September Outreach - Collecting Pantry Items for IAM and Supporting one of our Y.O.U.'s in his Eagle Scout Project

One of our Youth, is acheiving Eagle Scout status and is the Outreach liaisonfor collecting pantry items for IAM. As the school year has begun, we're helping to keep IAM's pantry ensuring healthy meals and snacks for local families.  Support Landon Barnwell in his Eagle Scout project and support for our greater community!  It's a win-win!

The mission if IAM is to provide emergency relief to Henderson County residents who are in financial crisis by offering food, clothing, funds, guidance and referrals in an atmosphere of compassion and respect.  For the month of September the Pantry focus is:

  • Healthy Snacks
  • Cereal
  • Dry Milk
  • Fruit Juice
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Instant Grits
  • Bread

Please bring items to Unity of The Blue Ridge.  For more information, please contact Rev. Christy at 828-891-8700. 

For more information about IAM (Interfaith Assistance Ministry), Please visit:

Peace Rising - Free Charter Film Festival sponsored by Charter Partner, Films for the Planet:September 9 -24

Free Charter Film Festival sponsored by Charter Partner, Films for the Planet:September 9 -24


Join in a global synchronized stream of the documentary ROOTED in PEACE for FREE on September 21, International Day of Peace. The stream is taking place during the films theatrical release with Landmark Theaters in over 50 U.S. cities on the same day.

Watch five additional films that inspire personal and planetary peace through cross-cultural understanding. These films are great for individuals and communities wishing to move toward an increased global coherence that celebrates connectivity and unifies our hearts through peace and compassion.

Film themes included Music: The Universal Language of Peace, Bridge building through Cross-cultural Understanding, Celebrating the Connectivity of Peace, The “Interbeing” of Peace and Compassion, and Games for Peace.

Start a film conversation in your community! Watch anytime or host a group screening to connect with others and engage in thoughtful discussions and civic actions that add enormous value to our communities and our world.

As a prelude to the Synchronized Global Meditation on 9/24 – join the “Neuroscience of Peace – Tapping into our Hearts’ Intelligence” livestream 9/23 at 9 a.m.PST with Rollin McCraty Ph.D., founder of the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI). and Executive Vice President and Director of Research at HeartMath Institute.

Register here

Learn more about each film.

2018 Parliment of World Religions - Toronto Canada - Early Bird Ends 9-30-17

2018 Parliment of World Religions - Toronto Canada

Parliament of World's Religions 2018 in Toronto

Unity of the Blue Ridge would like to have a group attend the November 2018 gathering in Toronto of the Parliament of the World's Religions. The Parliament was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings. More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions. If we get a group of 10 people by September 30, we can get a discounted rate of $260 tuition per person (regular rate is $495!). If we get at least 5 people, the rate will still only be $270 per person. Let the chuch office know ASAP if you are interested. 

More info at:

January 2018 Work-trip to Nicaragua - Center for Development in Central America

January 2018 Work-trip to Nicaragua

Unity of the Blue Ridge has a long relationship with Jubilee House Community (, a nonprofit working on Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Economic Development, Health Care and Education among the poorest people in Nicaragua. A work-trip is now being organized for January 20-28, 2018, with people from four churches in the Greenville, Asheville and Hendersonville area going to Cuidad Sandino.

The deadline to sign up is October 22, 2017. If you would like more information, please look for the information sheets on the counter outside our Unity Connections Bookstore or contact Rev. Laura, who will be going on the trip.

For more information, please contact Rev. Laura at:


Knitting/Crocheting Hats & More for Area Agency

Unity of The Blue Ridge launches a new Community-Service Outreach program in February, 2017.  Unity is partnering with “Caring for Children” and is furnishing winter knitted hats, for babies, toddlers, teens and young adults.  Baby blankets and scarves for all ages are also being supplied.  

Caring for Children has served WNC for over 40 years.  Caring seeks to nurture hope and create a safe environment for children and families in crises by providing high quality care, shelter, education and emotional and medical treatment.

Unity knits winter hats for:

  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • Teens
  • Young adults
  • Baby blankets + scarfs for all ages provided

Help Unity be a meaningful partner and join our efforts.  No regular meetings are planned.

See Ruth Franz, Cosette Goeble, or Alan Burgess for additional information or call 828-505-0161.