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Welcome to Unity on the River

Who We Are

Unity on the River Mission Statement

We are a vibrant spiritual community that celebrates the presence in all and awakens humanity to its divinity.

Unity on the River Vision Statement

Centered in love, we joyously co-create a world of oneness, peace, and harmony



Unity on the River began in May 1994 as a prayer and study group.  Reverend Shipley Allinson was called to become a minister, and she had a vision of bringing Unity to her community. From the first small study group in Shipley’s home, the group increased for three more years before deciding to hold services once a month in the basement of a bank. In the spring of 1997, Unity of Greater Newburyport (as it was originally named) moved to the Masonic Temple in Newburyport and held services every other Sunday.

As the congregation grew to over 70 people, Unity of Greater Newburyport relocated to a more permanent space and a new home, located on the Powwow River in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Unity of Greater Newburyport was renamed Unity on the River to honor this new location.  The community grew rapidly and additional space was purchased to accommodate its growth.  Reverend Ogun Holder became the Senior Minister in January 2015.

Today, hundreds of people attend services and other scheduled activities each week at Unity on the River.

The congregation continues to expand and grow, and is now the largest Unity spiritual community in New England.

Core Unity Principles

We support all people in their individual quest to know God and find hope, healing, prosperity, and peace. Our philosophy offers a practical approach to Christianity and helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives.

  1. God is the Source and Creator of all, God is good and everywhere present.
  2. We are spiritual beings, created in God's image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
  3. Our thinking creates our life experiences.
  4. Through the power of affirmative prayer & meditation, we increase our connection to God.
  5. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.

Read about the Unity 12 powers here

More information on Unity beliefs here


Our By-Laws

Our By-Laws, which were most recently updated in February 2022, can be read here


What We Offer

Membership Requirements

We welcome all paths to God and encourage everyone to see membership in Unity on the River.
Requirements for membership are:

-22 hours of class work
     -Foundations of Unity class (10 hrs)
     -Absolute Abundance Class (10 hrs)
     -Unity Membership Class (formerly Unity Basics I&II)-2 hours

-Signed membership Covenant

*Details on the above classes may be found in the calendar section or by contacting the office 978 834 7830. 

Unity on the River is an inclusive spiritual community.  We honor all paths to God and welcome anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race, nationality, orientation, identification or ability.