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 draws from many faith traditions, typically referencing science, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and paganism.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service at our church include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- Music, both instrumental and vocal in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation (1st Sundays)
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings — both ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
Our services often incorporate seasonal holiday celebrations and longer musical performances.
Children under age four have optional childcare in the Wiggle Room, upstairs in the Parish Hall adjacent to the sanctuary. All other classes meet in the Annex (the house next door to the church).
Following every service, we gather in the Parish Hall for refreshments and good conversation. Parents generally walk over to the Annex to see what their children have been doing, then return for fellowship.