What to Expect on Sundays
We gather in fellowship to find meaning and live more deeply. Fellowship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations are contemporary and high tech. Some congregations are traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation is a lay-lead fellowship, with no full-time minister.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multi-generational 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 guest 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, multi-generational 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.
Religious Exploration is offered every Sunday for children in grades Kindergarten to 8th grade. Religious Exploration for high school age youth is offered every-other Sunday starting October 1.