Five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are:
- God is Absolute Good, everywhere present.
- Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.
- Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
- Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity, and everything good.
- Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the truth that he or she knows.
Unity started in 1889 with the publishing of the magazine, Modern Thought. The co-founders of Unity, Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, had long been students of a wide range of philosophies but their life changed when Myrtle’s failing health was restored through prayer and affirmation. This focus on prayer and meditation became the cornerstone of all that followed. They organized a prayer group that would become the current Silent Unity. This group prayed with friends and neighbors and soon word spread of the power of their prayers. As people wanted to know more about this prayer practice, Charles, Myrtle, and their cohorts published pamphlets, books, magazines and correspondence classes.
In 1919 they bought the first parcel of land near Kansas City Missouri that was the beginning of the 1400 acre municipality of Unity Village. Unity Village is the home of Daily Word, Silent Unity, Unity Institute and Seminary, Awaken Whole Life Center, and much of the acreage is nature preserve.
Daily Word was first published in 1924 as a daily message of hope for it’s readers and has been remained in publication since.
Other than book sales, magazine subscriptions, and retreat or class fees, Unity has always been supported by free-will love offerings.
Unity of Anchorage follows in our founders footsteps. We believe in the power of prayer and that divine wisdom is inherent in each person. We are also supported primarily by free-will offerings and we practice tithing as well.