What is Unity?
"Be renewed in the spirit of your mind; that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
-- Ephesians 4:23-24 —
Maya Angelou and Oprah Windfrey, speak on Unity
If you are looking for a positive approach to Christian spirituality, one that honors all paths to God, then you well may have finally found what you are looking for at Unity Church of El Cajon. We offer practical spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living. At Unity, you’ll be accepted into a spiritual community of like-minded people where you can – and will – experience a stronger connection with God every day.
Unity’s 5 Basic Principles
- God is Source and Creator of All; Absolute Good Everywhere Present
- We are Spiritual Beings, Created in God's Image. Our Essence is of God; Therefore All People are Potentially Amazing
- We Create Our Life Experiences Through Our Way of Thinking. Everything We Create Begins with Thought
- Through Prayer and Meditation, Our Hearts and Minds Become Aligned with God and We Are Transformed
- Knowing These Spiritual Principles is not Enough. We Must Live and Share Them
Unity Church of El Cajon is a growing spiritual community teaching and demonstrating Christ-centered principles for daily living, and inspiring personal growth and global transformation. Many of our church members have experienced such positive life-enhancing changes in their lives and families that they now want to share God's love and Truth with as many others as they can.
Membership at Unity Church of El Cajon
The most important criteria for membership at Unity Church of El Cajon is your desire to know and understand God's law of love. Members are free to lives their lives according to the inspiration as the Spirit of Truth is revealed within them.
Rather than being s system dogma or compulsory worship, membership at Unity Church of El Cajon is a way of life. Members are asked to simply do their best to live the Unity teachings with the aim of living more effective, Spirit-centered lives. Unity is a present-tense approach to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Unity members endeavor to minister more effectively to each other as well as to others. Through a commitment to sharing the Unity teachings, members become channels by which others are blessed in their lives.
Unify of El Cajon is a self-governing ministry affiliated with the Association of Unity Churches International. The Board of Trustees, elected by church members, conducts the business affairs of the church with the minister who is the spiritual and administrative leader of the church.
Support: A Unity Church of El Cajon member is one who lives the Truth principles, and one who supports the ministry through volunteering and tithing as a Spiritual discipline and commitment that sustains our spiritual family. The only area where specific prices are requested is for the purchase of books and tapes, special events, workshops and classes. All other services are offered on a free-will love offering basis. Unity Church of El Cajon members commit to regular attendance, leading a prayer-centered life, activities involvement, and financial support of the ministry as their conscience and abilities dictate.
Unity Teachings: We believe that the most exciting part of your membership at Unity Church of El Cajon will be the transformation of your consciousness and heart that occurs as you grow in understanding of the Unity Teachings. Unity offers members a practical spiritual philosophy based on a metaphysical interpretation of the Gospels designed to improve the student's quality of life. As you apply the Unity teachings in daily living, you become a happier, healthier, and more productive individual and member of society.
Unity teaches that every person has direct access to God. We acknowledge that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. This spark of divinity lives within each of us as the indwelling Spirit of Truth. This means that God is always with you, to guide you, to heal your and to prosper you in every area of your life.
Prayer: Unity Church of El Cajon encourages members to develop a prayer-centered life through a practice known as "Denial, Affirmation and Silent Meditation". Also known as "Centering Prayer", the discipline expands the practitioner's potential for joy, love and the expression of his or her unique gifts through their discovery of the "indwelling presence of God", the "Christ within", as their only true source of power, thus allowing one's Divine qualities to flow through their mind, heart, body and daily affairs.
Jesus Christ: Unity Church of El Cajon recognizes Jesus Christ as our "Way-shower", the clearest example of what it means to live a God-centered life. Through His teachings and life, Jesus Christ provides each of us with insights needed to understand our own true spiritual natures. It is through this understanding that our lives and relationships become more fruitful, more loving, and more peaceful. As you progress in your understanding of Unity teachings, and those of other spiritual traditions and philosophies, your life begin to unfold as it was meant to be.
Unity is Uplifting: Unity Church of El Cajon is a full-service, spiritual community. It's a church, but much more than a church; it is a school of learning, but much more than a school. Unity Church of El Cajon is a center of pastoral care and community outreach, and much more. As a church, Unity Church of El Cajon provides you the opportunity to be part of our family as well as our worship experience. Sunday service provides rich learning experiences, lesson in living, time for deep inspirational meditation, and participation through the ministry of music, arts and crafts, spiritual workshops and much more.
Truth Studies: Unity Church of El Cajon also offers a variety of study programs providing you the opportunity to delve more deeply into the "mysteries" of life. Classes are offered in Bible study and interpretation, basic Truth studies and self-discovery. Other kinds of class work are also offered, depending upon the needs of the members and the community. The provision for class work in Truth studies is one of the most important services offered to members. As a center for pastoral care, Unity Church of El Cajon offers the services traditionally offered through churches, such as memorial services, funerals, weddings, and baptisms as well as hospital visitation for those in need.
Spiritual Counseling: The most important pastoral service offered at Unity Church of El Cajon is its spiritual counseling program. Counseling at Unity Church of El Cajon is truly "spiritual" in that it helps individuals find their true source of power--the power of the indwelling Christ within them. Unity counseling deals with taking remedial action at the root of the challenge, rather than trying to modify the effect of it. This is why Unity counseling is so effective. Every effort is made to understand the real nature of the challenge a person is facing, then specific prayer is prescribed for meeting and conquering the cause of the challenge.
Fellowship in Unity: Through Unity, you can find a way of life that you may have never dreamed possible. There is a certain feeling of joy and partnership that comes through being associated with people of like mind. "For where two or three are gather in my name, I am there among them", says the Christ. At services, classes, and fellowship activities, you have the opportunity to share Truth ideas with fellow students as well as with your Unity Minister. These relationships will enable you to accelerate your spiritual growth even faster and create an atmosphere in which lasting friendships can be cultivated.
A Household of Faith: Unity has been called the "Household of Faith", and it truly is. "So then you are no longer strangers, but citizens with the saints, members of the house hold of God built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God." As your spirit grows at Unity Church of El Cajon, you will discover a renewed zest for life and joy in living that transforms you into a new being.
Come, Let us Pray Together,
Let us Serve Together.
Let us Join Together,
To Build up the Kingdom of God, Life, Peace and Unity
Unity Church of El Cajon Mission
- Unity Church of El Cajon creates and supports vibrant, diverse Unity leaders and communities that foster transformation and inspire people to make a positive difference in our world.
- Unity Church of El Cajon is a Bible-based Christian community learning to live the life God intended for us -- a life of love, joy, peace, good health, prosperity, and an abundance of all good things.
- Unity Church of El Cajon offers a positive, practical approach to spirituality, and tools you can use to create an extraordinary and deeply meaningful and purpose-filled life.
- Unity Church of El Cajon provides a welcoming, sacred place for those who consider themselves "spiritual" more than "religious".
- Unity Church of El Cajon offers inspiring Sunday Services, an outstanding Youth & Family Ministry, and educational programs for anyone just beginning their spiritual journey as well as for those who have been on their path for many years.
- Unity Church of El Cajon is a place where you will experience a strong sense of community and an exhilarating sense of vitality. We believe there is one God, called by many names, and found through many different paths.
- Unity Church of El Cajon takes a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity base on the teaching of Jesus and the power of prayer. We honor universal truth as it may be expressed in various cultures and religious traditions, and respect the individual right of every person to choose their own spiritual path based on his or her own conscience.
Unity Statement for Peace
Unity Church of El Cajon stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence of God and that God loves each one of us equally. It is therefore the position of Unity to urge all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times and pursue peace, not war, for this is what honors the God of all our faith traditions. Unity stands for peace in our lifetime.
The Nature of 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.
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.
Nature of Humanity
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 that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world.
Unity emphasizes 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.
Unity emphasizes the importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives. Unity teachings continue 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 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.
Commitment to Our Children
We behold all children as whole and perfect expressions of God.
We empower children to fulfill their unique divine potential.
We teach and guide all children in the practice of prayer and meditation.
We invite and encourage all children to experience God as love and truth.
We endeavor to provide a strong, stable, spiritual foundation for all children through our own example.
We hold spiritual action as a sacred trust and responsibility, individually and collectively, to make a positive difference through our personal examples as well as through active service in our church, our communities, and our world.