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About Unity





4525 SE Stark Street

Portland, OR 97215
503-234-7441
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Dial-a-Prayer Line:
503-234-7491


SUNDAY CELEBRATION SERVICE: 11:00 AM

Guided Meditation in the Chapel
10:30-10:50 AM

Youth/Teen Celebration Services: 
11:00 AM (Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers.)

Connection Hour: 
Following the Sunday service


WEDNESDAY NIGHT ALIVE! SERVICE: 7:00 PM


Hours of Operation:
Ministry Offices: Mon - Thurs.
10am - 4pm

Bookstore Hours: 
Mon - Thurs., 10am - 4pm, 
Sundays, 10am - 1pm

Email: Info@UnityofPortland.Org


What's New at Unity

March: Love in Action Month
3/12-4/9 Kids Camp Plant Sale
3/19-4/16 Outreach Drive Begins
3/20-4/26 Moving to Heal Class
3/21 Unveiling Your Divinity Class Begins
3/22 Music Meditation Service
3/26 Guest Speaker: Ester Nicholson
3/26 Make Room for a Miracle Workshop
4/2 Service Fair
4/9 Palm Sunday
4/16 Easter
4/23 Guest Presenter: Greg Tamblyn
4/28 Taste of Unity Dinner Fundraiser
4/30 "Wisdom of the World" Series Begins
5/5-7 Women of Unity Retreat
6/2-4 Men of Unity Retreat


MINISTER: 
Rev. Lisa Davis

LICENSED UNITY TEACHERS:
Sandra Combs, LUT
Nick Muncie-Jarvis, LUT
Allen Watson, LUT


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What are Unity's Basic Teachings?

5 Basic Unity Principles are:

  1. God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
  2. I am naturally good because God's Divinity is in me and in everything.
  3. I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
  4. Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.    
  5. I do and give my best by living the Truth I know.  I make a difference!

"Unity is a link in the great educational movement inaugurated by Jesus Christ; our objective is to discern the truth in Christianity and prove it.  The truth that we teach is not new, neither do we claim special revelations or discovery of new religious principles.  Our purpose is to help and teach mankind to use and prove the eternal Truth taught by the Master."  --- Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity.

The list below contains questions that we have frequently been asked about Unity and its teachings.



What Is Unity?

Unity is positive, practical Christianity. It teaches the practical application in everyday life of the principles of Truth Taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ, as interpreted in the light of modern-day experience by Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches. We believe all people are created with sacred worth.

Does Unity Believe in the Divinity of Christ?

Yes, but not in any way that makes Jesus unique. Unity teaches that the spirit of God dwelt in Jesus, just as it indwells every person; and that every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ, as Jesus did, by being more Christ-like in everyday life.

What are some of Unity's distinctive characteristics?

Unity affirms the freedom of each individual to advance spiritually according to his or her own level of understanding. Respect for and faith in the spirit of God in every person makes it unnecessary to set down fixed creeds or impose limiting beliefs. Each individual is encouraged to follow the Unity teachings in determining personal responses in his or her life.

What is the relationship of Unity to other churches?

Unity puts into practice a true ecumenical approach. Unity sees itself as a vehicle for instruction, inspiration and prayer support for spiritual seekers. It freely shares its teachings with all churches. Unity believes in the oneness and freedom of all people. Emphasis is always on the similarities rather than the differences in the human spiritual expression.

Is there any connection between Unity and Unitarianism?

No, there is no connection, although there is some confusion because of the similarity of the names. In a very general way, it might be said that the two differ mainly in their beliefs regarding Jesus Christ and the Trinity. Unity places great emphasis on spiritual healing, while this is not practiced by Unitarians as a rule. In turn, Unitarians place great emphasis on social and political action.

What is the place of the Bible in Unity?

The Bible is Unity’s basic text book. It is accepted as a body of history, as a moral and ethical teaching, and as a great literary work. Beyond this, Unity finds deep significance in the Bible through its metaphysical interpretation, wherein names of places and people and their experiences symbolize the unfoldment of human consciousness. Through the study of Unity teachings, the Bible is made more meaningful to individuals. Scripture comes alive when it is understood as a clear and helpful guide for today’s experiences. The Bible reveals the spirit of Truth and the word of God. Holy Spirit, working individually through those who study scripture and listen within, is the final authority in spiritual awakening.

Does Unity practice Baptism and Communion?

Yes, symbolically. Whereas baptism by water represents the cleansing of the consciousness, spiritual baptism signifies the inflow of the Holy Spirit. No person can truly baptize another. Baptism is a mental and spiritual process that takes place within the individual as he or she aligns with the spirit of God.

Spiritual communion takes place through prayer and meditation in the silence. The word of Truth is symbolized by the bread, or the body of Jesus Christ. The conscious realization of God-life is symbolized by the wine, or the blood of Jesus Christ. Unity practices communion by appropriating, or partaking of the spiritual energy represented by these elements.

In Unity services, ritual is de-emphasized as a general rule, so that full attention may be devoted to the teachings and their practical application.

What about the crucifixion?

Unity teaches that the cross symbolized the crossing out of all false beliefs. Here again, emphasis is on life and living, through the resurrection rather than on the Crucifixion.

Does Unity accept the virgin birth?

Unity accepts the virgin birth as an experience in the spiritual unfoldment of each individual. Thus the virgin birth is a spiritually interpreted as the birth of the Christ consciousness (the awakening of the awareness of God’s Spirit within) in the purified soul.

Does Unity look for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

Unity understands the Second Coming as the individual expression of the Christ consciousness. This is not an event to be anticipated in the future. It is happening here and now, through prayer, meditation, study, and application.