What to Expect on Sundays: FAQ

The UUUS is a religiously liberal congregation that promotes reason and religious tolerance and embraces a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Our goal every Sunday is to help each of you on your spiritual path and strengthen your sense of self, family, and community.

Our members and visitors have diverse interests and beliefs, and our Sunday Services reflect that with varied topics. Our lay-led services featuring our members or visiting ministers, academics, and experts as speakers.

All ages are welcome—regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religious belief, or lifestyle. Dress attire is casual and the atmosphere is always friendly.

What can I expect once I walk through the door?

Service begins at 10:30 am. Upon your arrival, a greeter will welcome you to our fellowship. Feel free to select your seat or head over to the kitchen and get yourself a cup of coffee. On most Sundays, the Order of Service is as follows:
Musical Prelude
Opening Words and Opening Music
Chalice Lighting and Affirmation
Welcoming of guests and sharing of joys and concerns
Musical Interlude and the “Share the Plate” Offering
Children’s Recessional
Speaker’s Presentation
Extinguishing of Chalice
Closing Words and Closing Music
Announcements
Musical Postlude

From beginning to end, the service is typically about an hour long. After the service, please join us for coffee and conversation or–on the second Sunday of the month–stay to partake of our potluck lunch.

Are the services at the UUUS led by a minister?

We do not have an “in-house” minister and have never had one. Our service leaders begin and end the service, and the speakers –congregation members, visiting ministers, academics, or experts–address that Sunday’s topic. Speakers and topics for services are chosen by our Program Planning Committee. As our members and visitors have diverse interests and beliefs, we try to make sure our Sunday Services reflect that with a variety of topics.

Are children allowed to stay with parents during the service?

Children are more than welcome to listen to the service with their parents. At the UUUS, we greatly value family. Our children play a part in every Sunday Service and even organize and deliver two services per year. We provide childcare in our nursery and Religious Education for ages pre-K and up, and we have a toy-filled “Wiggle Room” so parents of infants and toddlers who want or need to stay with their little ones can comfortably watch and listen to the service.

What kind of music is used in your services?

Live music is an integral element of our service, from traditional hymns and classical music to contemporary songs. We have many talented musicians who perform for us, including a gifted pianist/composer Lou Murray and our “house band,” Jars of Jam. Church member Janet Leavens directs our adult choir, providing a more traditional complement to Jars of Jam’s inimitable contemporary tones.

What if I am unable to attend, but don’t want to miss anything?

UUUS offers live streaming of the services. Prior services are archived and remain available.

Is UUUS a good fit for me?

Since we have a variety of speakers and topics, we really recommend attending several services to get the feel of what the UUUS is about.

To view descriptions of this month’s services, please visit our Upcoming Services page.