About UU Worship
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.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multi-generational segment, such as a “Story for all Ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings- ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
From time to time, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multi-generational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.
Spiritual practice is important for UU’s and everyone, to find your center, recover from the stress of life, have something to support you in times of trial, deepen your understanding of life and your part of the universe, and much more. Many UU’s are wary of spiritual practice due to a narrow definition learned in childhood. The Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Tapestry of Faith: Spirit in Practice” curriculum lists eight different forms of spiritual practices:
- Personal Spiritual Practices
- Communal Spiritual Practices
- Spiritual Partnerships
- Mind Practices
- Body Practices
- Soul Practices
- Life Practices
- Justice Practices