page header img faqs

  • Q: What is Unity?

    A: Unity is an internationally known spiritual movement that began in the late 1800s. Unity uses a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer, yet honors the universal truths in all religions. Unity respects each person's right to choose a spiritual path. All are welcome, regardless of your age, ethnicity, religious background, sexual orientation, or lifestyle choices. Those who are searching for a love-focused place of worship that embraces all people and honors all spiritual paths, Unity is just that place.
  • Q: Where are you located?

    A: Our beautiful downtown location is conveniently situated near State St. and across from popular Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden. Noted as a Historical Landmark, our campus features timeless style, modern amenities, and built-in comfort. For more than 60 years, Unity of Santa Barbara has been a warm and welcoming campus.

    Our Address is 227 E Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Our main parking lot is on Valerio St.
  • Q: When are your services?

    A: We offer weekly Sunday Services at 10:00 am PT.
  • Q: Is there a fee to attend a service?

    A: We will never ask our attendees to pay a fee to join one of our services. We do appreciate donations and encourage those who want to become more involved to check out our giving programs.
  • Q: What can I expect when attending a service?

    A: Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a smile by one of our volunteers who will be happy to help you find a seat in our sanctuary or answer any questions. Our service begins with an upbeat and inspiring musical performance by our talented music team, followed by announcements and a welcome message. The service features an inspiring message from our Senior Minister, Rev. Heidi Alfrey, or a guest speaker. Afterward, prayer partners are available to pray with you or discuss your spiritual journey.
  • Q: I have attended a few services and feel so inspired! How do I get more involved?

    A: We’re so glad you are enjoying Unity! We encourage you to first to consider becoming a member, then get involved as a volunteer and attend our classes and workshops. You can also support our community through one of our giving programs.
  • Q: I can’t make it to the service, can I watch online?

    A: Yes! Every Sunday Service is available to watch live online via our website, Facebook or YouTube. Recordings of all of our services are available here (link to Sunday Service Livestream page) and can be viewed from anywhere at any time.
  • Q: What is the difference between Unity and Unitarian?

    A: People new to Unity often confuse it with the Unitarian church. Here's a crash course on the differences:

    • Unitarianism was founded largely on the idea that all knowledge comes through the five senses. We learn and know through reason.
    • Unity insists that human beings can “know” without physical evidence, and particularly, we can know the divine without proof or demonstration.

     

    • Unitarians believe in one God. “Uni” means one. They reject the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    • Unity teaches one power and presence but also utilizes the Trinity. Unity usually switches to a metaphysical trinity of Mind, Idea, Expression or sometimes Spirit, Soul, Body.  As for Father, Son, Holy Spirit – yes, all are divine, but so are everything and everyone else in the universe. It’s all God.

     

    • Unitarians say God is good and benevolent. Just look at the order and harmony in the universe, all for our good. Humans glimpse God through the works of creation.
    • Unity says God is Absolute Good. We live and move and have our being within the energy that is God. We can know intimately our oneness with All That Is.

     

    • Unitarianism exalts human reason and moved the center of authority from the church body to individuals.
    • Unity’s forerunners and founders were almost anti-intellectual. They exhorted us to put down the books, take a break from teachers, and spend time in the silence. Unity seeks direct knowledge of the divine.

     

    • Unitarians reject the idea of Jesus as a savior appeasing an angry God. They see him as a teacher who showed humans how to use their minds, their reason. Jesus is not divine.
    • Unity would say Jesus is divine, and so are you. Jesus was showing what is possible for human beings as expressions of God. He was a great teacher, and the spiritual use of our minds was one of his lessons. But our creative power begins in Spirit.

     

    • Unitarians say all revelation, like the Bible, must be subjected to reason. If something in the Bible doesn’t satisfy your reason, it doesn’t have to be accepted.
    • Unity would say that we read the Bible intuitively rather than analytically. If something doesn’t speak to you, it can be left behind. Or it can be reinterpreted metaphysically, which adds a new layer of meaning to Bible passages that we know cannot be literally true.

     

    • Unitarians might describe God as a clockmaker who set a clock in motion and assigned human beings to keep it oiled and running smoothly. God is not actively participating in the world. (Hence their pursuit of social justice. Solving problems is up to us.)
    • Unity would describe God as a creative force that is always available to us in the universe. Problems won’t be solved permanently until human beings raise their consciousness to a level in greater alignment with the divine.

     

    • Both believe God is good.
    • Both believe humans are good and reject the notion of original sin.
    • Both believe humans can be whatever they want to be and create their own heaven or hell on earth.
    • Both believe in the ability of humans to use their minds creatively, whether through reason or divine power.
  • 1

Affirmation

Unity of Santa Barbara

227 E Arrellaga St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805.966.2239

Join us on Sunday

Sunday Services at 10am