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About UMB

About Unity & UMB

While there is no dogma or creedal commitment in Unity, our basic principles can be summarized as follows: We Believe…

  • In One Presence and One Power in the Universe, God the Good — Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience
  • In our Oneness with the living, dynamic Presence of God — the Christ Spirit indwelling every individual — all races, all cultures, all religions, all sexual orientations — all of God's children.
  • In the formative power of thought — we co-create our life experience with every thought, word, and action.
  • In practicing the Presence of God through prayer, meditation, affirmations, denials, and the tithing of time, talent and treasure.
  • In demonstrating, through practical application, these powerful, positive Truth principles in our everyday lives.

An easy way to remember these five principles is to think of each of them as a brief affirmation, so that you find yourself committing to the following:

  • God Is
  • I AM
  • I Think
  • I Pray
  • I Do

Unity of Monterey Bay is affiliated with Unity® and Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM – described below), as well as the Independent Alliance of Ministers in Unity (IAMU). We are also affiliates of and aligned with with the core principles of The Center for Progressive Christianity.  Unity is a not-for-profit organization based on the teachings of Jesus and the healing power of prayer, as discerned and taught by Charles & Myrtle Fillmore. The world headquarters at Unity Village, Missouri, provides prayer, publishing, education, and retreat ministries focused on positive, spiritual messages of hope, healing, prosperity, and peace. (Publisher of Daily Word, and home of Silent Unity, the 24 hour prayer service) Unity Worldwide Ministries is made up of Unity churches and individuals worldwide. At the home office, in Lee's Summit, Missouri, we serve Unity churches and members, providing products and programs to help individuals develop spiritually; leaders gain skills at all levels; and churches thrive. The Center for Progressive Christianity offers an approach to Christianity that is inclusive, innovative and informed.


You can learn more about our beliefs, as well as order books and additional information, by visiting these sites:

  Unity Worldwide Headquarters Site
  Unity Worldwide Ministries
  Association for Global New Thought


Unity of Monterey Bay (UMB) is an inclusive and affirming spiritual community that welcomes all people (all races, cultures, religions, sexual orientations) and honors the God of each of our understanding. While part of a Christian heritage, UMB recognizes all paths to the sacred and seeks to inform our own spiritual journey with the sacred insights and perspectives of other traditions. PURPOSE:  “Living & demonstrating Unity Truth Principles, we are Accepting, Inclusive, Loving, Vibrant, Prosperous & in Service to the world. VISION: Living our purpose, we realize God's plan for Unity of Monterey Bay and co-create a vibrant, loving and inclusive spiritual community that:

  • Creates a welcoming, inclusive, affirming, inspiring weekly worship service that invites a deepening relationship with God and a realization of our innate spiritual nature;
  • Presents diverse opportunities for spiritual development and practice of positive Truth principles;
  • Facilitates opportunities for heartfelt service to community, world and God in our daily lives;
  • Promotes understanding of and respect for the diverse spiritual practices of the world;
  • Demonstrates principles of spiritual abundance and responsible stewardship to fulfill and sustain our divine purpose.

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If you have a question about our church, about Unity and what it teaches, or if you just want to get in touch with Rev. Vicky Elder, please feel free to fill out this form and send it. Only she will read this mail and she will try to respond typically within 24-48 hours.

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