What Is Unity

Unity Santa Barbara

Unity is for people who might call themselves spiritual but not religious. It is for those who sense the depths of their own being and celebrate the awareness of a power greater than themselves.

The teachings in Unity bring together ancient wisdom with new interpretations of what it means to be alive and human. Unity inspires different ways to think about the force of love and intelligence that many people call God. Unity emphasizes the practical, everyday application of spiritual principles to help people live more abundant and meaningful lives.

As a positive path for spiritual living, Unity seeks to apply the teachings of Jesus and many other spiritual masters. Unity affirms the power of prayer and helps people experience a stronger connection with God every day.

Although personal and spiritual growth come from within, most people appreciate learning, friendships, support and companionship along the way. Unity of Santa Barbara is committed to helping you find your way to your own understanding—and experience—of the Divine. We offerSunday celebration services with inspiring music and relevant, practical, uplifting messages.


Unity, Then and Now

Charles and Myrtle Fillmore created Unity almost by accident because they were trying to heal their bodies.


Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, Unity, Unity Teachings, Unity Village

Both had experienced lifelong health issues in an era when medicine was primitive, so doctors had not helped them. As they explored metaphysical methods of healing—that is, beyond the physical—they discovered what were then new discoveries about the power of mind over body.

In years of devoted meditation, they both experienced significant physical healing but also awakened to a spiritual plane where they recognized the innate power in every human being.

They shared their new understanding not through a church, which came later, but through magazines in which they wrote about what they were learning and encouraged others to explore for themselves. Unity Magazine and Daily Word are still published today with global circulation.


Silent Unity, Prayer, Cupola, Unity Village

They also suggested that all their magazine subscribers pray together at a certain time each evening, and they began to answer prayer requests by letter. This quickly grew into a prayer ministry now called Silent Unity®, which responds by letter, phone, email, and text to 1.4 million prayer requests a year.

The Fillmores taught others to share the same messages, and those teachers in turn created new learning circles that now number about 1,000 churches, centers, and study groups around the world.

Through Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, Unity now trains teachers and ordains ministers and also offers classes to interested laypeople, almost entirely online.