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Originating in 1889, and also known simply as Unity, Unity Church is associated with the New Thought movement.

Unity was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. The Fillmores began studying spiritual healing because Mrs. Fillmore believed she had been healed of tuberculosis. In their studies, they were influenced by Emma Curtis Hopkins, then a follower of Mary Baker Eddy's Christian Science movement, although Unity is closer to New Thought in its teachings and practices.

Until 1922, Unity was a member organization of the International New Thought Alliance.

Unity developed gradually as the Fillmores sought to share their insights with others through books, magazines, and pamphlets. They formed a service program known as Silent Unity which, through prayer and counseling, assists people by telephone and through the mail, which has been continued through email.

Following World War I, The Fillmores and their backers began construction on Unity Village, which now serves as the headquarters for the denomination and most of its departments, including the affiliated Unity School of Christianity. Now a southeast suburb of Kansas City, Unity Village now covers more than 1,400 acres and is an incorporated village with its own post office.

Unity's teachings emphasize spiritual healing, prosperity, and practical Christianity. Unlike many other New Thought organizations, Unity stresses its agreement with traditional Christianity, describing itself as a worldwide Christian organization that teaches a positive approach to life, seeking to accept the good in all people and events.

Unity does not reject the practice of medicine, although its position is the illness is unnatural and curable by spiritual means.

Although the Church publishes the Unity Statement of Faith, as written by Charles Fillmore, it does not have a definite creed, and is tolerant of the beliefs of others.

Apart from its Silent Unity program, Unity publishes books, magazines, and pamphlets, and offers classes for those who are interested in learning more of its beliefs and practices, as well as a course of study for prospective Unity ministers. All Unity ministers must successfully complete a course of study, and achieve approval from its Unity School of Christianity.

The Church also sponsors a chapter of Youth of Unity for high school teenagers who meet together to learn Unity principles and practices, including regional and international conferences.

Affiliated schools, associations, and organizations include Unity World Headquarters, Silent Unity, the Unity Society of Practical Christianity, Unity School of Christianity, Unity Institute, the Office of Prayer Research, the Association of Unity Churches, Unity Village, Unity Village Chapel, Unity Near You, Unity Worldwide Ministries, and Unity House.

Unity theology includes a belief in God as the creator of everything. God is good, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

However, Unity views God as spiritual energy that is available to everyone all the time, and not as a person.

Jesus is seen as divine, but only in the sense that all human beings are the children of God, sharing in the potential for divinity. Jesus was a master teacher who expressed divinity and worked to show others how to do the same.

Unity reserves the term "Christ" to refer to the divinity that is in all people. Jesus was the great example of the Christ.

Humans are spiritual beings, created in the image of God. Because the spirit of God lives within everyone, people are inherently good and sacred. Each individual creates his or her own life experiences through their way of thinking.

There is power in affirmative prayer, as this enhances a person's connection to God.

The knowledge of or belief in spiritual principles are not enough; people must live them. Unity holds that it is possible to live up to the teachings of Jesus every day.

The Christian Bible is studied as allegory and a historical record. It is considered a valuable resource, but they believe that it represents the understandings of the human authors and their mileu.

Lessons in Truth: A Course of Twelve Lessons in Practical Christianity, written by H. Emilie Cady in 1896, is considered a significant text in Unity, although not as scripture.

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