PASTOR COLUMN - Unity honors universal truths in all religions

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What is Unity?

In a nutshell, "Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual's right to choose a spiritual path." (from the Unity website: www.unity.org.

Unity is part of a group of churches referred to as "New Thought Churches;" sister to the Center for Spiritual Living, (formerly known as the Church of Religious Science,) and a cousin to the Unitarian Univeralist Church. Unity is not a part of the New Age Movement, but many nonreligious, spiritual people are associated with it.

Unity was founded in 1889 by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in Kansas City, Mo., as a healing prayer society. Unity is not a religion; it is a spiritual movement based in Christianity, but embracing the ideal of "Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual path, you are welcome here." We believe that all spiritual paths lead to one Power and one Presence in which all are united in one Purpose. We believe that God's peace and good will extend to everyone, everywhere. It is our mission as a church to provide an environment where all who come may explore the universal principles of Truth that awaken all of us to the Unity expressed in each one of us.

Even though Unity did not start out as an organized movement, there are Unity churches in every state in the United States of America, and in many countries worldwide. Unity has a school at Unity Village, Mo., which offers ministerial and teacher-training programs and courses open to the general public, as well.

Courses are also offered at local churches and on-line. More information about classes can be found at www.unity.org.

Unity began as a prayer movement, and for more than 100 years has held an unending prayer vigil called "Silent Unity." Silent Unity is based at Unity Village, and offers prayer assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by phone, mail or email. Prayer requests are prayed over for 30 days.

Unity also publishes a bi-monthly magazine called "The Daily Word," which has inspirational quotes and articles that can be used for daily prayer or meditation.

Unity Church of Peace is the local Unity affiliate. We offer Sunday services from 10-11 a.m. and a Wednesday evening service from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. There is A Course in Miracles Study Group from noon-1:30 p.m. every Sunday, and Meditation for Inner Harmony every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 pm. In addition, we offer a Reiki Healing Circle from 3-5 p.m. on second Sundays monthly.

The Rev. Dr. Joy Kachel is the spiritual leader of Unity Church of Peace. She is an ordained Universal Life Church minister and has a doctor of ministry degree. She is a Reiki Master and energy healing teacher. Contact her at unitychurchofpeace@live.com at the church at 509-520-1915 or at home at 509-529-1048. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should telephone Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312 or email her at catherinehicks@wwub.com

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