What is Unity?
Unity is a worldwide Christian organization more than a century old. It teaches and emphasizes a new way of thinking and a new way of living. Unity has been described as a common-sense religion or as practical Christianity.
The Unity teachings have broad appeal to people of all faith, Christian and non-Christian. Unity recognizes the value in all the world's great religions and we celebrate the richness of diverse religious beliefs and expression. Our centers attract people of all faiths, and it is not unusual to find Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists all worshiping together, celebrating God and life.
Unity accepts the Bible as its main textbook of truth and we interpret it spiritually, literally and metaphysically. Unity explains the Bible and its lessons as they relate to you today and to your spiritual growth and life experiences. Unity also accepts and reflects statements of truth from many different avenues, for we believe that God is too great to be contained in just one book or one concept or one philosophy. We believe that God is absolute good, and that God is present in all creation.
Unity proclaims the divinity of Jesus but assures us that like Jesus we are each a child of God. Unity acknowledges Jesus as teacher, way-shower, and elder brother, but we worship the Christ, God's spirit in humankind, rather than the man Jesus. Unity is most unique in that it has no creed or requirements, little concern for dogma or ritual and allows us the freedom to grow spiritually at our own pace and to evolve to our own working philosophy of ideas and beliefs. Unity is an open-ended search for truth where people of all races, religions, social and economic backgrounds are welcomed with love and dignity. We accept individual responsibility for growth and that requires commitment. All of our teachings at their deepest levels are designed to show the way to the source of all good, which is unselfish service to humankind, our brothers and sisters.
Unity is an extremely positive approach to life. We emphasize health, joy, peace of mind and prosperity, seeking to accept and accentuate the good in all people, in every area of life. Unity also emphasizes joy in everyday life. As a result, we are happy and enthusiastic about living. Unity believes and teaches that each one of us is responsible for becoming the very best human we can be, the very best Me that I can be. Unity believes that as we develop individually with a consciousness of self-esteem we can then give more of ourselves to others, as from an overflowing cup.
Unity states that the connection between God and us is direct, that communion in unity between us and God is only awaiting our discovery, a personal relationship within us, with the God of our being.
Unity is a beautiful way of life. If you are looking for a place that will accept you and challenge you to be the very best that you are, then come grow with us.
There is only One Presence and One Power, God the Good.
The Divinity of Humankind — we each have Divine Presence within.
The Formative Power of Thought — Thoughts are things.
The Practice of the Presence through prayer, meditation, affirmations and denials.
The Law of Demonstration — we are co-creators with God and take responsibility for living the Truth
I stand for Peace in the presence of conflict.
I stand for Love in the presence of hatred and fear.
I stand for Forgiveness in the presence of injury.
I honor the many names for God, the many paths to God;
for I know there is only one power and presence of God
and God loves each one of us equally. I urge all nations,
their leaders, and their people to turn to God,
by whatever name, for guidance during these challenging times
and to pursue peace, for peace honors the God of all faiths.
I stand for Peace in my lifetime.
Adapted from the Joint Statement of Peace from the International Association of Unity Churches and Unity Institute.
In 1993 a group wanting to attend a Unity Church, and often traveling nearly 60 miles to do so, came together to form an Outreach of Unity Christ Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. With the full support of Unity in Gaithersburg, Katharyn George Sunderman led the group’s formation as Spiritual Leader.
In October 1993 a steering committee formed. The first committee included Bill Eldridge, President; Michael Machette, Vice President; Rosemary Glenn, Secretary; Steven Marchitelli, Treasurer; Leon Bayless and Brigetta Cornelius.
Unity Church in Fredrick was incorporated in December 1994 after nearly a year of meeting as a study group. Upon learning the group would be losing its meeting place, its 19 members voted to buy a building. A pretty little brick church building was purchased from Jehovah’s Witnesses only two months later. In May that same year Tom Thorpe, representing the Association of Unity Churches, presided at the church’s dedication celebration.
Katharyn George Sunderman became a licensed Unity teacher in 1994 and her husband Bill became licensed in 1997. In January 1999 she was licensed as a minister in the Field Licensing Program and ordained in January 2000.
Edna Fritz spearheaded the children’s program soon after the church began and the program continues to grow.
In 2001, Toni Fish became the Spiritual Leader, upon Katharyn’s retirement.
Currently, 78 members keep the church active and growing. Unity in Frederick is blessed with a host of dedicated individuals who manage our bookstore, fellowship, greeting, maintenance, gardening, music, prayer, healing yoga and outreach ministries.