Newcomers’ Meeting: Get Your Questions about Unity Answered and Meet Like-Minded Souls in the Process
Sep 05, 2015 03:04AM
● By Nancie-Lynn Sheldon-Martin
You do not have to feel separate or alone. Please take a few minutes and sit in peace and joy with us at Unity of Sarasota. You will be happy that you did!
Every fourth Sunday after Unity’s 10:30 a.m. service, we joyfully gather together with other like-minded souls in the Fellowship Hall Education Annex at noon, to learn more about the wonderful teachings of Unity and how the principles might apply to our everyday spiritual living.
The five expansive basic ideas that Unity sets forward as its main belief system are as follows:
“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.”
Unity is devoted to demonstrating that the teachings of Jesus Christ can be lived every day. Furthermore, our basic position is that the true Church is a “state of consciousness in mankind.” Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God, that each person is sacred and each worthy. Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in people’s experiences and encourages taking personal responsibility to choose life-affirming thoughts, words and actions, believing that when people do this, they experience more fulfilling and abundant lives.
Unity also teaches that we are individual, external expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine and, therefore, we are inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential, as demonstrated by Jesus. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives. Salvation, in the Unity view, is found in conscious understanding of one’s innate divinity then putting this knowledge into practice in everyday life.
Unity founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, studied the Bible as both history and allegory. They interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of each soul’s evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. Unity understands the Bible as a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. The Bible is a valuable spiritual resource, but is understood as a reflection of the comprehension and inspiration of the writers and their times. Although Unity is not a traditional Christian teaching, it emphasizes its agreements, not differences, with (traditional) Christians and stresses its concurrence with the teachings of Jesus and the Bible.
It has been generally accepted that Jesus’ great works were miracles, and that the power to do miracles was delegated to His immediate followers only. In recent years, many of Jesus’ followers have inquired into His healing methods, and they have found that healing is based on universal mental and spiritual laws which anyone can utilize who will comply with the conditions involved in these laws.
Unity considers itself to be a non-sectarian educational institution. Due to the interdenominational nature of Unity, its influence extends beyond its membership. Whether or not you have previously attended one of our inspiring Sunday services, please feel free to stop by. Grab a coffee, a cookie, and please join us. This Newcomers’ Meeting is open to all that might have additional questions for Reverend Elizabeth or Reverend Amy. We look forward to seeing you during our next Newcomers’ Meeting on September 27.
Location: 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. For more information or to stay updated on the exciting spiritual activities and events Unity of Sarasota has to offer, visit UnityOfSarasota.com or join our online Meet-Up Group at MeetUp.com/Sarasota-Spiritual-Growth-Meet-Up-Group.