Unity teaches that all people are created with sacred worth and that no one exists outside the heart of God. Its basic principles state that God is Good, and because all people exist within God, they also are inherently good.
In expression of its desire for and commitment to inclusiveness, Unity issued this formal Statement of Diversity in 1995:
It is imperative that our ministries and outreaches be free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and support diversity. In our effort to reach out to all people as did our wayshower, Jesus, we support the modification of our facilities to make them accessible to all people, regardless of physical challenges; the translation of our materials into Braille and other languages; and respect for the wonderful variety of human commitments and relationships.
We encourage ministers, teachers and all others within Unity to honor the strength of diversity within their spiritual communities. It is with love and in celebration of our unity, in the midst of our wondrous diversity, that we affirm this position.
Additionally, in 2011, Unity launched an LGBTQIA+ Resource Center on its website to provide spiritual resources geared to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community. The resource center includes articles, podcasts, prayer support and a list of Unity churches and centers around the country. Site resources are provided by teachers, authors and contributors both inside and outside the Unity movement. Please click here to learn more.
LGBTQ Stories of Overcoming Rejection and Religion to Find Truth
With raw, powerful stories from the LGBTQ community—including Unity ministers and others who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning—Worthy is a booklet offering spiritual support from LGBTQ writers who overcame years of rejection to see themselves as dynamic expressions of God. Please click here to learn more and request your copy.
Black Lives Matter
At Unity of Olympia, we believe Black Lives Matter.
The first principle of Unity guides us not only to recognize God’s divine presence in ourselves, but to know that God is all there is. No one and nothing is outside of this infinite presence.
The fifth principle of Unity guides us beyond a simple understanding of spiritual teachings. We must put our prayers into action. Please click here to learn more about how you can take action in support of people of color.
Unity of Olympia is dedicated to the preservation of our history and the recognition of our shared responsibilities within our community.
“We acknowledge that this land and water is the traditional territory of the Steh-Chass people. The Steh-Chass people are of the Squaxin Island Tribe. The surrounding mountains, valleys, shorelines and waterways are imbued with their presence. We recognize our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to this place - their homelands - where we mutually abide.”