Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where are you located?

Our address is 4980 Gordon Avenue NW in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. You can find a map at the bottom of the page, or click here.

What time does your Sunday service start?

Our service begins at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary on the main floor. On some Sundays, we have adult programs before the service. Check the current eWeekly to see this Sunday's topic.

What goes on during the Sunday services?

Most services include the following.

  • Live music (choir, piano, and/or other instruments)
  • A story
  • A homily or sermon
  • A time for prayer and reflection; we invite people to speak aloud the names of those they are honoring, remembering, or asking to be held in the embrace of the community.
  • Congregational singing
  • An offering (often supporting one of several non-profits)
  • A benediction

What do people wear to Sunday service?

People dress according to their comfort, so you'll see everything from jeans and t-shirts to dresses and suits. Children are fine in play clothes.

Are bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgendered people welcome in this congregation?

Yes. We are a Welcoming Congregation that affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.

Is your church accessible?

Yes. Individuals with limited mobility should enter through the west door, which leads to the main floor where the Sanctuary and wheelchair accessible restroom are located. An elevator can take you to our fellowship hall on the lower level. We have several reserved parking spaces near the west door, as well.

Do you provide for the hearing or visually impaired?

Yes. We have assistive listening devices and large print hymnals available in the back of the Sanctuary.

What about other disabilities?

We are aware there are many disabilities, including hidden ones. Let us know your needs so we can work together to solve or avoid problems that might prevent you from participating in our community. Contact our office or call (319) 362-9827 if you have concerns.

What do children do during the service?

From September through May, children and youth attend religious education classes during the worship service hour. We also provide care in the nursery for infants and toddlers. Children and youth do join the adults in the Sanctuary for the full service once per month during the school year. They also attend services during June, July, and August.

May our child stay with us during the whole service?

Of course. Young children attend our services on many Sundays, and we provide activity bags at the back of the Sanctuary to help keep them occupied. If your child becomes noisy or disruptive, we ask that you take them across the hall to the Ely Room, which has couches and a play area. The service is broadcast to a TV in the Ely Room so adults can stay tuned in.

What beliefs are people in your congregation expected to hold?

Unitarian Universalism centers on shared Principles rather than beliefs. At various times, we have had individuals in our congregation who identified as humanists, theists, pagans, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, and others. We come together to learn from and help each other grow in our spiritual and ethical lives, guided by freedom, reason, and conscience.

How do I become a member?

We suggest you get to know us by talking with other members, participating in activities, and visiting with our minister. Once you decide you want to join, let the minister know and she will guide you through the process.

What do I do if I have other questions?

Talk with our minister, our Board of Trustees, or other members of the congregation. Contact our office or call (319) 362-9827. Let us know what you want to learn about and get involved with.