Souper Bowl of Caring - Local Community Outreach - Continuing through Sunday, February 18th

The Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990 when Rev Brad Smith of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC prayed: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat." 

Today faith communities, non-profits, and individuals across the United States collect canned goods and money on Super Bowl Sunday to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities.  

As part of Community Outreach, Unity of The Blue Ridge is holding a Souper Bowl of Caring collection. Simply bring cans of soup, $1 bills, and canned food donations to the church between now and Sunday, February 4 to participate. 100% of this collection will go to help those in need through Interfaith Assistance Ministries in Henderson County.


For more information, please contact Rev. Jane Nelson at:

2018 Parliment of World Religions - Toronto Canada - Group Registration Ends 2-18-18

2018 Parliment of World Religions - Toronto Canada

If interested, please let us at Unity know

by Sunday, February, 18th!

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 5 or 10 people, we can get a discounted rate per person.  If interested, please contact Rev. Laura Collins at: 

More info at:

Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska - "Meeting The Other; Can We Talk?" - March 1 - 4, 2018

About Us

The Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation. Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace.

Meeting the Other: Can We Talk?

We are living in a culture of increasing polarization that borders on chaos.

Our society is divided culturally, politically, economically, and racially. Educational level, sexual identity, geographical region, ethnicity, race, and class have divided our nation.

As a result of these growing divisions within our society, we are not listening to one another.

We are gravitating toward conversation only with those with whom we agree on issues. We have barricaded our communities of faith and failed to reach out to our brothers and sisters of the three Abrahamic faiths, much less other faiths or those who advocate no religious belief.

Can we talk/listen to one another?

At the Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska we will demonstrate the art of building bridges of godly love, and participation in holy conversation. We can agree to disagree with civility and respect while upholding the core values of our various traditions.

For more information, or to register, please visit:



Knitting/Crocheting Hats & More for Area Agency

Unity of The Blue Ridge launches a new Community-Service Outreach program.  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.

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary

NC's 1st Conservation Burial Ground

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is committed to perpetual conservation of the environment as each burial becomes part of the living landscape. 

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary appreciates the support of Unity of The Blue Ridge, and wants to make sure that those who are interested in a spot at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, take advantage of the special Unity discount before it expires. Contact Us soon to schedule a tour or to pick your spots. 

Save 5% until March 1st

Save 3% from March 2nd – June 1st

Discount ends June 2nd

To learn more, please visit: