Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT IS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM?
A: Unitarian Universalism is a creedless religion that welcomes all who search for truth, faith and community. We do not tell you what to believe. We are a path to the truth, not it’s source. Our seven principles affirm our beliefs in justice, peace, acceptance, conscience and respect. Our sources of faith are drawn from countless sources, including the world’s religions, earth-centered traditions, humanist teachings, direct experience and more. Click here to read a diverse collection of brief responses to that question—short enough for an elevator ride, cashier line, or sidewalk chat. If you are wondering what Unitarian Universalism is, this may serve as an intriguing introduction. If you are a UU, perhaps this will help inspire your own responses.
Q: WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A NORMAL SUNDAY SERVICE?
A: Sunday service lasts for about one hour. All members and visitors wear name badges so that we might get to know each other better. Dress is very individual, please come however you are comfortable. Some prefer jeans or shorts, others dress more formally in suit and tie or skirt or dress.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
A: Wear whatever you’re comfortable in! Jeans, shorts, suit and tie — as long as it’s in good taste, it’s all ok with us.
Q: I DEFINE MYSELF AS A PERSON OF THE <religious tradition here> FAITH. WILL I BE WELCOME IN THE UU COMMUNITY?
A: Unitarian Universalism is a creedless faith that draws its wisdom from all of the world’s religions. No matter what you hold true about the divine or the world, life or the afterlife, there is a place for you in our community. We are committed to encouraging every person’s search for truth and meaning and to being on that journey together.
Q: I AM AGNOSTIC OR ATHEIST. WILL I BE WELCOME IN THE UU COMMUNITY?
A: Unitarian Universalism does not dictate what a member believes, nor does it mandate that a person believe anything. All who affirm the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism are welcome.
Q: IS THE CONGREGATION ACTIVE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE OR COMMUNITY ISSUES OUTSIDE ITS DOORS?
A: Absolutely! Social action in this congregation dates back to our very origins. Members of our congregation have long stood up for what they believe in, and we are proud to say this tradition continues. Today, our social action efforts center around LGBT rights, animal rights, water justice, fair trade and immigration justice. To learn more, visit our Social Responsibility Circle web page.
Q: I HAVE QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED HERE. WHO CAN I CONTACT?
A: If you have additional questions, please call our office Monday through Thursday, 9 am – 1 pm, at 805-439-0188, or send an email to our office administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact any member of the Membership Committee. Click here to browse through our “How-To” booklet – a guide for navigating the use of the church’s resources. Our parent organization – the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations – has a visitor page on it’s web site. CLICK HERE to visit that page for more information.
Q: WHAT ARE THESE CIRCLES I KEEP HEARING ABOUT?
A: This is a vibrant and growing congregation. It takes many hands to keep up the life and work of our community. As such, we have developed five circles of volunteers who help address the needs of the congregation as a whole. Each Circle is headed by one or more Circle Coordinators. To learn more about one of these circles visit the Circle’s webpage (go to the menu at the top of the page and look under “Groups”).