Unity of The Blue Ridge Church
Mills River
North Carolina

United States

Who we are

Statement of Peace

Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence of God and that God loves each one of us equally. It is therefore the position of Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity Institute to urge all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times and pursue peace, not war, for this is what honors the God of all our faith traditions.

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Unity of The Blue Ridge
2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road
Mills River, NC 28759
United States
Phone: 828-891-8700
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Church Pastor

Rev. Darlene Strickland
Senior Minister
2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road
Mills River, NC 28759
United States
Phone: 828-891-8700
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Quote of the Day
Matthew 22:37

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.



We are affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries, Silent Unity, and Daily Word magazine, headquartered in Lees Summit, MO.   Edit


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Rev. Darlene Strickland   Edit
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Rev. Darlene Strickland is a spiritual visionary and mystic for our time. She is the Senior Minister at Unity of The Blue Ridge and visionary behind the “Our Love Is Power” movement, pledge and Spiritual Summit.

She is described as an “Engaging, humorous, inspired speaker and teacher who creatively weaves deep spiritual insights with real life stories that lead to transformation”. She is a gifted singer/songwriter with a passion for helping others access the God Presence within and attune to the rhythm of their soul.

Raised in eastern North Carolina, Darlene became uncomfortably aware of racial injustice and religious intolerance at an early age. “I was white in the rural South and I was part of the ‘right’ religious affiliation. So, I was told. But, my heart did not notice color and my soul knew only One Source.”

Darlene has a palpable, unwavering spiritual connection and belief that all people are sacred – born as an original blessing - and that many paths lead to God, which dwells within all creation.

“All our problems stem from a belief in separateness. Existing as separate and apart from our Creator… separate and detached from each other… separate and disconnected from nature and the very earth we walk upon. The foundational problems of our society exist in this consciousness of fear and separation and will continue to persist until there is a shift at that level.

My goal is to help create a critical mass that will bridge the gap of perceived separation. As we relate to ourselves with compassion and wholeness, it becomes natural to relate to others in the same way.

Compassion is a natural outpouring of wholeness and oneness. Compassion has tremendous energy and momentum - it moves mountains and it moves us into common caring and inspired action.”

Darlene became an Ordained Unity Minister in 2004 and previously served ministries in Kansas, Hawaii and Washington State. Prior to seminary, she served as the Music Director at Unity of the Triangle in Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to church ministry, Darlene was a Senior Executive in the children’s toy industry, working with BRIO Toys and TY Inc. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and is a Seminary graduate of Unity Institute.   Edit

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Other Church Leaders:
Rev. Laura Collins - Associate Minister of Prayer & Community Care

Rev. Christy Corna - Associate Minister of Church Administration

Rev. Andy Carlson - Associate Minister of Community Connections

Rev. Morgan J. Barclay – Minister in Support Services

Rev. Jane Nelson - MCC Minister in Residence

Rev. DeBorah Ogiste - Support Minister for Diversity Enrichment   Edit

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2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road
Mills River, NC
28759   Edit

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Unity of The Blue Ridge Church Service Times

Sunday Services at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m.

Youth Program - 9:45 a.m. Service

Nursery Care at both.

Live Streaming - 11:30 a.m.

Service Times last updated on the 12th of May, 2019   Edit

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History of Unity of The Blue Ridge Mills River NC

What is Unity?

Spiritual seekers often say that finding Unity is like coming home. Unity is an open-minded, accepting spiritual community that honors all paths to God and helps people discover and live their spiritual potential and purpose.

A positive alternative to negative religion, Unity seeks to apply the teachings of Jesus as well as other spiritual masters. Unity affirms the power of prayer and helps people experience a stronger connection with God every day.

The Unity movement was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889 as a healing ministry based on the power of prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our own reality. The Fillmores regarded Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception; interpreted the Bible metaphysically; and taught that God is present within all of us.   Edit

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The power of Christian prayer "We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another".
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