns with the spirit of God. Spiritual communion takes place through prayer and meditation in the silence. The word of Truth is symbolized by the bread or body of Jesus Christ. The conscious realization of God-life is symbolized by the wine or blood of Jesus Christ. Unity practices communion by appropriating, or partaking, of the spiritual energy represented by these elements.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE BIBLE IN UNITY?
The Bible is Unity's basic textbook. Scripture comes alive when it is understood as a clear and helpful guide for today's experiences.
IS UNITY AN OFFSHOOT OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE?
No. Unity and Christian Science, as well as many other New Thought groups, had their beginnings in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The application of principles, the methods of teaching, and the organization of the two movements are quite different.
IS UNITY HEADQUARTERS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Yes. All of the services in the Unity Village Chapel, along with the surrounding grounds, are open to the public. The grounds at Unity headquarters include a rose garden, labyrinth for walking meditation, metaphysical library, hotel and conference center, and a bookstore that includes a coffee shop.
WHAT DOES UNITY TEACH ABOUT SIN AND SALVATION, HEAVEN & HELL?
Sin is our separation from God, the Good, in consciousness. Salvation is now--not something that occurs after death. It happens whenever we turn our thoughts from fear, anxiety, worry, and doubt to thoughts of love, harmony, joy, and peace. The "fall" takes place in consciousness whenever we fall into negative habits of thinking. Heaven and hell are states of consciousness, not geographical locations. We make our own heaven or hell here and now by our thoughts, words, and deeds.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP OF UNITY TO OTHER CHURCHES?
Unity is a vehicle for instruction, inspiration, and prayer support for spiritual seekers, regardless of their religious affiliation. Unity freely shares its teachings with all churches.
IS THERE ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN UNITY AND UNITARIANS?
No, there is no connection, although there is sometimes confusion because of the similarity of the names. Each is a distinct organization with its own set of beliefs and practices.
DOES UNITY BELIEVE IN THE DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST?
Yes, Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person. Every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ as Jesus did, by being more Christlike in everyday life.
IS UNITY A DENOMINATION?
Some aspects of the Unity movement are denominational, and some are not. For example, there are more than 900 Unity churches and study groups affiliated with Unity's sister organization, Unity Worldwide Ministries. This is a denominational aspect of Unity. In addition, Unity Institute and Seminary, located at Unity Village, trains approximately 60 students every two years to be Unity ministers. This is also denominational. However, the majority of the work done by Unity involves prayer, publishing, and education services to people of all faiths. These nondenominational aspects include the prayer ministry, Silent Unity, Daily Word (Unity's nondenominational inspirational bimonthly magazine), retreats, and spiritual enrichment and education classes (SEE) that are open to everyone and teach Unity principles in nondenominational settings.
Planning a visit to UKCN? Whether you've attended church your whole life or you've never been to church at all, we know it can be intimidating visiting a church for the first time. We've answered common questions you may have before your visit. We look forward to meeting you - you are welcome here!
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located in Kansas City's Northland at 1000 NE Barry Road, KCMO.
HOW LONG IS SERVICE?
Each service is about 1 hour. We know your time is valuable and try our best to honor that.
IS THERE A DRESS CODE?
Nope! Wear whatever is comfortable. Most people wear casual or business casual clothes.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
Your choice! We have parking lots to the east and west of our building.
WHERE DO I GO?
When you enter our main doors, you will be greeted by a member of our Welcome Team. They are available to show you around or answer any questions you may have.
WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS?
Kids 4 years - high school are invited to participate in our youth ministry program. We also have nursery services available for children 0-3. All of our teachers and nursery workers are required to pass a state background screening.
HOW DO I CONNECT?
If you enjoyed your time with us and have any questions or would like to get more involved, please contact our office at email@example.com or 816-436-0200.