Where there were two, there is now one. On Aug. 20, the congregations of Unity of Las Vegas and Unity Center in the Valley voted unanimously to merge. The merge was due to the retirement of Unity Center in the Valley’s minister, the Rev. Sophia Falke. The merged churches are known as Unity of Las Vegas. After Falke announced her retirement in May, Unity Center began looking for a new leader. “It’s an expensive process,” said the Rev. Shad Groverland, minister of Unity of Las Vegas. “You have to pay to fly (interviewees) out, put them up in a hotel and that whole process. So if you have three candidates, it can run $5,000-$10,000, and then to move them out, it’s expensive. Just the minister search could tap their savings.” Unity of Las Vegas contacted its west-side counterpart and proposed the merger. The legality of the merger was expected to be a huge headache. What type of lawyer did one tap to even attempt such a thing? Unity found one in the same business complex where Unity Center in the Valley met: Richard Cunningham. “Come to find out, he was the grandson of one of the founders of Unity, so he knew more about our bylaws than we did,” he said. “It was amazing that he was right there.” Groverland’s wife, Erinna, is in charge of the website and social media aspect of the church and found herself tracking down every place where it had a presence so people looking for Unity Center in the Valley knew where it had gone. “It’s like, ‘At what point do you close their Facebook page?’ and ‘At what point do you merge it?’” she said. “You want people to be able to follow you, to know where you’re going.” Yelp, Bing, Yellow Pages, Google Plus, Google Analytics … she had to look at all these things. Part of the discussion involved finding a more central location. The lease is up on the Rainbow location at the end of April. The Henderson lease is up in March. That space is being sublet, so wasted rent is not a factor. “Since then, we’ve been mapping to see where everyone lives,” Groverland said. To prevent feelings of displacement, services were held at both locations for two months to get everyone acclimated to the change. Staffers looked at the differences in the