Team Unity

About Us

VISION:  We are a diverse community of purpose-driven individuals doing all the good we can do.

MISSION: Creating a friendly, supportive space for individuals to live a fulfilled, purposeful life through discovering their brilliant boldness, taking courageous action, and challenging others to do the same.

CORE VALUES: Imagination, Love, Courage, Creativity.

PROBLEM: People are worried about the future. They see a broken world; divisiveness, a rising economy, and hateful politics.

SOLUTION: Understanding that we have a purpose, we are here to be a solution, fill a gap, and hold the light. We are not here to “fix” the world but to bring Light into the world.

WHAT WE DO AT UNITY: Help you discover your purpose and how to live it:

You are here to remember who you are, the physical expression of God in this world. Because God is ALL, you are an expression of the ALL. You were created with the intention and purpose to be here now. And because God is ALL, everything you could possibly need to be in your purpose is available to you.

Once you remember who you are, this changes how you do what you do. You show up in your life in a bigger, bolder way. And this changes how you serve. You have a bigger impact on your life and on the lives of those you love.


When you are in your purpose, you live a purpose-driven life. Knowing that God is ALL, and you are an expression of that, drives you forward. It will feel as if the Universe has your back. You may not know exactly how things will work out, but you are guided to do the next right thing, and you will have the courage to do it, even without guaranteeing a perfect outcome.

When you are not clear on your purpose, you will struggle. You will feel like you lack purpose. Life will feel hard and seem like you can’t catch a break. You won’t feel comfortable doing the next right thing because there are no guarantees. You’ll worry about making the wrong choice and think that choosing safe or not choosing at all, are your only options.


CONNECT: When we connect to others by loving each other as God loves, we connect more deeply to the infinite within us. We have a greater awareness of how God is working through us, and we become a greater source of good in this world.

SERVE: Service is not about what we do. Service is the way we show up in the world. When we see God in others, we see God in all things. Everything we do becomes an act of service because we are guided by the infinite within us.

GROW: As we live in awareness of who we are, and how we serve, we thrive. Our lives prosper, and we can serve in greater ways.

Our Minister

Rev. Deanna Joseph Rev. Deanna Joseph has been interested in metaphysics ever since she was a child. She can remember being the only kid in middle school who wanted to discuss extrasensory abilities, and hauntings.

In her twenties, she was introduced to the philosophy of New Thought and the powerful concept: We are each God expressing itself in a body, which inspired her to become a ordained New Thought minister.

Since then, Deanna has been committed to sharing her spiritual journey through teaching, writing, and music. Some of her influences are Charles Fillmore, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Florence Scovel Shinn, Wayne Dyer, Joan Borysenko, Catherine Ponder, and Ernest Holmes. Her formal training includes a wide range of New Thought study; including the Unity teachings, Concept Therapy.

She is also the author of the forthcoming books, "Navigate Your Power", a book on Universal Laws and the power of Affirmative Prayer, and "The Maybe Bee", a children's book on the power of choice.

She knows that each soul is here to create with purpose and intention, and is so grateful to be fulfilling her own highest purpose: empowering others to be the powerful creators they came here to be.

What We Beleive

5 Unity Principles

1. God is All
God is everywhere present, and creator of all things. This means that everything that you see in this physical reality, everything that has ever been, and everything that is yet to be, all comes from God. There is not one thing that did not come from God.

“All that we are and have is God, and we can never be separate from that universal power.” ~ Ellen Debenport, The Five Principles
2. You are an Expression of God
Because God is everywhere present, and ALL things are created from the substance of God, that means that you, too, are an expression of God. You are the activity of Spirit walking around in a body.

“You are the light of the world.” ~ Matthew 5:14?
3. You Create in Your Life as God Creates in the Whole
In the beginning was The Word. The Word means intention, or consciousness, behind a thought. This means God created the Universe through intention, followed by activity. And, because you were created in the image and likeness of your Creator, you too create in your life through your consciousness (or way of seeing the world). Your way of thinking and acting are what influence your next experience.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” ~ Buddha
4. Through Communion with God, You Express the Christ in You
To be in communion with God means you surrender your personal will to Divine Will. This is not about? abdicating authority and treating God like a sugar daddy who does everything for you. It’s about moving from ego to soul, and living through the Christ consciousness.

It’s this communion that makes affirmative prayer so powerful; when you are in communion with God, you walk in faith, and not by sight. You’ll know your prayer is already answered, and this deep knowing is what manifests it into your life.

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” ~ Mark 11:24
5. Walk the Walk
It is not enough to know the Truth, you must live it. By putting these principles into action, and living them daily, you allow the highest expression of Spirit to work through you, and therefore invite in the brightest outcomes available.

“Life is consciousness first, then we take action as we are inspired.” ~ Ellen Debenport, The Five Principles

Unity Ambassadors

"I Am, because we Are" Desmond Tutu
“I Am, because we Are.” ~ Desmond Tutu

We thrive in sacred relationship; this is why Jesus said the most important commandment was to love each other as he loved.

In sacred relationship with others we expand our own consciousness through acceptance, compassion, and love. Essentially, we are able to step into our Light because we’ve seen the Light in others. We discover our I Am because We Are?

That’s why at Unity of Yucaipa we have our Unity Ambassadors; a friendly and loving support team who thrives on relationship and service. Our Unity Ambassadors hold the space for everyone to be in and part of a spiritual community.

We know how important it is to feel connected to a spiritual community; your tribe not only provides friendship and connection, but also supports you and has your back when life is filled with challenges.
The ambassadors at Unity of Yucaipa
Our Unity Ambassadors help in various areas of our Unity experience: they may be part of the meet and greet team before and after Sunday Service, help our first time guests navigate their Sunday experience, hand out welcome packets, or help Rev. Deanna set up for service or other events.

If you’d like to join our team, talk to Rev. Deanna after the next Sunday service.

Board of Directors

Unity of Yucaipa leadership, the Board of Directors, are members voted into leadership based on their personal and professional skills and their love of Unity of Yucaipa.

Their purpose is to oversee the growth, strategic planning and the financial state of Unity of Yucaipa, while upholding Unity principles.

This team is dedicated to the well-being and growth of Unity of Yucaipa!

Go #TeamUnity!

Lori Barnes-Laney


Raised in a military family in Europe, Lori was exposed to diverse cultures, which sparked her interest in understanding people's similarities and differences. She earned a BA in Anthropology, a CA teaching credential, and an MA in Psychology Child Development. For over two decades, Lori has enthusiastically supported children in their love for learning and fostering positive relationships.

On a personal level, Lori searched for the perfect spiritual home for herself and her two children, eventually finding solace in Unity of Yucaipa. She considers Unity a welcoming, non-dogmatic community that encourages self-awareness and a sense of connection to all aspects of life.

Bea Yancey


Bea has a love of numbers, and has worked in a bank and at a casino. She was also a treasurer for a cultural exchange team, as well as her school's PTA. Her love of children won out and she has been an elementary teacher for 30+ years. Her spiritual life brought her to Unity, where she has found a community of like minded people to share her journey. 

Don Onken

Board Member, Prayer Chaplain

Don has been a carpenter and a handyman for 35 years. He has also devoted himself to the study of non invasive, non toxic plant remedies. He is an avid Gardener, Lover of nature and the eco-system, and is highly knowledgeable in plant identification and various uses. He has always felt a connection with God, joined Unity of Yucaipa, his spiritual home, in 2019. Don is also a Prayer Chaplain, and he heads up the Unity fundraiser program. 

Taylor Fakas

Board Member, Prayer Chaplain

Co-founder and owner of Zero Point Athletics, Taylor Fakas is a structural body worker, CHEK holistic lifestyle coach and biomechanics specialist.

With over 10 years of experience working with athletes, physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons, Taylor has created his Divergent Therapeutics practice as a system for restoring proper breathing and moving mechanics. Taylor joined Unity of Yucaipa in 2019, and is a Prayer Chaplain.

The Unity Band

Music affects the soul in a way nothing else can.

It lifts our mood, enhances a moment, and in general, just makes the day brighter. In fact, it’s a well known fact that joyful and uplifting music make us better receivers for our good!

That’s why music is so important to us here at Unity of Yucaipa.

To be in the Unity band, you need to be a tithing member, and volunteer in some other capacity.

For more information contact Rev. Deanna at Unity of Yucaipa: 909-797-2090.


Why Become A Member of Unity of Yuca

Everyone is welcome at Unity of Yucaipa.

But when you become a member of Unity of Yucaipa, you are commiting to actively participating in your spiritual growth and expansion (rather than just being a bystander).

But commitment can feel scary, because it’s an exclusionary process. Committing to creating a bigger, bolder vision for your life means giving up the things that hold you back, and keep you small.

As a member of Unity of Yucaipa, not only will you have the support to grow your vision, you’ll also have the support of a community that understands your commitment to showing up in your life as the powerful creator you came here to be.


A member of Unity of Yucaipa will endeavor to live in accord with the Unity Principles of love and truth. A Unity of Yucaipa member will contribute to the ministry through their active interest, love, and support. Membership class participation on the 5 Unity Principles is required for membership

Becoming A Member

Becoming a member of Unity of Yucaipa is easy! All you need to do is email Rev. Deanna, and then we’ll let you know when our next membership class is. All potential members participate in the 5 Principles of Unity workshop. After you take the membership class, the Board of Trustees will vote on your membership, and you will become an official member of our spiritual family.

Maintaining Your Membership

Active Member: A member retains status as an active member through their participation in prayer, service, classes, and giving during the fiscal year.

Inactive Member: A member will become inactive:

Upon absence from the congregation for one year.
If their membership is determined by the Board of Trustees, including agreement by the Minister, to no longer fulfill the qualification of active membership.

Active Members

Once you are a member of Unity of Yucaipa, you can participate in the ministry by:

    • Voting at meetings.
    • Electing members to the Board of Trustees.
    • Offering suggestions to the Board of Trustees.
    • Serve on the Board of Trustees.
    • Serve on our Unity Ambassadors ministry.

Plan A Visit

Here at Unity of Yucaipa, we strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. We believe that no matter where you find yourself on your spiritual journey, there is always room here for you. We are dedicated to providing a safe, comforting space for people from all walks of life. Our goal is not only to bring people together in community but also help them find their own spiritual path. Whether you're looking for a place where you can connect with others or just take some time to explore your own spiritual journey, we have something here that will be meaningful and inspirational.

Our service time is 10AM and we meet at 

Zero Point Athletics in Calimesa
1103 Calimesa Blvd., Calimesa

Can't make it? No worries! We also stream our service live on Facebook every week. No matter how you choose to experience it, we guarantee an uplifting message and lots of love! Hope to see you soon!

What can I expect?

Whether you're new to Unity of Yucaipa, you've been away and are returning, or you attend every week, we want you to feel welcome and at home. Our Sunday service starts at 10 am and usually lasts an hour and 15 minutes. Before and after service, we have fellowship and a chance to get to know one another. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by a member of our hospitality team who will direct you to our welcome table, where you can grab a cup of coffee and a snack. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Is there a dress code?

No matter your style, you can feel comfortable at our church – whether you prefer jeans or business casual. Our minister and worship team wear jeans, but if you prefer dressing up, that's great too. We want everyone to feel welcome and accepted, no matter what they choose to wear.

What is the worship experience like?

Our service starts off with a welcome song. Then we recite our Unity Principles (what we believe), and then play a couple more songs. You are welcome to sing along, but this is not required. Then our minister shares a message intended to inspire and challenge you. We then have more music, a meditation, and a closing prayer. Our service is very relaxed.

Can I bring children? If so, what age is appropriate?

You are welcome to bring your children. Though we do not currently have a space for Sunday school, we do have a kids' activity table, and have crafts and coloring pages available. We do not have a nursery for younger children, but we have several families that bring infants, and they just hold them through the service.

How do I become a member?

If you enjoy being part of the Unity Community, and decide you want to become a member, talk to our minister after service.

What events do you have up and coming?

We offer many different events throughout the month. Check our calendar page to see the most recent events.

Where can I donate?

If you appreciated and felt inspired by the service, you can click on a QR code we have posted in our fellowship area to give to Unity. We do not pass a basket, but we do have a basket for love offerings in our fellowship area. There is also a link here on our website for giving.

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