A: While I understand the paradox of two organizations in a movement called "Unity', they exist independently and are governed very differently. Unity Worldwide Ministries (formerly Association of Unity Churches International) is a membership based organization and Unity World Headquarters has a governing board that makes decisions independently. These are two sister organizations with different areas of focus and missions. Unity Worldwide Ministries serves churches, ministries, and ministers in the Unity movement. Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village focus on prayer, publishing and spiritual education (Silent Unity, Daily Word and Unity Institute & Seminary).
The education and credentialing of Unity ministers is just one example of why it's important at this time to have two organizations. It's a recognized best practice to have the ordaining and credentialing organization be separate from the educating organization for accountability, oversight, and eliminating conflict of interest. Over the past several years there has also been much collaboration between the two organizations, like coming together for a single online presence at www.unity.org