What can I expect on a Sunday morning?
Our service starts at 10:00. You will hear an inclusive message at ORUUC. You are welcome to participate fully, or just sit back to watch and listen.
The service is usually 60 minutes long. We begin by singing together. Our music is eclectic; the same service may include a traditional Protestant hymn and a jazz piano solo. We usually hear a message, which lasts about 10-15 minutes. The service also includes silent reflection, spoken prayer, a story, and a monetary offering. Rev. Jake Morrill leads worship about three Sundays per month; Rev. Tandy Scheffler, about once a month.
Dress is very casual. Blue jeans are common. Shorts and flip-flops show up in the summer. Some people dress up more. Wear what you feel most like yourself in!
Religious education for children and adults happens during Faith Formation hour, from 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM. After worship, during the Faith Formation hour, newcomers, especially, are invited to stay in the Sanctuary for a 'Faith Forward' session, in which attendees get to know each other, and learn about elements of Unitarian Universalist faith. Some people gather in the social hall for coffee, snacks, and conversation. Most Sundays, one of the church groups serves a $5 lunch from 11:15-12:30 as a fundraiser.
Are my children welcome?
Yes! Your children are welcome in the service with you. We also have well-staffed, welcoming Nursery and Preschool rooms for children up to age 5. If you prefer, you can get your children settled there before the service begins. Our Hearth Room (next to the sanctuary) is a comfortable place for families with young children, as well, with rocking chairs, sofas, audio, and a view of the service.
Older children may stay with families during the whole service, or they may stay until after the "Story for All Ages." During the story, children who wish to do so may go to the front of the sanctuary to hear a story (expect jokes and puppets!) Then, those who are not staying for the whole service leave for “Children’s Time.” They begin with a snack in the Social Hall and then go out to the playground. If it is below freezing or raining, children play games in the hall of the classroom wing instead.
Will I feel safe and comfortable?
We hope so! Trying something new for the first time can seem intimidating, particularly when there are some elements of worship which may be unfamiliar. We do our best to anticipate needs and be hospitable. If we can do better, please let one of our Sunday hosts or staff members know.
Here are some of the ways we try to help everyone to feel safe and comfortable:
the building is completely accessible to those with wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers. Read about our accessibility from one of our members who uses a mobility device.
we have a private family restroom for use by anyone, in addition to men's and women's restrooms
we have assistive hearing devices
we are committed to ongoing anti-racist, anti-oppression work
we have a trained safety team on-site which is prepared for any kind of emergency
those who work with children work in teams of two, and are carefully selected, screened, and trained
we have completed the Unitarian Universalist Association's Welcoming Congregation program, to be fully inclusive of LGBTQ people