Sunday Services

We currently have one service each Sunday at 11:00 am. When attendance increases we will return to our regular schedule of two services each Sunday.

We strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while at URV, regardless of their vaccination status. As we move indoors for winter, we all need to be more aware and cautious. We encourage everyone to follow social distancing guidelines. If you have any acute respiratory symptoms or other signs of being sick, we ask that you stay home, take care of yourself, and watch the YouTube service.

Our YFM program is back in action! Bring your children with you on Sunday – they will enjoy the expanded program under our new director, Dawn Rees-Blakeman.


If I can just Touch the Hem of His Garment

This Sunday, at the November 7th, 11:00 am in-person service and at the YouTube service, we will look at the famous story of the woman who said, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I know I will be healed.“

Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will dip into his Jewish roots to provide background and insights that you may not have realized. “This Jewish woman who was suffering from internal bleeding was doing something very profound In terms of traditional Judaism. There are metaphysical ways that we can do the same thing and be healed,” Rev. Rick notes.

The Book of Joy and Dealing With Hungry Ghosts

This year, Halloween falls on a Sunday, and our October 31st, 11:00 am in-person service and YouTube service will be filled with ghosts and goblins!

But most importantly, we will look at ways to deal with the “Hungry Ghosts” (a Buddhist concept) that may still be lurking near us. “The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in their Book of Joy, explain powerful practices for getting rid of these demons,” Rev. Dr. Rick Belous notes.

The Book of Joy: Pillars of the Heart!

At the Sunday, October 24th, 11:00 am in-person service and YouTube service we will look at the Pillars of the Heart as outlined by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in their Book of Joy.

“These pillars include forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity. With these pillars we can sustain real joy even in difficult situations,” Rev. Dr. Rick Belous notes

A Harmonic Convergence at this Sunday’s service!

There will indeed be a harmonic convergence at both the Sunday, October 17th, 11:00 am service and the YouTube service! These services will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Unity Of Roanoke Valley and The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Former Unity Of Roanoke Valley ministers – including Revs. Linda Taylor, Ginny Roll, and Diane Scribner Clevenger (by video) – will join Rev. Dr. Rick Belous in this joyous celebration. Join us for a very special service on this very special Sunday!

The Book of Joy: Living in an Attitude of Gratitude!

In their book “The Book of Joy,” the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu make some powerful suggestions concerning how we can have “the peace that passes all understanding.”

“At the October 10th in-person service and YouTube service, we will explore their Eight Pillars of Joy, and a key pillar is learning how to have an attitude of gratitude,” Rev. Dr. Rick Belous notes.

The Book of Joy: Moving from the Negative to the Positive!

At the Sunday, October 3rd, 11:00 am in-person service and YouTube service, we will continue our exploration of “The Book of Joy” by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“The Dalai Lama and Archbishop show us that a key ingredient in experiencing this Joy is the ability to move from the negative to the positive. This is more likely to happen when we are able to develop pauses between negative experiences and our responses. A number of years ago Coca-Cola ran an ad campaign with the slogan ‘the pause that refreshes.’ “The Book of Joy” shows us how to have ‘the pause that spiritually enlightens,’” Rev. Dr. Rick Belous comments.

The Book of Joy: What is Draining Your Battery?

At the Sunday, September 26th, 11:00 am in-person service and YouTube service, we will continue exploring “The Book of Joy” by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“This time we will look at what is draining your metaphysical battery of the joy it was created to hold. The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu suggest many powerful ways we can overcome the obstacles to our joy,“ Rev. Dr. Rick Belous notes.

The Book of Joy: It Is Well With My Soul

On Sunday, September 19th, at the 11:00 am in-person service and YouTube service, we will start a six-week exploration of “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Spirit Circles begin this week, meeting in people’s homes, at URV, and online. Each circle will study the great insights on Joy expressed in this wonderful book.

“The Dalai Lama and Archbishop show us how we can have this joy despite what is going on in the outside world. It is such a timely book for what we are going through right now,” Rev. Dr. Rick Belous notes.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

At the Sunday, September 12th, 11:00 am service and YouTube service, we will look at a central part of all of the world’s great spiritual paths: Neighbor Helping Neighbor.

“Unity is very strong in many aspects of spirituality. But traditionally Neighbor Helping Neighbor has not been one of our strongest areas. This is changing,” Rev. Dr. Rick Belous notes.

“Unity Worldwide Ministries and many Unity churches are really helping to build ‘a world that works for all,’” he adds.

Using Archimedes’ Lever To Change Our Thinking

A key saying in New Thought is: “Change your thinking, and you change your life.”

“But how do we change our thinking, and isn’t that an impossible task?” many ask.

“Changing our thinking is not a difficult task if we use Archimedes’ lever. Join us as we explore how to change our thinking at the Sunday, September 5th, 11:00 am service and YouTube service,” Rev. Dr. Rick Belous notes.

Archimedes was one of the leading mathematicians and scientists in the ancient world. He said, “Give me a firm place to stand, and I can move the world.” This principle still works today!