One thing you will quickly learn about Unity is that it is free of much of the dogma or rigidly codified set of beliefs that you find in more traditional Christian traditions. In fact, Unity’s co-founder, Charles Fillmore, who believed in the ongoing revelation of truth, famously reserved the right to change his mind should new truth be revealed that would require it. However, he also maintained he would never change his mind about truth principles.
The closest Unity comes to anything remotely resembling dogma is the five principles. However, these principles are more about Universal Truth and less about dogma. As Rev. Ellen Debenport points out in her book The Five Principles, these principles “reflect laws of the universe [that] apply to everyone, all the time.” Our work is to understand for ourselves the essence of spiritual truth implied by those principles, and to discern what that truth means in and for our lives.
Unity attracts spiritual seekers who believe that we as humans are more than a physical, thinking, feeling being, but are looking for something different to the traditional churches or Eastern philosophy.
Unity fills that need for people of all ages because our principles are based on science, psychology and spirituality, and on the teachings of Jesus as far as we can know them. Our teachings are compatible with the latest understanding of how the brain works. They can be understood by children and adults alike.
We don’t believe in a superhuman god up there in the sky with a big stick in one hand and a magic wand in the other, nor do we offer a magic key, a formula, the right words to affirm to make everything in life fall into place. Spiritual understanding helps us deal with life and to live it fully, it does not save us from it.