What to Expect
We gather together to find meaning and live more deeply. We create connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection.
UUGP is member-led—our members help plan and lead programs and events, care for each other, pursue social justice and environmental ethics in our community and beyond, and are fully engaged in congregational life. To minister is to serve. Ministry is our mutual calling to lead lives of service and integrity. Ministry invites each of us to find a role in creating a beloved community here and in the world.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
From time to time, services incorporate longer musical performances or holiday celebrations.