After being told she had only six months to live, a young African-American woman named Johnnie Colemon traveled from Chicago to Unity Village, Missouri, seeking answers. Not only would she discover that perfect health was her birthright—as natural as the air she breathed—she would enroll in seminary, become an ordained Unity minister, and break racial and genders barriers along the way to forge a mega-ministry worthy of her title as “New Thought Pioneer.”
The September/October 2010 issue of Unity Magazine features an important article by Ken Daigle about homosexuality and Scripture. In it, Daigle closely examines key passages that are cited by fundamentalist Christians as evidence that God condemns homosexuals. Daigle concludes that the translations of the Bible’s original passages written in Greek are inconclusive at best; moreover, they have tended to be interpreted according to each translator’s biases and personal or political motives.
Honoring the universal truths in all religions and respecting an individual's right to choose a spiritual path has been one of the core values of the Unity movement since its inception in 1889. Co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore believed that by accepting all people, we would open the doors to a higher level of spiritual consciousness.
Using the Bible as a basic reference tool, Unity embraces its stories of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ metaphysically; that is, Unity explores the universal principles of spiritual law implied in the Bible and how they can be applied in our lives for more abundant and meaningful living.
The nature of God's great creation is one of diversity. Wonderful and mystical variances are found throughout the universe that make for a perfect balance in nature.
I believe homosexuality is a genetic disposition and a perfectly natural expression for a certain percentage of human beings. Homosexuals, as well as heterosexuals, are the way God created them and every person regardless of race, nationality, sexuality or appearance greatly embellishes the beautiful diversity of this world.
Every person's God-given right is to live the life they desire to live, as long as they don't violate the God-given rights of another to do the same or the laws of the society in which they live.
I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is "an abomination to God," about how homosexuality is a "chosen lifestyle," or about how through prayer and "spiritual counseling" homosexual persons can be "cured." Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy.
“The widest possibilities for spiritual growth lie in the give-and-take of everyday relationships.”—Eknath Easwaran
Most of the calls I receive for spiritual coaching involve relationships. People are either experiencing a loss of connection with their goals, dreams, and visions, or they are confused about their purpose and where to go from here.