About Unitarian Universalism
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that each person is on a spiritual journey to discern truth and meaning. We choose to join together in religious community to learn from and support each other. Unitarian Universalists (UUs) affirm and promote shared values, which are expressed in our Principles, but we do not require members of our community to hold a specific set of beliefs.
What to Expect on Sunday
Frequently Asked Questions
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 Voice Newsletter to see this Sunday’s topic.
What goes on during the Sunday services?
Most services include:
- 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 on Sunday?
From September through May, children and youth attend faith formation classes beginning at 9:45 AM. We also provide care in the nursery for infants and toddlers. Children and youth then attend the 11:00 AM service with their parents.
What if my child(ren) can’t sit still for an hour?
We provide activity bags for young children at the back of the Sanctuary to help keep them occupied. And we ask parents to take noisy or disruptive children across the hall to the Ely Room until they have settled. The service is broadcast to a TV in the 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.