Unity of Dothan

Unity is a worldwide Christian organization with an extremely positive approach to life, seeking to accept the good in people and in all life. God is seen as having many attributes, but the most important is LOVE. Unity stresses that God is not a physical man in the sky, for that limits our understanding. God is Spirit, everywhere present, the one and only Spirit behind, in, and through all things, visible and invisible.

Unity affirms that God is the only presence and power in our lives. It sees that there are negative appearances and suffering in the world, but attributes these to man’s lack of awareness and understanding, thus misuse of God’s law of life.

Unity explains that the mind is our connecting link with God, or Divine Mind, and shows how the action of our mind affects our body and circumstances. Much emphasis is placed on the effective power that thoughts, feelings, words, and acts have upon our life.

Prayer is not seen as a technique for changing God but for expanding and transforming our mind and thus changing us.

Unity seeks to relate religion to daily needs, affirming that for every need there is God’s perfect answer. Its main textbook is The Bible and it relates its lessons to our life and everyday experiences.

Unity does break from tradition in that it has no creedal requirements, dogma, rituals, or ecclesiastical garb. Unity chooses to believe that there is good in every religion. Different religions are like spokes on a wheel with the hub being God. They may be set apart by variances of beliefs and approaches, but they are all seeking the one God as the hub of all life. Consequently, Unity does not deny anyone the right to have their own beliefs.

Unity sees worship as serving God by uplifting and glorifying God’s spirit in man in positive, joyous ways. It seeks not to emphasize one’s sins of the past but instead gives attention to the good that exists in every person and what can be done IN THE NOW to transform one’s self and life.

Unity does not impose any financial burdens or pressure on its adherents. It believes the desire for giving should be initiated from within the giver. Consequently, all support is by freewill offerings.

Unity is interdenominational and welcomes, in dignity and love, people of all races, colors, religions, social backgrounds, and economic levels.

Because of similarity in names, Unity has on occasion been confused with other organizations. However, there is no connection between Unity and Unitarian Universalism or the Unification Church.

In summation, Unity emphasizes the divine potential within every child of God and teaches that through a practical understanding and application of what Jesus taught, every person can realize and express their divine potential for a happier, fuller, and more successful life.

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