Is UU Right for You?
UU is right for many, but definitely not for all. To be happy attending a UU church you have to be comfortable with diversity of opinion and lifestyle and content with uncertainty. Realizing that no individual or institution has all truth, UU’s accept questions more profound than answers and take responsibility for their individual spiritual journey. But they do this in a safe and caring community. They do this with reverence and faith in the transcendent power of love and take care to cultivate compassion and understanding and to support one another. They do their best to promote justice, equality, and peace.
If you need structure and surety, if you just want “the answers”, then UU isn’t for you. If you want to recite a creed, UU isn’t for you. If you believe that every word in the Bible is literally true and has survived translation unaltered, then UU isn’t for you. In that case, we sincerely hope you find what you are looking for but much as we’d like to, we can’t help.
If you tend to be a questioner, if you’re a bit of a skeptic, if you’re OK with understandings that grow and change over time, then give us a try.
What to Expect at a UU Worship Service
Since the first principle of Unitarian/Universalism states that we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, we welcome all who wish to attend our services. Our Members and Friends have backgrounds in Judaism, Catholicism, Buddhism, and various Protestant beliefs; others describe themselves as agnostics or atheists or lifelong UU’s. Attendance at our Sunday services varies between 40 to 90 persons, depending on the time of the year. People’s Church also has many activities during the week.
You might wonder why a group of people with divergent backgrounds and no common creed, some of whom frankly don’t know for sure whether there is a Supreme Being or what that Being might be like, would bother to get together for an hour on Sunday. Yet Sunday morning is our foundation.
We get together to support one another in our individual searches for spiritual truth, to inspire and uplift ourselves and each other, to deepen our ties with one another, and to participate in a safe and caring community of faith.
At first glance, the Sunday morning format looks rather similar to that of some Protestant churches. But there are differences. The songs we sing are sometimes religious and sometimes secular. The music we hear may be a traditional choir, a guitar, an accordion, or even drums. A period of silent meditation, including the option of lighting candles of memory or hope, is essential to focus and ground us.
Sermons may come from either of our ministers, from others we have invited, both secular and ordained, or, occasionally, from lay members of the congregation. Recent topics have varied from “The Words of Jesus’ (valuable wisdom no matter who you are) to “Sportuality: Finding Joy in Sport and Games”. At the end of the service we join together to sing “Spirit of Life”. The words to this song help us to go forward to create a good week for ourselves and others.
You won’t find recited prayer or creed. UU’s are a divergent bunch, and we like it that way. You will be greeted and welcomed. Wear casual clothing. If you are active in our local community or have lived here for a while, you will probably see people you know. But if you find the friendliness a bit much you can sit in the sanctuary and quietly listen to the prelude music. Nursery care and children’s religious education is available, although children join the adults for the first part of the service through the Story for all Ages, which will relate to their lesson and the adults sermon. Then we sing them out to their class.
Please don’t hurry out the door before checking out the goodies and coffee or tea at the hospitality table and scooping up a few brochures from the cabinet closest to the sanctuary.
Child Care and Children’s Religious Education available during services.
Path to Membership
Visitors are always welcome. Newcomers may choose to continue learning about us by electing to receive church communications. Some opt to become Friends and take a more active role in church functions. Others might wish to become full members and enjoy all the benefits of membership. People’s Church supports whatever decision a newcomer might make, for we believe each person must choose his or her own path.