First, we would like to say Welcome to Unity! We have put together a list of visitors’ frequently asked questions. We hope it gives you a better idea of what to expect during your visit with us.
What time is your service, and how long does it last?
Adult Classes (Sunday School) meet 9:30-10:30 a.m. Our Celebration and Meditation Service at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary usually ends around 12:15 p.m. You may want to allow some time after service to have refreshments in our Social Hall so we can get to know each other.
Is there child care or Sunday School?
Our Unikid Leaders serve ages 6 through 12. The Unikids meet in our Social Hall. Younger children up through age 5 are in our Nursery. Learn more. Children join the Celebration Service to receive their blessing, the singing of the Peace Song and Prayer for Protection.
Where do I park?
We have ample parking on the LeGrand Road side and to the rear of our building. We also have reserved spaces close to the entrance for those with disabilities. You may choose to drop off anyone needing assistance at our front entrance, and we will gladly assist you.
How should I dress?
We have no dress code; casual attire is totally acceptable. Wear clothing that you would wear when socializing with friends.
What is your service like?
On a typical Sunday, there are refreshments (coffee, tea) available in the Social Hall following the Celebration service. Our Sunday Celebration Service is uplifting, with prayer, meditation, joyful music, traditional hymns and New Thought musical selections.
What is a Love Offering?
At Unity, our activities are supported by voluntary offerings, which we refer to as a “Love Offering.” Whether or not you choose to give, and in what amount, is entirely your choice.
How do I get to Unity of Columbia?
We are in the northeast section of Columbia, SC, off I-20 or I-77 at the Two Notch Road exit. Turn north on Two Notch to the intersection of Two Notch and Grampian Hill Road. The Holiday Inn and Suites is on the corner of Two Notch and Grampian Hill Road. Turn onto Grampian Hill Road and follow Grampian Hill as it curves around behind the Holiday Inn and intersects with LeGrand Road. Turn right on LeGrand Road. Follow LeGrand to the intersection of LeGrand and Edgewater. Unity of Columbia is at this intersection. Map & directions
What if I have additional questions?
If you would like more information, please call the church office at 803-736-5766. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or you may contact us online.
What is Unity?
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.
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.
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.