Unity is a powerful virtue and it brings great strength. Unity is inclusiveness. It brings people together. We see our commonality without devaluing our differences. We experience our connectedness with all people and all life. Unity frees us from the divisiveness of prejudice and heals our fears. We refuse to engage in conflict, seeking peace in all circumstances. Unity comes when we value every person in our family or in our world. The joy of one is the joy of all. The hurt of one is the hurt of all. The honor of one is the honor of all.
In Family Life
Unity within a family is exemplified by a seamless cohesion of members forged through mutual respect, open communication, and shared goals. It manifests in the willingness to support each other’s endeavors, celebrate achievements, and weather challenges as a united front.
This unity is demonstrated in the genuine concern for one another’s well-being, the ability to resolve conflicts constructively, and the cultivation of a nurturing environment where each member’s uniqueness is embraced while fostering a sense of belonging to a larger whole.
Ultimately, the virtue of Unity in a family is about fostering an unbreakable bond that stands firm in the face of adversity and collectively celebrates life’s joys.
“We know that we are the ones who are divided and we are the ones who must come back together to walk in the Sacred Way.”
— Ojibway Prayer, One World Book of Prayer, P. 152
The Practice of Unity
- I am a lover of humanity.
- I seek common ground.
- I appreciate differences.
- I resolve conflict peacefully.
- I honor the value of each individual.
- I am a unifier.