What to Expect on Sunday Morning
What time is the Sunday service?
What is a typical Sunday church service like?
Sunday Worship at UUSGU generally includes opening music, the lighting of our chalice, hymns, sharing of Joys and Concerns, Spoken or Silent Meditation, our Minister’s Sermon or a guest speaker’s presentation, greeting of visitors, and closing words and music. Though our services follow fairly traditional structure, the content is usually quite different. Sermon topics are quite variable from week to week, ranging from the exploration of world religions to interpretations of mystical writings, and perhaps current events in culture.
Are there people in the congregation who hold diverse beliefs?
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion — that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason; should be the final authorities in religion; in the end, religious authority lies in ourselves rather than in a book, person, or institution. Thus, we pose no creed, for we believe that religious faith is uniquely personal and evolves as we each engage in our inner search and in our life journey. We believe this quest is enriched and empowered by the diversity of our community.
At UUSGU people share many different beliefs and backgrounds: Christian, Jewish, Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Taoist, Theist, Muslim, Hindu and Earth-centered — as well as some who follow more than one of these paths.
What symbols do you display in your churches?
In the sanctuary of most UU churches, you will find no traditional religious signs or symbols, or the symbols of many faiths: Christian, Judaism, Islam, Eastern, Native American, and others. In the UUSGU Sanctuary you will find some beautiful handcrafted quilts – made by some of our congregants and a flaming chalice.
Are people like me welcome in this congregation?
Here at UUSGU we say, ALL are welcome. Our congregation strives to respect and welcome all people. We encourage people of all ages, races, colors, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnic origins, genders, sexual orientations, and enablement to join with us in celebrating life and all of its awesome diversity.
What happens after church?
After our worship service we invite you to join us for fellowship and refreshments at our Coffee Hour. For more information about the church, we have an informational bulletin board and more literature about Unitarian Universalism in our literature rack. Someone from our Membership Committee will follow up with you after your visit. Also, if you have brought your children or youth with you and have signed in as a visitor, expect a call from our Director of Lifespan Religious Education. She will be able to answer any questions you might have about our programs for children & youth.
How do I meet other people? How do I get involved?
Attend a service! You will be greeted at the sanctuary doors where you can learn about small group and volunteer opportunities for education and spiritual growth.
Stay for coffee and conversation in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Give some thought to whether you prefer to meet new people in social or committee related activities; we offer plenty of both options.
For example, you can enroll in life-enriching adult education classes or join any number of committees to work on specific projects that match your skills and interests. This web site has a lot of information about our social justice projects, covenant and affinity groups, and committee work.