Our congregation exists to help people live lives of meaning and purpose. Our mission is to celebrate life, empower people, care for one another and help build a better world. We believe that engagement with a religious community can transform lives, and we invite you to join in that effort.
This is not a place that will tell you what to believe, but we will help you uncover your own deepest intentions and understandings and to put them into action. We don’t fear doubt or questioning — instead we acknowledge it as necessary to an authentic life of faith. One of our greatest teachers once said that “we need not think alike to love alike.” Thus among our membership you will find Christians, Buddhists, deists, theists, atheists, pagans, humanists and more, all freely searching for truth and meaning while striving to build a caring community. We are more concerned with putting heaven into people now, rather than getting people into heaven later.
Our centuries-old religious tradition is liberal, dedicated to freedom of conscience and humanist ethics. Our approach to religious questions is rational, with an embrace of science accompanying a profound respect for the wisdom of all the world’s spiritual traditions. Our worship is intended to inspire personal transformation and a commitment to social justice. Our most valued principles are the affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of all people and an awareness that all things in the Universe are bound in an intimately connected web.
The best way to learn about us is to worship with us. The first Sunday service begins at 9:15am and the later service starts at 11:00am (one service Summer at 10:00am).Religious education for children and youth also begins at 11:00am (10:00am Summer). There is child care during the 11:00am (10am Summer) service only.
Dress for worship and all other events is casual. We want you to be as comfortable here as we are!
Both services are followed by refreshments, conversation, and fellowship. On sunny days, the children love to use this time to play in the safety of our courtyard. Adults enjoy the chance to relax in the courtyard’s comfortable lounge chairs under umbrellas and trees.
Meet & Participate
You’ll also find many upcoming events listed in our online calendar, in the Order of Service provided at Sunday worship, and our lobby posters. Our many events include those of our vibrant arts and culture ministry, the Glaser Center.
In support of newcomers’ quest for knowledge, we offer frequent opportunities during which you can get to know us and our faith. Sign-up lists are available at the Visitors Table each Sunday.
Getting to Know UU:
Learning about our faith is an important part of determining whether UUCSR is the right place to continue your search for a spiritual community. This 3-hour group exploration event features a deeper exploration of our denomination’s history and theology, and a more comprehensive introduction to the life of this congregation. While there is no requirement that participants join the congregation, many do think of it as one of the events that inspired them to join in community life here at UUCSR.
Meet the Minister:
If participation in congregational activities at UUSCR becomes a significant factor in your spiritual life, we encourage you to attend the very fun and informative half-hour Meet the Minister event. Usually held directly after the second service on a Sunday, you will spend time with our minister and other leaders in the congregation in a casual give-and-take of information about what drives each of us and gives us joy.