Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
DURING THE PANDEMIC OUR SERVICES CONTINUE EVERY SUNDAY AT 10:30 AM VIA ZOOM, AND ALSO IN PERSON, WITH MASKING AND PROOF OF VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE COVID TEST. TO JOIN OUR SERVICE VIA ZOOM, PLEASE CLICK HERE. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW PROTOCOLS FROM THE REOPENING TASK FORCE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Whether you’re brand new to our Fellowship or have been around a while but feel like there’s still a lot more to discover, this is the place to start. For more information, please fill out our Visitor Information Form.
Where are you located and how do I get there?
Do you have parking?
Our parking lot and bike rack have space for 100 cars and 10 bicycles. We have reserved spaces for both visitors and handicapped parking.
When are the services?
DURING THE PANDEMIC OUR SERVICES CONTINUE EVERY SUNDAY AT 10:30 AM VIA ZOOM. TO JOIN OUR SERVICE, PLEASE CLICK HERE WE ARE ALSO MEETING IN PERSON, WITH MASKS AND PROOF OF VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE COVID TEST.
When we are able to meet in person:
From September through May, (during non-pandemic times) we have two Sunday worship services, at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Closed captioning is provided at the 9:30 service, and that is when our choir usually performs. At the 11:15 service, children join us for the first part of the worship service and then adjourn to their Religious Exploration classes. During the summer months there is one worship service at 10:30 a.m., with closed captioning and Religious Exploration classes.
We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the service if you are coming for the first time.
What should I wear?
The ambiance on Sunday mornings is informal and friendly. Wear whatever you’re comfortable wearing and you’ll fit in just fine.
What do you talk about in your services?
We gather together in spiritual community because we need constant reminders of what matters most in life. Our Worship Services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. To view recordings of our past services, which vary considerably, click here.
Do you have Religious Education for Children and Youth?
Religious exploration is now virtual! For more information please press here.
Kids Zoom is for children aged pre-K through 12, and meets before our Sunday service at 10am, and lasts until 10:25 so that there is time to get to our Sunday Worship Service.
Parents and caregivers come to UUCMP seeking a community to help guide children to be kind, respectful, fair-minded, caring, and strong people who can make a difference in this world. Our religious exploration classes, worship experiences, social-justice work, and multigenerational gatherings reinforce what parents teach at home. We nurture truth-seeking, spirituality, and moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow. Our religious exploration programs combine story, song, art, movement, discussion, and play to engage children with many learning styles, abilities, and activity levels. Now that our classes and services have gone virtual, we strive to continue to create our welcoming and open community through the portal of technology!
What kinds of programs do you have for children?
We have a full program of Religious Education for children from age 4 through high school (currently available via Zoom for now,) as well as nursery care for babies and children under age 4 when we meet in person. The RE program also sponsors social events and activities for children throughout the year.
What do Unitarian Universalists believe?
According to the Unitarian Universalist Association:
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion — that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end, religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We are a “non-creedal” religion: we do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. Our Beliefs
Also, read about our Mission and Vision.
Were most of your members raised in a Unitarian Universalist church?
And would I still be welcome if I come from a different religious background or tradition?
Yes! Some of our members were raised in Unitarian Universalist churches, but many more have come to us from other faith traditions. Many grew up Catholic, Protestant or Jewish, many grew up (and may still remain) atheist or agnostic, and many whose spiritual journeys have led them to sample a wide range of religions throughout their lives. Unitarian Universalism draws messages from all of these, and more, and we welcome people from any and all theological backgrounds who are looking for a new, non-creedal spiritual home.
Is there some sort of coffee or social hour after the service?
After our Zoom service we use breakout rooms to meet with small groups for a social time, then come back together as a group before ending our service.
When we meet in person, there is a social time for coffee and conversation after each Sunday service. All members, friends and visitors are welcome. Please come enjoy our hospitality, chat with our members; we would love to meet you.
What kinds of social and other activities do you have and can visitors participate?
Visitors are always welcome to participate in all of our activities. We have a wide range of social activities for people of all ages including potlucks, game nights, visitor orientations, annual campouts, social justice activities and more. Ongoing groups are listed on our Calendar page and in our Newsletter. See our Life Enrichment Catalog to see our classes, events and affinity groups.
Do you have a choir and does it welcome new members?
Yes…and, most emphatically, yes! Our music is a highlight at UUCMP. See our Music page. We’d love to have you join us!
If I do decide to join, what do I do next?
We would love to have you join!
What if I’m not ready to join yet, but just want to visit for a while?
That’s fine. Take your time! You can join many activities and committees as a visitor or friend even during this time of virtual meetings. We encourage you to explore new groups, a book club, or discussion group to get to know more about us and our members. Press here to see our calendar of events that are virtually meeting for now.
Who is welcome at your church?
Everyone is welcome. Our community strives to be inclusive of all people, whatever their religious background, race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability. The spirit of our faith is for everyone. Together, we become a welcoming congregation.
I read about this being a “Welcoming Congregation.” What does that mean?
We are proud of our “Welcoming Congregation” status that signifies that we have adopted a resolution to: …affirm bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons, to be responsive to their concerns, and to celebrate and be inclusive of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons as members of our church community and our community at large. Please read more here.
What if I have other questions you haven’t answered here?
Please contact the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org — we’ll be happy to answer your questions or find someone who can!