Unity, by our very name and legacy from Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, expresses a “nature” of wholeness. Our individual and collective path as ministers and ministries is naturally acknowledging union with One God, One Presence. We welcome worshipers of all religious paths to our teaching and “positive path for spiritual living.” Unity honors inclusivity—everyone is welcome!
We honor other faith traditions and express a unifying field of consciousness for religious diversity first, by increasing our own awareness within—and then, through actions inspired by our consciously awakened nature. Our wisdom comes through “walking our talk.” Many of you are living interfaith through interfaith dialogue and meals, from classes given by those in the different faiths, and through interfaith worship experiences.
To fully embrace interfaith into our Unity experience, and release the preconceived ideas within hearts and minds—yes, and subconscious beliefs—takes our willingness to step out of our comfort zone. Many cities and communities have “ecumenical” Christian groups. Interfaith goes beyond that to include Buddhists, Jains, Scientologists, Muslims, Jews, Mormons, Native Americans, Unification, etc. All the familiar and unfamiliar faith traditions have gifts to share with us.
Someone in my interfaith community asked me if there was such a thing as a Unity fundamentalist; to them it seemed an oxymoron. Regretfully, when we become fixated on ours as the path that is best, we too become fundamentalists. We limit our interactions by only mingling with “our own.” My late Mormon friend, Darl Anderson, said, “Don’t tell me what you believe. Share with me how your faith moves you and transforms your life.”
Our interfaith “nature” in Unity makes us natural leaders in bringing diverse religious groups together. Charles and Myrtle studied and shared diverse teachings, even participating in the Parliament of World Religions in 1893. Unity has continued a presence at the Parliament in 1993, 1999, 2004 and 2009. We share who we are, learn from the myriad of faiths, and meet the leaders who make a difference in their communities.
You and your ministries are creating dynamic interfaith events, and the opportunities are as infinite as the creativity of the Universe! Service activities—building Habitat for Humanity homes with other faith groups, interfaith children’s choirs, and interfaith work at food banks—teach us that we are one humanity.
Our interfaith activities are moving us beyond “tolerance” to a world of acceptance, love and appreciation. That’s Unity—not homogenizing, but celebrating our unique and wonderful diversity within our unity.