Our Mission

We are celebrating our 30th year October 2016. And we have so much to be grateful for. We moved into our new church home in August 2016. This building is a culmination of years of expansion, months of planning and fundraising, and the strong efforts of many people. In the past we have met in storefronts, a small church, a historic church, and the Woman's Club. Through it all we have held to our mission that: "We are a spiritual community, awakening to our divine nature through love service and personal transformation." I have always been amazed at the truth of those words to describe both who we are and our aspirations. Our church attracts people of all faith who are interested more in spirituality, than religion. People who are more into love than judgment. More into awareness than rote. And because our community shares these qualities, it's a fun place to be. Please join us if this seems like it might be a place that you would feel accepted and accepting. Join us on the journey to wholeness. -- Neusom

Core Beliefs

Unity, a positive path for spiritual living, applies Truth principles to our daily lives as taught and exemplified by Jesus the Christ. We embrace five basic tenets or core beliefs:

God (also known as Spirit, Universe, Divine Intelligence) is the Source and Creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere. God is not a far off ruler on a throne. God is wherever we are because God is within each one of us expressing itself as us.
We are spiritual beings created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore all people are inherently good. Our truest nature is divine. Our greatest gift to others is to recognize their Christ Consciousness or limitless potential.
The way we think and feel determines how we deal with and experience events in our lives. Our thoughts take shape, develop, and grow into what we focus on.

We connect with and know God through affirmative prayer and meditation. The tools of prayer and meditation bring out the good in our lives, and align us with the Christ Consciousness or Christ Presence. Prayer is not something we do to change God or for God, but rather to change us.
Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them so we can strengthen our spirit. When we live our best according to the Truth we know, we become a light to others. We can make a difference.

Unity Teaching FAQ

Unity is a positive, practical spiritual path. We teach the effective daily application of Truth. We promote a way of life that leads to health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind. Unity has established centers of study and worship throughout the world where people discover and practice the Unity way of life. We address physical, mental, and emotional needs through affirmative prayer and meditation, and spiritual education. We serve those who seek inspiration and prayer support, as well as, those who use Unity teachings as their primary path of spiritual growth. We believe that all people are created with sacred worth, and we strive to reach out to all who seek support and spiritual growth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people in spiritually and emotionally caring ways.

Our ministries and outreaches are free of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, and sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to create spiritually aware organizations that are nondiscriminatory and support diversity.

We happily draw from all faith traditions to find universal truths that assist us in growing spiritually, while applying these truths to our lives in a practical way.
Each Unity church has its own flavor. Unity of the Triangle draws heavily from the Christian, Buddhist and Hindu texts.
No, there is no connection, although there is sometimes confusion because of the similarity in the names. Each is a distinct organization with its own set of beliefs and practices.
No. Unity and Christian Science, as well as many other New Thought groups, had their beginnings in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The application of these principles, the methods of teaching, and the organization of the two movements are different.
Some aspects of the Unity movement are denominational, and some are not. For example, there are move than 900 Unity churches and study groups affiliated with the Unity’s sister organization, Unity Worldwide Ministries. (link to the Unity Worldwide website) This is the denominational aspect of Unity. In addition, Unity Institute and Seminary, (link to the Unity Institute website) located at Unity Village, Lee’s Summit, MO, trains approximately 60 students every two years to be Unity ministers. This is also denominational.

However, the majority of the work done by Unity involves prayer support, publishing, and education services to people of all faiths. These nondenominational aspects include the prayer ministry, Silent Unity, (link to the Silent Unity web page) and Daily Word (link to the Unity Daily Word web page) (Unity’s nondenominational inspirational bimonthly magazine), as well as, retreats and spiritual enrichment and education classes (SEE) that are open to everyone and teach Unity principles in nondenominational settings. (For more information on Unity classes and retreats visit www.unity.org.)

God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are: Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law, and Universal Mind.
Sin is our separation from God, the Good, in consciousness. Salvation is now—not something that occurs after death. It happens whenever we turn our thoughts away from fear, anxiety, worry, and doubt; and instead, think of love, harmony, joy, and peace. The “fall” occurs in consciousness whenever we fall into negative habits of thinking. Heaven and hell are states of consciousness, not geographical locations. We make our own heaven or hell, here and now, by our thoughts, words, and deeds.
We believed that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher or our Way-Shower of universal truths. In Unity, we use the term “Christ” to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
Yes, Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person. Every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ as Jesus did, by being more Christ-like in everyday life.
Yes, symbolically. Whereas baptism by water represents the cleansing of the consciousness, spiritual baptism signifies the inflow of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a mental and spiritual process that takes place within the individual as he or she aligns with the spirit of God.

Spiritual communion takes place through prayer and meditation in the silence. The bread or the body of Jesus Christ symbolizes the word of Truth. The wine or blood of Jesus Christ symbolizes the conscious realization of God-life. Unity practices communion by appropriating or partaking of the spiritual energy represented by these elements.

We are each individual, eternal expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine, and therefore, inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential. Master teachers in various faith traditions such as, Jesus the Christ, Buddha, Krishna, and Quan Yin realized their divine potential and demonstrated their divine nature by the way they lived their lives. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.

Spirit, Universe, the Intelligence

Our Leaders

Our Unity of the Triangle staff is here to serve you. We would love to hear from you. Each dedicated staff member is available to assist you on your spiritual journey.

Neusom Holmes

Neusom Holmes

Minister

From an early age, Neusom knew he would be a spiritual leader, but by the age of 16 he doubted any church held his beliefs in universal divinity. He began a serious quest for answers and spiritual growth by studying Eastern religions, mythology, meditation, and various healing modalities, in addition to a Psychology degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Directly after graduating from Presbyterian seminary with a Masters of Divinity, Neusom enrolled in Unity seminary, and is now an ordained Unity minister. He is the previous minister of Unity of Corvallis in Oregon, and has been Senior Minister of Unity of the Triangle since 2002.

Before becoming a minister, Neusom was a professional river guide on the Grand Canyon and around the world; he was the first to descend 12 rivers on four continents.
919-832- 8324 Ext 102

Neusom.holmes@unitytriangle.org


Ana V Quintana

Ana V. Quintana

Associate Minister

Originally from Puerto Rico, Ana’s passion for metaphysics and practical Christianity began in her early teens. While working in the business world, she studied to become a Unity minister and was ordained in 1999. Ana combined her business and ministerial career in Puerto Rico until she and her family moved to Raleigh. Ana has been the Associate Minister of Unity of the Triangle since 2012, and her ministry focuses on adult education and supporting the youth and family education programs. Since Ana is bilingual, she envisions creating a Spanish ministry at Unity of the Triangle.

Ana’s business experience and education, including Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, the University of Puerto Rico and Harvard Business School, bring unique skills to Unity of the Triangle.
919-832- 8324 Ext. 104

ana.quintana@unitytriangle.org


Meemie Lohmueller

Meemie Lohmueller

Pastoral Care Director

Meemie has been studying metaphysics and Unity principles since 1992 when she realized there was a spiritual path congruent with her inner knowing. She is passionate about prayer and facilitating spiritual transformation in volunteers and congregants. Meemie has directed the Care and Comfort ministry and the Prayer Chaplaincy program since 2013. She continues to serve as a volunteer prayer chaplain.

As a former credit union CEO, she brings a unique blend of leadership and practiced Truth principles to Unity of the Triangle’s pastoral care programs. Meemie is currently attending seminary as a part-time student.
919-832- 8324 Ext. 110

Meemie.lohmueller@unitytriangle.org

Mary Smith

Mary Smith

Co-Director of Youth and Family Ministry

As Co-Director of the Youth program, Mary energetically focuses on developing lesson plans, recruiting volunteers, and working directly with the middle and high school age students, and college students in the future. She previously worked for a church in Venice, Florida creating a weeklong interfaith summer program much like a Vacation Bible School for kids. Mary studied theology, including interfaith studies, served as a youth counselor, and taught college students; all of which grew her consciousness and provided seeds for what she envisions for the youth program at Unity of the Triangle.
919-832- 8324 Ext 113

mary.smith@unitytriangle.org


Janice Falcon

Janice Falcon

Co-Director of Youth and Family Ministry

As Co-Director of the Youth program, Janice’s focus is on developing lesson plans, recruiting volunteers, and working directly with the nursery to fifth grade age children. She is blessed to have grown up in Unity and has studied Unity principles since Kindergarten. Janice is a certified yoga instructor with 18 years experience teaching prenatal, baby and mom, and children and adults of all ages, as well as being a birth doula. Also from Puerto Rico, Janice is bi-lingual and a loving mom of five sweet boys along with her husband, Omar.
919-832- 8324 Ext 106

Janice.falcon@unitytriangle.org


Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie

Music Director

Scott brings high energy and high performance to the Unity of the Triangle music program. Under the direction of Maestro Scott since 2010, the adult choir has grown in size and skill level including expanding its music repertoire. Scott has an extensive background in music theater and choral conducting, and is a concert pianist trained at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University. While in San Francisco, he also added graduate work in choral conducting to his skill set.
919-832- 8324 Ext 107

scott.mckenzie@unitytriangle.org

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Ralph McLester

Director of Finance

As staff accountant, Ralph administers the accounting, budgeting, building maintenance, and building rentals for Unity of the Triangle. Ralph is a former volunteer Board of Trustee and longtime faithful member of Unity
of the Triangle.
919-832- 8324 Ext 109

ralph.mclester@unitytriangle.org


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Cindy Nickels

Director of Technology

Cindy calmly ensures the networking, hardware, software systems, and computer and technology systems run smoothly for Unity of the Triangle. Her previous experience with computer systems and applications led her to volunteer and ultimately become a staff member in 2015. She is also a certified Structural Yoga Therapist and Oneness Awakening trainer.
919-832- 8324 Ext 108

cindy.nickels@unitytriangle.org


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Darla Brown

Sunday Services Coordinator

Darla enthusiastically works with volunteers and ensures Sunday services and special events run smoothly. She serves as a coordinator and connector for all the different elements of Sunday services including creating a welcoming environment for guests. Darla previously worked in sales and marketing, and has been an advocate for all things Unity since 2003, including the special people she calls friends at Unity of the Triangle.
919-832- 8324 Ext 103

darla.brown@unitytriangle.org

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Mary Graham

Administrative Assistant

Mary maintains the social media and efficiently handles the administrative functions of Unity of Triangle, as well as, the library and online bookstore. Her smile brings a calm presence to the office staff and congregants.
919-832- 8324 Ext 105

mary.graham@unitytriangle.org



 

Our Board of Trustees

As the governing body, the Board of Trustees provides the vision, direction, annual budget and major organization policies for Unity of the Triangle. The board is made up of six members plus the senior minister. Board members welcome your comments and suggestions. (From left to right) David Johnson - Treasurer, Connie Seitz - Vice President, John Pelligrino - Member at Large, Emilia Ruiz - Member at Large, Chris Hayes - Secretary, Tonya Debnam - President