What to expect at UUCB
COVID-19 UPDATE: To protect the most vulnerable church members and visitors, face masks are required for in-person worship attendance at this time. Seating is available on every other row within the sanctuary. Hand sanitizer is available. Color-coded bracelets are provided in the church narthex to help you indiciate to others the level of comfort you have with physical touch and socialization at this time. Our priority is to keep our congregation and community safe!
We gather together in spiritual community because we need constant reminders to value what matters most in life. In a world of heartbreak, our congregations and communities call on each of us to be the best version of ourselves. Our worship services weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, poetry and words that both comfort our hearts and challenge our minds.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service might include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A “Time for All Ages,” which is usually the telling of a short story that resonates with people of all ages but is understandable by children
- Music, both instrumental and vocal, sacred and secular, in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Inspiring readings, ancient or contemporary, that support the theme of the service
- A sermon given by our minister, a guest speaker or a congregation member
- An offering collecting donations for the congregation or for justice work
Our Sunday services are thought-provoking, with moving music and meaningful traditions.
Children are welcome here! Your children may sit with you through the service or you may take advantage of other options:
- Childcare for babies and toddlers (available from 9:30 a.m. to shortly after the last service)
- A family room where parents can sit with their children and listen to the service.
- A “Time for All Ages” at the beginning of each service, where preschool through high school students share in worship time with the rest of the community.
- Religious Education classes for children and youth after our “Time for All Ages.”
Holidays and traditions
As Unitarian Universalists, our congregation respects and celebrates holidays and traditions from a wide range of faiths. We have some holidays that are uniquely ours, such as our beautiful Flower Communion. We also celebrate Christmas and Yule, All Souls Day, Halloween, and other familiar holidays. We often celebrate less frequently observed occasions such as the summer and winter solstices and Earth Day, as well. You can find more information about Unitarian Universalist holiday traditions here.