What to Expect in Worship
Sunday Service 10:30 am Come Check us Out!
We are a lay led congregation.
We have a roster of speakers including Unitarian Universalist ministers, other ministers and other guest speakers.
Our potluck is a joyous celebration following the service on the third Sundayof each month.
If you don’t have a dish to share, join us anyway!
Music – An intgegral part of our service
Our programs include child care for babies and activities for toddlers and older children.
Unitarian Universalism combines the traditions of the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825.
They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.
Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic.
Overseas, their heritages reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania.
We are a Welcoming Fellowship
Unitarian Universalism has a long traditionof recognizing “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” (Our 1st principle)
Our Fellowship has been officially recognized as a GLBT Welcoming Congregation since 2004.
Unitarians believed in the oneness of God. Universalists believed in universal salvation.
Thomas Starr King was both a Unitarian minister and a Universalist minister.
He is credited with the observation that Universalists thought God is too good to damn them forever and that Unitarians thought they were too good to be damned forever.
Unitarian Universalist Principles
WE, THE MEMBER CONGREGATIONS OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION, COVENANT TO AFFIRM AND PROMOTE:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship is [insert adjectives].
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
From time to time, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.
[Be sure to indicate if your congregation offers special worship services such as: worship services for children or for youth or seasonal evening worship services led by Jewish, Christian, or Pagan members of the congregation.]