Worship (Old English weorth scipe) – worthiness, acknowledging worth
When we gather in a Worship Service, we honor and celebrate one of our fundamental principles: the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. Our congregations and communities call us to our better selves and encourage us to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion. We deepen faith.
As Unitarian Universalists, we also believe that each person is on a unique spiritual journey. Two more principles of Unitarian Universalism are the acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregation, along with a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We encourage individual spiritual exploration, small group activities for specific interests, and worshiping together as a congregation.
Channing Sanctuary in Thomason Hall, Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
We are currently a lay-led congregation, and the weekly message is presented by guest ministers and speakers or church members. Our main service generally follows a traditional Protestant format with hymns, readings from inspirational texts, and a sermon. (Archived sermons are available.) We often hold special services during the winter holiday season.
Talented members provide music for the Service, and everyone is welcome do a reading, light the chalice, and to learn to be a Service Coordinator or a Service Associate. We also encourage our members to speak on topics close to their hearts so that we can learn from each other.
The children join us at the beginning of the service for the traditional Lighting of the Chalice and offertory, then usually go to their own religious exploration, though for the UU Festivals for All Ages, the children stay for the entire service. Nursery care is provided for the entire length of the service.