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Unitarians/Unitarian Church Vs. Unity Church


MattB wrote at 2007-05-25 18:00:46
Not all students of Unity consider themselves Christian per se, although the movement started in Christianity. Moreover, most traditional Christians would not consider Unity students to be Christians in the proper sense, because of significant differences theologically between the basic tenets of Unity and traditional/historical Christianity. For more information, please see the Wikipedia article on Unity .  

Sandy Baker wrote at 2007-08-28 01:11:26

Thank you so much for the clarity on what a Unitarian Universal Church believes.  I've been trying to understand the differences between Unity and Unitarian for some time.  I actually attend a Unity Church, and have wondered for some time why I chose Unity and not Unitarian.  Thank you for your clarity.  I know now I've made the right choice.

I'm just wondering if you've actually attended a Unity Church.  What I love most about the Unity Church is the warm welcoming of all different beliefs without judgement of any.  That's what was most important to me.  I think you might be pleasantly surprised if you attended a service.

Thank you again for your openness.


Joe wrote at 2008-01-09 07:24:17
This answer, for some reason, barely discusses the principles of Unity Church. Like UU, the Unity Church does not take any "creeds." Rather, Unity has "basic ideas," none of which members must accept. They 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."

Unity Member wrote at 2008-12-08 22:55:40

Be careful in making assumptions, particularly when it comes to other religions.  

I have been attending the Unity Church since I was young and being taught and inspired by my father an advid, yet part-time theologeon, who is also a Unity member (although not exclusively), I do not consider myself a "Christian", nor do I think he does.  

As I understand it, a Christian believe that Jesus Christ is the "son of God".  That is not what we beleive.  It is always dangerous and self-serving to consider other ways of thinking lower than yours and by making assumptions of the Unity Church in comparison to your (clearly) Unitarian Church, you come across as pious and uneducated.

john the unitist wrote at 2009-01-27 07:28:08
i would respectfully add to the answer of the question..."what is the difference between Universalist and unity members"...  i am a unity member and the nearest i can find with respect to our teaching is not only recognizing what Jesus was saying to his contemporaries but a template that would transcend the dogma that excluded all that were not pure in the sight of god would be excluded.  we and Universalist's would agree on this point i.e. that no one is condemned in the sight of god...he made us in his own image and therefor evil/sin only exists in the minds of men.  god is no more or less the cause of mankind's woe than he is for the waves that splash the pristine shores of the most beautiful places on earth.  the unity teaching is very simple  we are all (everyone) beautiful children of god. .  perfect in every way.  and we are loved unconditionally.  just the way we are. that the 'Christ that traditional/orthodox Christians brought a special message to the world.  love god with all your heart, mind and soul.  love your neighbor as you love yourself.  (do unto others...)

David W. Swafford wrote at 2009-01-27 14:24:07

For What It's Worth:

I am a follower of Unity Church and an employee at Unity Village. In both Unity and UU, you find a tremendous diversity of backgrounds. Remember not to Assume Anything! It is ignorant to say that 100% of people attending Unity Church are Christians; it simply isn't so. Unity is all-accepting just as UU is. The difference is that Unity teaches metaphysics through Christian symbolism and Christian history.

Thank you,

David W. Swafford  

Fay Hart wrote at 2009-07-28 18:02:26
I have recently become a member of the Unity Church in St Petersburg, Florida.  I would not call myself a Christian. The appeal of Unity for me was the fact that people of all faiths join there to explore a metaphysical approach to the teachings of Jesus -  Jesus as an example, not an exception. The emphasis of the Unity teaching is on self-authority and complete responsibility for ones life.

After attending Unity for a year and now becoming a committed member of the Unity community, I have to say that your response regarding the main differences between UUA and Unity has not been my finding.

All the best,

Fay Hart

Patrice wrote at 2009-12-20 06:07:24
I attend a Unity Church regularly and Unity Church, like UAA, welcomes people of all faiths, religious backgrounds, and affiliations. At the small Unity Church I meet with there are atheists, humanists, earth centered individuals, Christians, Jews, and probably more! Therefore, you do not have to be a "Christian" to go to a Unity Church. I do not limit myself to the term "Christian" and I attend a Unity Church.

Jed Stone wrote at 2010-03-20 16:32:17
Please note, Jon, Unity has no creeds either, nor dogma, and welcomes all, regardless of religious background or beliefs. Peace. Jed

amelia blackwood wrote at 2010-03-22 00:30:53
I would like to chime in here in regard to the above statements.  I have attended many services in the Unity church and have found them to be VERY accepting of all walks of life and faith.  They also lean toward being quite metaphysical.  Basically, the idea is that God is within each of us, not outside of us.  Unity also rejects the idea of Jesus as a deity, but acknowledges that he was a great mystic and miracle worker.  Definitely someone to aspire to be like, but not to worship.  I do not consider myself to be a "Christian" and have found that the Unity church resonates deeply with me.  

Dada Nabhaniilananda wrote at 2010-04-05 23:26:40
I'm a meditation and yoga teacher and have been invited as a guest minister and visiting musician at numerous Unity Churches and other New Thought Churches, as well as several Unitarian Universalist Congregations. In the course of which I have discussed this question with a number of ministers and members of the different organisations. So I might be able to give you a bit of an 'outsiders' perspective.

My impression is that yes, Unity is clearly more identified with Christianity than UU. But I cannot agree that 100% of Unity member consider themselves Christian. I've met Buddhists, yogis and more frequently 'new ageists' in Unity, some of them holding executive positions in the church. One belief I found to be universal amongst both Unity and UU members was in fact a disbelief. Both movements are very clear in their rejection of fundamentalist Christian dogma and narrow minded religious views. I find the open mindedness of the people I met in all of these congregations both refreshing and inspiring.

What touched me most deeply was that despite the fact that I'm an orange robed monk, clearly not from a Christian order, I could not have wished for a warmer welcome from the good people of both the Unity and Unitarian Universalist movements.

Terry Murray wrote at 2010-07-19 17:32:58
Dear Jon,  I really enjoyed your response to this question and would like to give just a little update.  I'm currently a student at Unity Institute, the current name for the education side of Unity School of Christianity and much to my surprise, we are not 100% Christian.  Not even close, I'm thinking.  Among my classmates, I stand out when I call myself a Christian and many of my classmates are currently questioning not only their own belief in Christianity, but also the most appropriate direction for our movement. Most of our churches (or centers as many of my classmates prefer) encourage people of all faiths to attend and participate. More and more, I'm starting to wonder what the big difference between us is too. I have heard rumor that the word "God" is not used at most UU churches.  Maybe that's it? I'd love to hear back from you.

Stormyee wrote at 2010-10-09 14:59:54
Great explanation, I have to add though being a Unity Member that we also accept all people of all faiths and beliefs at Unity. Our focus is on Love and that is universal. Namaste Jon!  

MB wrote at 2011-01-25 09:04:47
To the writer of the above post, I'd like to make a few corrections, & make some observations on your comments. It seems to me that you're attempting to win new converts by placing an emphasis on Unity's roots in Christianity, while cleverly distancing yourself from Unity. However, by so doing, you're failing to acknowledge the similarities (& not just in name) between U.U. & Unity. Like U.U., Unity also welcomes people of all faiths, not just Christians, to be a part of their congregation. Unity is all inclusive & welcomes everyone!

What Unity believes is considered to be "New Thought", & Charles & Myrtle Fillmore were pioneers in "New Thought" religions, paving the way for later new thought writers such as Ernest Holmes, who wrote many books, including "The Science Of Mind" & later founded the Religious Science movement(not to be confused with Christian Science or Scientology). Unity has a very enlightened approach to how they interpret the bible, they are accepting of all faiths & recognize the universal truth in all religions & welcome anyone from any faith or denomination to attend Unity. From Unity's website:

"Unity is a positive, practical, 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."

While Unity considers itself to be based in Christianity, a service at a Unity church is very different than that of other traditional Christian denomination's services, including Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, etc. A Unity service also differs from that of a traditional non-denominational Christian church(i.e. a church with a 100% literal rendering of the bible, such as the Baptist/Evangelical denominations)service.

The irony is that while both U.U. & Unity have Christian roots, both organizations are considered to be 'cults' by most traditional Christians. I personally see that as closed-mindedness. Some people are very threatened by other beliefs or world views that differ from their own, & as such, some Christians simply will not accept an alternate interpretation of the bible, & most Christians would consider Unitarians heretical for denying the 'Holy Trinity', & would call you a blasphemer for so doing; to them you might as well be an atheist. I personally consider myself to be a deist. I believe in God, but I don't think that any one religion has a monopoly on it, & that there is truth that can be found in most of the worlds major religions. Finally, for the record, a person who is a follower of Islamic teachings is a Muslim, not 'Moslem'. Thanks,


re schmee wrote at 2011-02-24 23:12:33
Thank you MB, well said.  I'm a life-long member of Unity and, unlike some of my fellow Unitics on here, I consider myself a Christian. I consider myself a Christian because I study and follow the teachings "of" Jesus the Christ.  The teachings "of" Jesus and the teachings "about" Jesus are sometimes not the same thing.  Jesus fully realized and fully demonstrated his true nature, the Christ within.  Jesus is not the great exception but the great example and declared that the spirit of God, the Christ, the spark of divinity, lives in each and every one of us. He did not say come worship me, Jesus said FOLLOW ME, do as I do do and do even greater things than I do! We are all created in the image and likeness of God and are therefore originally blessed. Every person on the planet has that same Christ spirit within them.  Truth Students in Unity recognize and behold the Christ in all people and know that that spirit is love and peace. I entered into Unity on May 4, 1952 in KC and am a fourth generation Unitic.  Unity has always been a guiding light in my life and I am so very thankful for that!

206spirit wrote at 2011-04-14 06:23:40
I occasionally go to a Unity Church because it is welcoming and refreshing. I have heard lessons from Buddhists, Moslems, Christians, Earth religions, Native-Americans,etc. The statements above indicate unity does not celebrate diversity as much as uu, which by my experience is not the case. As well as the assertion unity is 100% Christian. It is a spiritual gathering of spiritual folks based largely on the teachings of Jesus as allegory and the metaphysical, not even close to the tradional Jesus that "saves."

206spirit wrote at 2011-04-14 06:23:41
I occasionally go to a Unity Church because it is welcoming and refreshing. I have heard lessons from Buddhists, Moslems, Christians, Earth religions, Native-Americans,etc. The statements above indicate unity does not celebrate diversity as much as uu, which by my experience is not the case. As well as the assertion unity is 100% Christian. It is a spiritual gathering of spiritual folks based largely on the teachings of Jesus as allegory and the metaphysical, not even close to the tradional Jesus that "saves."

Kevin wrote at 2012-01-20 23:47:48
As someone involved with the Unity movement for over twenty years, I would like to provide some clarification. Unity was begun as a Christian organization, but what exactly it means to be a Christian was -- and continues to be -- open to interpretation. Much of traditional trinitarian Christianity is not represented to a great degree in the Unity movement. As evidence of the contrary, Unity recently dropped its slogan of "practical Christianity" in favor of "a positive path of spiritual living," and there is a push to replace "church" with "spiritual center."

Anna wrote at 2015-05-21 20:07:06
"I must assume that, in comparison, 100% of Unity consider themselves Christian". This is very much, as stated, an assumption and not true at all. Unity is inclusive, and respects all paths. Jesus is considered a "brother" and not a deity. I personally embrace Paganism and go to a Unity church.


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Will answer all questions regarding Unitarian Universalist (UU)church; including ancient history (Universalists go back to at least 250 A.D.) and medieval history (Unitarians look to 1553 A.D. as their beginning) up to merger of the two movements in 1961 and continuing up to present. Am familiar with Christian church organizations and relationship of UUs to traditional churches.


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