Our mission is to nurture and grow a loving, inclusive spiritual community that inspires lives based on the five Unity principles.
Unity of Nashville is a thriving and inspired community of modern spirituality.
Our Core Values
Spirit Led: We turn within to the Christ Spirit for guidance and active communication.
Love: We express unconditional love, an inner quality that sees good everywhere and in everyone.
Inclusivity: We embrace all as expressions of God.
Joy: We live from a positive view of the world and celebrate life.
Abundance: We know that God is our Source and celebrate the unlimited possibilities present in every moment.
Founded in 1916 as a study group, Unity of Nashville has become a healthy, vibrant, growing expression of Spirit, providing:
- Sunday services at 10 a.m.
- A wide range of classes through our online calendar
- Workshops by world-class author/speakers
- Ongoing special-interest group meetings
- Outstanding music and youth programs
- Many opportunities for spiritual, professional and personal growth through service
Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Sundays: 9-11:45 a.m.; Monday through Saturday: Closed
10 a.m. Sunday
What We Believe
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.
Unity offers a new way of thinking, a new way of being. It is a full way of hope, love, peace, abundance, healing and joy. Unity is timeless, boundless and limitless. We believe in a universal God presence of good that lives within each one providing everything needed to live happy, healthy and productive lives.
Unity is where positive-minded people come together!
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.
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 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.
Unity co-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.
Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world.
Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in our life experience. We refer to this as the Law of Mind Action. When we take personal responsibility to choose life affirming thoughts, words and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life.
Unity emphasizes the importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives.
Unity teachings continue to evolve as we identify, embrace and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries.In this touching interview, first aired on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday show, Maya Angelou discusses her experience with her Unity church and the idea in Lessons in Truth, a classic Unity text, that changed her life.
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.
Youth and Family Ministry
Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance.
• Beholds all children as whole and perfect expressions of God
• Empowers children to fulfill their divine potential
• Teaches children to meditate and pray
• Invites children to experience a loving God
Unity provides a strong spiritual foundation for children’s lives.
In Unity, we feel a sacred responsibility, individually and collectively, to make a positive difference through personal example and active service in our churches, our communities and our world.
Honoring Diversity Within The Unity Movement
We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive for our ministries, publications, and programs to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth. 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 Way-Shower, Jesus Christ, 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 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.
Adopted by: Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches, January 23, 1995
Statement for Peace
Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence of God and that God loves each one of us equally. It is therefore the position of Unity to urge all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times and pursue peace, not war, for this is what honors the God of all our faith traditions. Unity stands for peace in our lifetime.
Adopted by: Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches, February 1, 2003
Unity Worldwide Ministries
Vision – Centered in God, we co-create a world that works for all.
Mission – We create and support vibrant, diverse spiritual leaders and communities that foster transformation and inspire people to make a positive difference in our world.
Core Values – are the foundation of the organization and vital for it to be successful; the organization’s ideals; non-negotiable; fundamental for organizational coherence.
Spirit Led – We are centered in God. Spirit leads our thoughts and actions as we co-create a world that works for all.
Integrity – We act from a place of wholeness and are ethical in all our actions. We keep our word.
Diversity – We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. We promote greater understanding among people in a spirit of unity.
Transformation – We are a dynamic movement on the cutting edge of spiritual evolution. We teach universal spiritual principles that change lives.
Abundance – Living in the infinite flow of God’s good, we draw from God’s inexhaustible supply and wisely use our rich resources to serve the world.
Unity Worldwide Ministries PO Box 610 • Lees Summit MO 64063 Off 816.524.7414 • Fax 816.525.4020 • www.unity.org
Unity began as a study group in Nashville in 1916, led by Elizabeth Pierce Sand. The Study Group (which became known as Unity Truth Center) met in various downtown locations including the old Maxwell House and Tulane Hotels.
Various guest speakers were regularly invited to come during the early years. Unity Co-Founder Charles Fillmore was a guest speaker in April 1935 and again in February 1938.
The group was formally organized as a Unity ministry in 1932 and in 1933 selected Elizabeth Sand Turner, daughter of the founder, as their minister. Rev. Turner served as a minister for the next twelve years.
In 1938, the first building purchased ($5,500) was at 1816 Broad Street. They incorporated and the name became Unity Center of Christianity.
In 1965, the Broad Street location was sold and the church acquired property at 1612 Woodmont Boulevard.
The name was changed to First Church Unity in 1960.
This property consisted of a house that was remodeled to accommodate the services. Several years later, a sanctuary was added and the house served as classrooms, bookstore, and Fellowship Hall.
The Rev. Ester Lewis and Frieda Olsen were the primary driving forces behind the continued growth and development of the church through the time frame from 1965 to 1987.
In 1986, the 1612 Woodmont location was sold and the current 5125 Franklin Road location purchased. The congregation had grown to 300+, meeting on Sundays at Hillsboro High School while utilizing the house on the Franklin Road property for office space and small group meetings.
The Barn at the back of the Franklin Road property was originally a barn. It had a dirt floor and three stables. With a generous amount of donated services by the congregation, such as plumbing, carpentry, and electrical – along with much time, effort, energy and funds – the Barn Project was completed and dedicated in June 1988.
In 1988, The Rev. Jimmie Scott was appointed senior minister and given the task of “building the building.” (Our first home to be built from the ground up!) The congregation, still numbering in the 300s – confident in its faith and ability – moved ahead with determination and perseverance and through the selling of faith bonds, one million dollars was raised for construction of the new building.
On September 30, 1990, the new church building was dedicated by Rev. Scott to over 400 cheering congregants in attendance.
Unity of Nashville was under the leadership of Rev. Cherie Larkin from the year 2000 – 2014. During her time with the church we experienced growth and a full commitment to embracing inclusiveness and emphasizing the divine presence of power within each person. Unity of Nashville also enhanced its online presence, sharing audio and video sermons to a broader mass. In 2006, we celebrated 90 years of spiritual service to the community.
The church now has Rev. John M McLean as its Senior Minister, As we move beyond our Centennial year (2016), Unity of Nashville rededicates itself to its mission – to teach the Truth that sets us free.
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More About Unity
For more than a century, Unity has served the world with prayer, publications, and community gatherings. Today, many resources are available online to support you in your spiritual journey. We invite you to explore the following resources and use what best serves you in your own, unique path to wholeness and joy.
A positive, inspiring daily devotional, published bimonthly in print, available 24/7 online at www.dailyword.com.
A wide variety of programs hosted by Unity ministers and leaders around the world. Visit unity.fm any time for enlightening and entertaining online radio.
Unity’s spiritpath retreats unfold on the beautiful and sacred grounds at Unity Village, Missouri.
UNITY WORLDWIDE MINISTRIES
Learn more about the worldwide movement that is changing lives and communities. Visit www.unity.org.
To read frequently asked questions about the Unity Movement, click here.
The Silent Unity prayer ministry was the founding work of Unity. It originated in the heart of co-founder Myrtle Fillmore, who, through her own spiritual awakening, was healed and began to share her ideas and consciousness with others. Visit Silent Unity to learn more and/or to place a prayer request online.
UNITY’S FIND-A-CHURCH DIRECTORY
The directory maintained by Unity Worldwide Ministries can help you locate another Unity church or alternative ministry.
THE UNITY WINGS
The Unity wings symbol appears in many Unity publications and is prominently displayed in many Unity churches all over the world. Its origins are so ancient they are lost in the mist of pre-history.
Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore adopted this artistic creation as a Spiritual symbol as early as 1891 in the first issue of Unity Magazine. In the April 1923 issue Charles gave this explanation of the Unity wings:
“The winged globe or sun disc… represents the relation existing between Spirit, soul and body. Soul (the wings) gives wings to the body (the disc). Spirit is the (invisible) enveloping Principle, like the atmosphere in which both soul and body exist, and from which they draw their original inspiration.”
Mr. Fillmore taught as we build and spread our wings of spiritual awareness, both our soul and body will be lifted up on the invisible wind of Spirit to the fourth dimension which Jesus called the kingdom of heaven. It is the freedom to which we all aspire and sing about in the Unity song, “I AM free, I AM unlimited; there are no chains that bind me!”
~ First Unity Church Newsletter, February and March, 2001; Page 9.