The two Bluefields offer a unique tapestry of faith woven together from the spiritual diversity found in this peaceful community in the Appalachian Mountains. The world’s religions are easily discovered in neighborhoods next door and across town.
Various Protestant churches, traditional and contemporary, dot the tree-lined streets, and there are dozens of denominations. Ahavath Sholom, a historic synagogue, marked its 100th anniversary, and builds on its future with an active congregation of both young families and knowledgeable elders. The Catholic faith is very well represented in the region by two beautiful churches and a diverse and dedicated membership. St. Mary’s Orthodox Church built a glorious sanctuary that sits nestled against East River Mountain, and congregants actively celebrate their faith. The Islamic Center serves as the special meeting place for the followers of Islam who have thrived in this community for decades.
In addition to the denominations and religions mentioned, there are many more practiced by dedicated believers in the area. The various threads of faith do indeed weave a rich and beautiful tapestry of religious belief. And because it is a small community, these differing religions often intersect in ways one may not find in large urban settings or isolated suburban areas. Congregations frequently share services and pulpits or welcome visitors to their worship centers with special events while providing a family of faith for all their members.
The nature of small-town life intersecting with these world religions provides opportunities for greater understanding and compassion between followers of these various faiths. More than 250 different places of worship are featured on the Chamber’s list, which suggests that anyone seeking a spiritual home in the two Bluefields will likely find one in which they feel welcome.