Many people walk through our doors feeling that their life is missing something very important. Once here, they discover what it is they are lacking- a sense of belonging to a spiritual community.
Ours is a non-creedal religion. There is no set of doctrines you must adhere to, or creed you must recite, to be a part of our community. We follow the 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles and agree to learn, grow, work, and play together. We do not all have the same beliefs–we may disagree about the nature of Jesus or Buddha, or whether or not God exists, or what happens when we die. What we agree upon is to walk together despite our differences, and to grow because of them.
To find out more about our community, we encourage you to come to Sunday worship. Check the homepage to see when we meet. We typically meet at 9:00 and 11:15 AM from mid-September through May, with Religious Exploration (RE) opportunities for children, youth, and adults during our Middle Hour at 10:10 AM. We meet for worship in the summer at 10:00 AM, with RE for children and youth during the service.
We have four ministers: a Senior Minister, an Associate Minister, a Faith Development Minister, and an Intern Minister. All four participate in and take turns leading worship, which means every Sunday follows the same format but has a different “personality”. Give us a try a few times before deciding if we are right for you!
“The Inquirer Series” Classes:
If you’re ready for deeper information and connection, we invite you to take part in our ‘Inquirer Series’ which is held during Middle Hour or after service during the summer months. For more information about the ‘Inquirer Series’, click HERE.
Becoming a Member of UUCA:
Becoming a member of UUCA is not difficult. There is no creed you must swear to, or recite. But we do ask that you learn about us first by attending worship, talking with members and our ministers, and taking the ‘Inquirer Series’ classes.
Membership in our church brings with it great rewards, as well as responsibilities. A community is only as strong as its members and that strength comes from participation, service, gifts of time and money, individual growth, and caring and support of each other.
What You Can Expect from UUCA:
Support and Comfort: Here you can expect a community that, if given the opportunity, will support and comfort you during personal and family transitions and passages. When you are in need, please contact our Care Team.
Opportunities for Growth: You can expect any number of social, educational, and spiritual outlets and opportunities as ways to broaden friendships and self-understanding. You can expect to be challenged in your theological assumptions, nudged to explore beyond the accepted and everyday religious “sound bites,” urged to deepen your spirituality, and to be supported in your search for a meaningful faith.
Engagement and Acceptance: You can find free-thinking religious liberals who place great value on freedom, reason, and engagement toward understanding one another. You should expect to be supported as you practice different spiritual paths within our principles.
Religious Exploration for Children and Youth: If you have children, you can expect an environment and program that will support them in their own questioning and searching. We have an outstanding children’s program with high commitment from adults.
Being Part of Our Community: When you become a part of our church, you become a part of a living, growing institution. Our church community is one of give and take, supporting and nurturing, exploring and growing. We know that we are better together than we are when we’re alone.
UU World: To help you connect to the wider community of UUs, you will receive a subscription to the quarterly magazine, UU World.
What UUCA Will Expect from You:
Regular Church Attendance: Communal worship is extremely important to the life of our church. Regular Sunday attendance will help you feel connected to the spiritual heart of the church.
Working on Your Own Spiritual Development: We believe that each of us is capable of discovering religious truth as it is revealed to us in our lives and within our church community. We each take responsibility for our own spiritual well-being with the support of the church.
Serving the Church: Use your gifts and interests to serve. The church community needs hands as well as hearts and minds. That means weeding and cleaning-up are needed the same as singing and teaching. As a member, you need to attend bi-annual congregational meetings. Business cannot take place without a quorum.
Serving Others: We commit our faith to action and show through our works what we say with our mouths. Although the church provides opportunities for social action, many places exist in each of our lives where such acts can take place. Acts of caring are an essential part of belonging to a faith community.
Pledging at a Stewardship Level: You are required to make a written financial commitment (annual pledge). This helps the church plan financially for the coming year. We ask that you give what you can afford, but also that you consider the needs of the church.
Honoring and Celebrating Diversity: Our church community seeks and celebrates diversity, inclusive of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and classes. As a Welcoming Congregation we reach out to bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Above all, we strive to create an environment that challenges, encourages and supports the individual quest for religious fulfillment.
Wecloming Congregation: Recently, Rev. Christina Leone Tracy and one of our members, Robin Gilmore, hosted a session entitled Transgender 101; an “intro-level” session on what it means to be Transgender, and various issues surrounding gender diversity, justice, and community. While not “experts”, Robin identifies as a Trans person, and has done a great deal of research on Trans issues. This class was recorded live, so there are some questions from the gathered audience, which are answered during the presentation. The accompanying Powerpoint slideshow was also used during the presentation.
Click here for PowerPoint presentation. Click here for mp3 (audio) presentation.