About Unity of Bon Air


If you’re looking for a positive, non-judgmental spiritual experience, then Unity of Bon Air in Richmond, Virginia is the place for you.

Unity is a practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus. We teach the transformational principles of love, prayer, meditation, forgiveness, and peace. We celebrate the many paths to God.

We invite you to join us in a Sunday celebration and also to participate in one of the many workshops, classes, and events we host throughout the year.

Our Mission

To live and express unconditional love and acceptance.

Our Vision

Unity of Bon Air is an inclusive spiritual community integrating practical Christianity with all areas of knowledge, where we live and grow together in peace and prosperity.

Unity of Bon Air embraces Oneness. We are inclusive and welcome all races, colors, genders, ages, creeds, origins, ethnicities, differing abilities and sexual orientations.

Unity Has Five Basic Principles

We encourage you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding. We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation. The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are:

God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our awareness of God.
Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.


Sunday Services:

11 am, In-person and livestreaming on YouTube

5pm, In-Person and on Zoom

Meet the Minister

Transitional Minister: Reverend Patrice Bittner, Unity Minister

Rev. Patty was born in Orlando, FL, raised Catholic and spent time as a Methodist and Episcopalian during college. She majored in Elementary Ed but did youth ministry throughout college. Then she settled into becoming a minister in the Presbyterian Church where she served mostly rural churches for 30 years. After attending Unity of Bon Air about 10 years ago she decided Unity was her tribe. She attended Unity Urban Ministerial School and was ordained in 2017. She became the minister of Unity of Ann Arbor in 2018 and returned to Richmond in July 2021. She is delighted to serve this spiritual center which opened the doors to new life and new perspectives after leaving a 27 year marriage. She loves the people, the creativity and the unconditional love that is a daily experience here.  Presently she is living with Rev. Joyce Fisher Pierce in her beautiful home.

Patty’s email address is: revpatty@unitybonair.org


Cheryl Fare, MFA, Unity Minister Candidate

Cheryl Fare is a Minister Candidate in the Field Ministry Path of Unity Worldwide Ministries, and a Licensed Unity Teacher, inspirational speaker, published playwright, actor, producer, director, singer/songwriter, organizational consultant, and heart-centered metaphysician.  At Unity of Bon Air, Cheryl teaches classes, leads the Prayer Team, and serves on the Ministry Team as Communications Coordinator.  Cheryl has a passion for Unity Principles, and shares openly how using these real and practical Truth teachings have guided her through several exceptional life challenges.  Cheryl holds an MFA in Theatre administration and management from VA Tech, and is pleased to bring her 30+ years of experience in performing arts to her work in Unity. Cheryl lives with her husband of more than 30 years, Patrick Tormey, with whom she has 2 adult children.

For more about Cheryl, go to cherylfare.com.  Cheryl’s email address is cherylfare@gmail.com.