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This church is interesting, especially since its teachings seem compatible with the Urantia Book:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unity_Church

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lol sounds to good to be true eh? hey maybe not


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I visited this church and it really is compatible with the Urantia Book. In fact, their bookstore contains secondary books based on the Urantia Book.

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According to Wikipedia, the Unity Church seems to be okay from a TUB perspective.. :) I don't see any obvious incompatibilities. Were the UC founders inspired by The Urantia Book, or is it (just) a mixture of Hinduism/Buddhism and Christianity?


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The church came before the Urantia Book.

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Ah, I see.. :) The Unity Church is a major religious denomination within the New Thought movement. I’m not so sure about New Thought though. For my taste, there seems to be too much general emphasis on spiritual healing of (physical) sickness through (divine) thought..
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New Thought promotes the ideas that "Infinite Intelligence" or "God" is ubiquitous, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect.
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The earliest identifiable proponent of what came to be known as New Thought was Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802–66), an American philosopher, mesmerist, healer, and inventor. Quimby developed a belief system that included the tenet that illness originated in the mind as a consequence of erroneous beliefs and that a mind open to God's wisdom could overcome any illness.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Thought)
Nevertheless, the religious philosophy of the Unity Church seems largely compatible with The Urantia Book..
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God is understood as spiritual energy which is everywhere present and is available to all people. In the Unity view, God is not a being in the sky who is capable of anger. The presence of God only seeks to express the highest good through everyone and everything. According to Unity founder Charles Fillmore, God is spirit, the loving source of everything. God is one power, all good, wisdom, everywhere present. God is Divine Energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God we live and move and have our being.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unity_Church)
And TUB (also) speaks of Unity and (even) of divine indwelling Thought Adjusters..
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101:1.3 The divine spirit makes contact with mortal man, not by feelings or emotions, but in the realm of the highest and most spiritualized thinking. It is your thoughts, not your feelings, that lead you Godward. The divine nature may be perceived only with the eyes of the mind. But the mind that really discerns God, hears the indwelling Adjuster, is the pure mind. “Without holiness no man may see the Lord.” All such inner and spiritual communion is termed spiritual insight. Such religious experiences result from the impress made upon the mind of man by the combined operations of the Adjuster and the Spirit of Truth as they function amid and upon the ideas, ideals, insights, and spirit strivings of the evolving sons of God.

101:1.5 While religion is not the product of the rationalistic speculations of a material cosmology, it is, nonetheless, the creation of a wholly rational insight which originates in man’s mind-experience. Religion is born neither of mystic meditations nor of isolated contemplations, albeit it is ever more or less mysterious and always indefinable and inexplicable in terms of purely intellectual reason and philosophic logic. The germs of true religion originate in the domain of man’s moral consciousness, and they are revealed in the growth of man’s spiritual insight, that faculty of human personality which accrues as a consequence of the presence of the God-revealing Thought Adjuster in the God-hungry mortal mind.

111:2.1 Throughout the mind functions of cosmic intelligence, the totality of mind is dominant over the parts of intellectual function. Mind, in its essence, is functional unity; therefore does mind never fail to manifest this constitutive unity, even when hampered and hindered by the unwise actions and choices of a misguided self. And this unity of mind invariably seeks for spirit co-ordination on all levels of its association with selves of will dignity and ascension prerogatives.


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Just a quick reply,

Bart's post about the beginnings of the Unity philosophy are pretty much what my local Unity Church is all about. I was not able to find any UB readers there, even though I went for a few years.

However, it does depend on the leader of the local church. I was talking with (via email) another UB reader in another neighboring city that seems to have a few UB readers in the congregation. I suppose that Yoder777 seems to have found a UB friendly Unity.

I stopped going to my local Unity because of an over emphasis on healing, to the point that human discomfort/tribulation were written off or negatively cast as a lack of spiritual power. My local Unity church was nearly obsessed with what I would call "manifesting abundance" almost to the ostracism of that life experience we call--pain and or suffering.

On a more positive note and in high hopes for Yoder777, I would love to see more UB friendly Unity Churches out there because I believe that Unity could be a great place for face to face UB fellowship.....with that said, if there is a "church" that would be UB like, I think Unity comes the closest.

Also, I am not concerned about the future of the "brotherhood of mankind" as spoken of in the UB becoming tainted by a church either. Besides the UB specifically states that such a true brotherhood will one day come about based on the life and teachings of Jesus. So, no worries.


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my wife and i went to unity church today and she really liked it. they had a urantia book in their bookstore.

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World HQ is just down the road from me. A beautiful campus. Many UBers attend local congregations and each is unique in flavor as suggested. Been many times myself and they often do allow use of chapel or classrooms for many diverse causes. Nice people, many Christian new agers with open minds and kind souls. A good choice compared to most. No anger or hate. From their website for comparison to the UB, note the version of heaven and hell - they could use more UB influence in their open minds and hearts for we offer so much to look forward to.


God
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.
The Nature of Humankind
We are each individual, eternal expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine and therefore inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as realized and demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.
Our Teachings
Heaven is not a place, but a state of consciousness; we create our own heaven and hell here and now.
We all have an innate capacity to know God through direct experience.
The “Christ” is that part of God that is in every person. There is a spark of divinity within all people, just as there was in Jesus.
Prayer works.
We are here to set a positive example and be a role model for others.
We are here to make the world a better place.
Jesus
We believe that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher of universal truths and as our Way Shower. In Unity, we use the term Christ to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
The Bible
Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore studied the Bible as history and allegory and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflecting the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
Prayer and Meditation
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive, negative thoughts, as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.


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I would prefer using the term New Thought for Unity since, like the Urantia Book, it came before what most people would call the new age movement.

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