While “late New Thought” characteristically leans heavily on Abrahamic Thought, or in some cases Vedic Thought, New Thought 3.1 includes New Thought paths which rely on Goddess Centered Spirituality, Buddhism, Taoism,as well as Indigenous Teachings from around the world.
These thought streams serve as primary foundations for a number of New Thought Forms while remaining inclusive regarding wisdom which aligns with the UDHR. There is even a form of New Thought known as Mental Science which is the preferred vehicle for atheists.
One of the reasons that some New Thought Denominations have experienced a decline in attendance is due to a failure to recognize the full spectrum of New Thought, another is timidity when it comes to embracing higher truth.
While today New Thought denominations and leaders overwhelmingly embrace the LGBT community, most leaders stayed on the sidelines when the struggle was most challenging. This was not the first time. While our research revealed that Unitarian ministers marched and fought in the 1960’s for Civil Rights, we did not find demonstrations of the same with regard to New Thought ministers. In fact, when one examines the history of the Universal Foundation for Better Living (UFBL), the reader will find that one reason Johnnie Coleman founded this wonderful New Thought denomination was due to her experience at Unity Village.
Readers should note that since 911, a number of New Thought Institutes have been stating that they teach forms of Christian Philosophy in order to fall within the Islamist definition of what constitutes a “people of the book.” Not only are these claims tenuous and regarded as spurious by fundamentalist adherents to various forms of Abrahamism, we recognize such contentions as fear-based thinking.
It is important that all adherents to New Thought understand that Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”