Vision & Values
Unity honors the Truth in all spiritual paths and celebrates the Divinity within each person, regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
In Unity we teach that all people are created with sacred worth and that no one exists outside the heart of God. Our basic principles state that God is Good, and because all people exist within God, they also are inherently good. The following is Unity’s position on diversity:
“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, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Our sincere desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and support diversity. In our effort to reach out to all people, we support the modification of our facilities to make them accessible to all people, regardless of physical challenges. 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.”
In 2011, the Unity movement launched an LGBT Resource Center on its website, www.unity.org/lgbt, 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 centers around the country. Site resources are provided by teachers, authors and contributors both inside and outside the Unity movement. The Unity movement accepts and welcomes LGBT ministers, licensed Unity teachers, and ministerial and licensed Unity teacher candidates.
Locally, Unity of Charlottesville welcomes the LGBT community and supports same sex marriages, which our co-ministers, Reverend Patricia Gulino Lansky and Reverend Don Lansky are happy to officiate. For more information on holding your wedding ceremony at UOC, see Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies, contact Unity’s Rental Manager at (434) 978-1062, ext. 106 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.