|Frequently Asked Questions|
Visiting a new church can feel pretty adventurous to most people. We want your experience with us to be as comfortable as possible, so here’s some information that may help. Click on your question of choice to go directly to the answer, or scroll through the entire list.
A. Very generally, Unitarian Universalists have agreed to live by seven principles and have identified six sources of religious tradition. These principles and sources have been arrived at through a democratic process involving our membership and may occasionally be amended the same way. Detailed answers to this question and others about our beliefs, tenets, and history can be found here.
A. There is no test of creed to join. Within our congregation, you’ll find diversity of belief. In our religious education program, we empower our children to become free-thinking individuals who know and respect themselves and others, contribute to their human and natural communities and make informed decisions regarding their spiritual paths.
A. Yes, but we do not expect visitors to contribute. We invite you to be our guest!
A. You can find directions and maps here.
A. As you enter the front foyer, you will be greeted and given the opportunity to learn a bit about our church and Unitarian Universalism. The nursery for smaller children will be on your left, and the sanctuary on your right.
A. Come as you are. Come in whatever makes you comfortable. You’ll see a range: “Sunday best” to casual.
A. Religious education for youth and children is an important part of our mission and is available during the service. In fact, our RE program is one big reason people are attracted to this church. Our young people stay in the service through the offertory and then leave together for their Religious Education classes. You are welcome to attend your child’s class to observe. Children who are able to sit quietly are invited to remain in the service with their parents if they’d like. Child care is available for infants and toddlers.
A. Absolutely not! We know that many people prefer to church shop anonymously before they start making relationships. As you choose, you may sign our Visitor’s Ledger and sign up for copies of our monthly newsletter, and you are welcome to join us for coffee and discussion after the service in the social hall. Make yourself known – or not. But we all enjoy meeting our guests.
A. Go here to read a description.
A. No. Our prelude is timed to end — not begin — at the scheduled time for the service. If you arrive prior to the prelude, feel free to use that time to socialize; however, once the prelude begins, please settle in, catch your breath, and help to create a reflective environment for all. Many people feel most comfortable when they allow for this extra reflection time right before the service begins.
A. Absolutely. The postlude is “walkin’ and talkin’ music.” When the postlude begins, let the sounds of human conviviality commence!
A. Please, no food and drink the sanctuary.
A. Why take the chance of having hundreds of heads turn in your direction as your cell phone disrupts a beautiful musical number or an on-the-edge-of-your-seat part of the sermon? Please turn your cell phone off as you enter the sanctuary.