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What to Expect on Sundays
Dress as you wish, we run the gamut from “Sunday Best” to casual.
Our Sunday worship draws on diversity of belief, theology and the Living Tradition of Unitarian Universalism. You may recognize the order of service but be surprised as well. A sermon, choir and congregational singing are featured, plus a variety of traditional and contemporary readings. We light our chalice flame, which may be explained as a symbol of “the light of truth found in the cup of life.” The children begin the morning with us so we have a Time for All Ages—usually a story. Afterwards our children go to their Religious Education classes with their leaders. You may light a silent or spoken candle of joy or sorrow at an appropriate time. The service is crafted by the Minister and Music Director with input from the Director of Religious Education.
Children are welcomed joyfully. The Religious Education Program for children from Preschool through grade six runs concurrently with the service. The beautiful Religious Education space is on the lower level of the building. Visiting children are invited to attend the program or may remain with their parents for the service. Children begin the service upstairs with their parents. After the “Story for All Ages” the children head downstairs to their classrooms.
What do UU's Believe
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.
The Seven Principles
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 congregation;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation 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.