- When and where are services held?
- What is a Sunday service like?
- What should I wear?
- What do children do during the service?
- Can my children stay with me during the service?
- What kind of religious education program do you have for adults?
- Where do I park?
- Are you accessible?
- Will I be welcome?
- What is Unitarian Universalism?
- How can I sign up to receive information about UUSD?
- Can I participate in activities if I am not a member?
What is a Sunday service like?
When you enter our church, you will be greeted and given an Order of Service outlining the service. You will be invited to introduce yourself if you wish. Readings, A Time for All Ages, meditation, a sermon, an offering, and music are part of our Sunday service. We also have special services with different themes several times a year. Our minister presents three services a month; the remaining Sunday service is lay lead. A listing of our sermons and special services for this month is available.
At the opening of our service, we ring a chime and light a flame in a chalice. The Flaming Chalice is a symbol of Unitarian Universalism, inviting us to be together as a community to share our faith. Our ritual of Joys and Concerns, involving moving a small shell from one container to another, offers us an opportunity to share significant, meaningful events that touch our lives. After our service, everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments and conversation.
What should I (and my children) wear?
Dress is casual. Wear what makes you feel comfortable. You will see others in blue jeans, dressy casual, and Sunday best attire.
What do children do during the service?
Infants and toddlers through age 3 are invited to be part of our Nursery Program. The Nursery teacher is a paid staff member who is available every Sunday from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Children and youth attend the beginning of the Sunday service with the adults and then are released to their classes. More information is available in Programs for Children & Youth.
Can my child stay with me during the service?
Yes. Children and families are welcome here. They are full, important members of our faith community. In response to questions from adults about helping children take part in congregational life we have provided a pamphlet, A Guide for Adults Who Worship with Children. We hope the suggestions in it will help us all lovingly guide our youngest members. The guide is included in the hymnals as well as here on our website. If you have any questions, please email Amber Peterson, our Director of Lifespan Faith Development.
What kind of religious education program do you have for adults?
Classes and activities for adults are held at various times during the year, but not usually on Sunday mornings. Our Adult Education Classes generally have a $10.00 administrative fee. Waivers for financial hardship are available. More information is available in Adult Education Programs.
Where do I park?
There is a parking area directly in front of our building with spaces for accessible parking, and there is additional parking at the side of the building.
Are your services accessible?
Our building, meeting areas, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.
We have a “hearing assist” system in our sanctuary. This system is designed to assist those with hearing challenges. The system will enhance the sound output of any part of the service that is transmitted over our microphone and mixer system, which is also delivered through ceiling speakers. Greeters and ushers in the foyer are available to show those who wish to take advantage of the hearing assist system where to get the necessary supplies and how to use them.
In addition to our new hearing assist system, there are two sets of large print hymnals available for those who find the print in either of our hymnals just a bit too small. These hymnals are in the foyer. An usher or greeter will provide the hymnal sets for those who would like to use them.
Will I be welcome?
Yes! We welcome a diversity of people from all walks of life. We welcome you, your family, and your friends. No matter your ideas, beliefs, spiritual traditions, religious background, gender, age, race, economic status, abilities, cultural origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification—you are welcome here!
What is Unitarian Universalism (UU)?
Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two different religions. Unitarianism and Universalism both began in Europe born of the Jewish and Christian traditions. The Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. After consolidating in 1961, these faiths became the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). UUs today include a variety of traditions: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, atheist and agnostic, believers in God, and more.
Our faith is based on the UU Seven Principles and six Sources of living tradition. Each congregation has a Covenant of Good Relations, which is our agreement to celebrate and nurture our search for meaning, connection, and acceptance. More information about Unitarian Universalist beliefs is available from UUA.
We seek to act as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. The here and now and the effects our actions will have on future generations deeply concern us. We know that justice, equity, and compassion should govern our relationships with one another, and with diverse peoples, races, and nations.
How can I sign up to receive information about UUSD?
When you enter our Church you will be invited to sign the Visitor’s List and to receive an information packet. If you provide your e-mail address, you will receive announcements and our newsletter, Beacon at the Beach.
Can I participate in all your activities?
Yes, certainly. Joining in our activities is a good way to get to know the members, learn about our congregation, and understand our programs