Centered in Spirit, we co-create a world of love, harmony, peace and abundance.
Unity of Oak Park is a vibrant spiritual community creating a loving world through prayer, meditation, education and service.
Affiliated with Unity Institute and Seminary, Unity Village, MO | Member of The Association of Unity Churches
Please join us for our Sunday Service in the Sanctuary at: 10:00 a.m. Childcare available for children under 3 in the Nursery (located upstairs) Youth Education for children and teens 3-18years in the Youth Ed Room (located downstairs)
405 N. Euclid Avenue
Oak Park IL 60302
5 Basic Principles
- God is absolute good, everywhere present.
- Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Their very essence is of God and therefore they are inherently good.
- Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
- Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.
- Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, is not enough. A person must also live the Truth that he knows.
Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner
Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner joins Unity of Oak Park as our Senior Minister in July 2019. Jesse holds a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Religion and has previously taught as a professor at the seminary level. He is dedicated to making meaningful spiritual connections between Christianity and contemporary culture. He spends his time reading, writing, teaching, and preaching about God’s love and Christ-following spirituality in today’s world, advocating for justice and equality in world that works for all. Jesse is dedicated to serving others through a ministry of presence, dialogue, and prayer. He’s also a musician who plays upright and electric bass, guitar, mandolin, and many styles of music. Read more about Rev. Tanner.
New to 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.