Welcome to a different kind of church
Where God is within each one of us.
Where Jesus is followed rather than worshipped.
Where following your heart is more important than following creeds
Where all religious traditions are honored.
Where open-minded people welcome anyone seeking growth and truth.
Where your religious background doesn’t matter.
Where the focus is on this life rather than the next.
Where spirituality is more meaningful than religion and is measured by personal growth and a higher capacity to love.
About Unity Church of Greater Rochester
Vision Statement: A world powerfully transformed through the growing movement of shared spiritual awakening.
Mission Statement: Embracing all, we transform our lives using Unity Principles.
We live our Core Values: Love, Gratitude, Creativity and Spiritual Growth
Historical records indicate that there have been Truth students meeting to explore New Thought religious ideas in the greater Rochester area since 1916. In the early days the entity that would eventually become Unity Church of Greater Rochester (UCGR) met in different locations and was known by different names at different times: Unity Church of Truth, Unity Center of Practical Christianity, and Christ Center Unity.
The official records of Unity Worldwide Ministries show an affiliation with the Unity movement in Rochester beginning in 1930, under the guidance of a well-known Unity minister and New Thought author and teacher, Raymond Charles Barker. After a few years Rev. Barker handed on the work to Mrs. Elise Rosenburg, whom UCGR considers as their founding minister. Rev. Rosenburg was eventually ordained by Charles Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity movement.
In June, 1945, Rev. Rosenburg and her followers decided to incorporate as Christ Church Unity so that they could buy property and own their own building. Groundbreaking for the current church building, located in the center of Rochester’s cultural district occurred in July, 1969.
UCGR’s commitment to the Truth as taught by Unity Founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and UCGRs founder, Rev. Rosenburg has remained constant and continues into the 21st century.
UCGRs priorities are:
- Remaining consistent with the basic Unity principles: One Presence and One Power, Our essence is of God; We are co-creators with God; Through prayer and meditation, we align with God; Through thoughts, words, and actions, we live the life we know,
- Providing an environment in which all people may more fully realize their innate divine nature,
- Utilizing more effectively Unity Church’s incredible volunteer pool of talent and good will to achieve its goals,
- Developing the plans and resources with which to carry out long-term capital projects,
- Expanding its mission of reaching a wider audience with Truth principles.
A world powerfully transformed through the growing movement of shared spiritual awakening.
Embracing all, we transform our lives using Unity Principles.
We live our Core Values
Love, Gratitude, Creativity and Spiritual Growth
Unity Rochester Spiritual Center acknowledges that it is located on the ancestral and unceded land of the Seneca (O-non-dowa-gah), known as the “Keeper of the Western Door,” within the Six Nations, the Haudenosaunee (People of the Long House). Read the full document.