The Association of Global New Thought distinguishes itself from New Thought by declaring that it has a far broader intention than that of the early New Thought movement. The broader agenda includes planetary healing through self-realization. Those in AGNT spread a vision of planetary transformation that is based on the conviction that there are universal spiritual truths which represent the emerging spiritual paradigm for the new millennium. The Association of Global New Thought website provides its own introduction (agnt.org):
Once called the "religion of healthy-mindedness" by the philosopher William James, the New Thought movement was born almost 150 years ago as a revolt against the negative dogmas so prevalent in the churches of that day. The early New Thought movement was driven by the discovery that physical healing was possible through the power of mind and spiritual awareness. As that initial idea unfolded into successful application, practitioners of New Thought began to see that the power of an uplifted consciousness could also bring healing to negative circumstances and conditions in one's personal life. As it evolves today, twenty-first century New Thought is driven by a far broader intention. Planetary healing through self-realization is emerging as the new promise of these teachings.
Another introduction to the AGNT is given on the Wise Earth website:
New Thought is a spiritually motivated way of life that embraces the ancient wisdom traditions of east and west. We embody the belief that consciousness is elementally creative, reciprocates thought, and thereby shapes all manifestation. Our principles reflect a universal conviction that the community of all life is sacred; our practices of meditation and prayer enhance a worldview promoting reverence for, and service to, humanity and planet earth. New Thought is committed to global healing through personal transformation, community-building, interfaith, intercultural, and interdisciplinary understanding, and compassionate activism.
The Association for Global New Thought was co-founded in 1996 to represent the leading edge of the New Thought lineage. Its constituent member churches and centers (700-800 in network) among Unity, Religious Science, and nondenominational New Thought spiritual communities are called forth by a deep commitment to bring the principles and practices of cocreation to a sacred and troubled world.
AGNT’s decade-old programs in spiritually motivated action directly support caring and informed citizens in their emerging role as moral and ethical community leaders. Spiritual activism is a term pioneered by the Association for Global New Thought and like-minded organizations to guide groups and individuals that are spiritually grounded, and who fully understand the need to take trans-category, meta-level action in our communities in order to embody change in this nation and beyond.