Rev. Heidi Alfrey, the minister of Unity of Ventura, is transformational leader, speaker and teacher of authentic spiritual living. Her journey with Unity started 35 years ago, originally introduced to her through the 12-step program.
She served in Unity ministries in Ft Lauderdale, Maui, Kansas City, Chicago and Santa Barbara. She was ordained with Unity in 2011 and holds a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Heidi’s philosophy is that we are all “diamonds in the rough”. As Michelangelo taught, one just needs to “chip off” what is not part of the masterpiece that is you.
Rev. Heidi’s passion is co-creating spiritual communities in which people find their tribe, follow their passion, live their faith, connect with their inner divinity and manifest a world that works for all.
What is 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.
We provide a loving and accepting environment that inspires personal and spiritual growth through the practice of Unity principles in our daily lives.
What Happens at Unity of Ventura
- Lives are transformed
- Minds are awakened
- Hearts are healed
- Hopes are nurtured
- Relationships are born
- Marriages are strengthened
- Children are cherished
- Families are supported
- Dreams are manifested
- Truth is remembered
- Love is an abiding presence
- And God is honored in every living being.