How to Turn Mud into Lotus Blossoms


Do you have mud and gunk in your life that you would like to turn into beautiful lotus blossoms? 
At the Sunday, September 20th Service, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will explain several practices of the great Zen Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, that do just that.
Based Thich Nhat Hanh’s great book, No Mud, No Lotus, Rev. Rick will detail a way out of suffering that has worked for this Zen monk and thousands of others.

No Mud, No Lotus

NO MUD, NO LOTUS

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the world’s leading teachers of Zen Buddhism . At the Sunday, September 13th service, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will start a new three-part series devoted to Thich Nhat Hanh’s book No Mud, No Lotus.
This Zen Buddhist monk has shown us a way of dealing with our grief and challenges and turning them into real opportunities for spiritual growth.

Power of Prayer

Power of Prayer

Happy Labor Day!
This week my message centers on the importance and power of prayer. I talk about how important affirmative prayer was to me after my wife died of cancer three-and-a-half years ago. I also make suggestions about how we can renew our prayer lives.
All of this ties into Unity’s World Day of Prayer, which will start this Wednesday, September 9th. You can join people from around the world online and watch wonderful online events from Unity Village (which is Unity’s world headquarters) by going to unity.org/wdop
Let Unity’s World Day of Prayer help recharge your prayer life batteries.

The Snowball of Fear

Snowball of Fear

At the August 30, 2020, Sunday Service, Unity Of Roanoke Valley will be a “Winter Wonderland.” 

Yes, you read that paragraph correctly! It will be Winter in August, and a great way to beat the heat. Rev. Dr. Rick Belous is talk about “The Snowball of Fear” and how we can deal with the corrosive impact of fear which often blocks us.

Sunday Service on August 23

Buddhist scriptures tell the story of a man who spat in the Buddha’s face. At the August 23 Sunday service, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will talk about what we can learn from how the Buddha handled this situation.

“In this year where we have seen a lot of anger, it is interesting to view how Buddha not only dealt with this angry man, but how he also responded to his angry monks. This incident happened about 500 years before Jesus was born, but it sounds like something from a modern news cycle,” Rev. Rick notes.

To attend this video service, click here.

Sunday Service, August 16, 2020

At the Sunday, August 16, service, we will be looking at sea horses and real peace. Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will be talking about a diver who found his connection to God underwater through sea horses. 

“There is a great deal to learn from this diver’s adventures- and misadventures. His bond with sea horses was a ‘pure activity.’ It is good to examine if we have such ‘pure activities’ in our life,” Rev. Rick says.

To attend this YouTube service, click here.

Sunday Service, August 9, 2020

Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will be formally installed as Unity of Roanoke Valley’s senior minister this Sunday at the August 9th service. Rev. Russell Heiland, senior minister, of Unity of Fairfax, Virginia will lead the installation. Then Rev. Russ will lead the meditation and give the message.

Rev. Russ will be speaking about: “How Can What Is Before Us, Be For Us?”  

“Rev. Russ was my minister when Unity of Fairfax was my old home church. He is a fantastic speaker, and I believe his message is just what we need to hear during these challenging times.  He has been a great mentor to me,” Rev. Rick notes.

To attend this Service via Your Tube, click here.

Sunday Service, August 2, 2020

TURN YOUR RADIO ON! There is a famous old gospel song that goes, “Turn your radio on!” Sometimes this can be hard in the age of the internet. What can we do when it appears that our Higher Power isn’t sending us any signals?

At the August 2nd service, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will be talking about what we can do if, at times, our prayers and meditations have gone dusty, musty, and rusty. “There are ways we can turn our radio on and hear that ‘still, small voice,’” he adds.

To attend this service via YouTube, click here.

Sunday Service, July 26, 2020

Unity’s first basic principle talks about “God the good.” We are now experiencing a pandemic that has killed thousands and impacted millions in the areas of health, economic wellbeing, and peace of mind. It is reasonable to ask: “Where Is God In This Pandemic?”


Rev. Dr. Rick Belous deals with this question. “Why do bad things happen to good people? This issue has come front and center during COVID-19,” Rev. Rick notes. He explores Unity’s key answers to this age-old question during his message. “There are positive ways to get through this crisis and thrive,” he adds.

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