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About Our Services

What can you expect at a worship service at our church?

Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalists are noted for their openness to new ideas and a diversity of worship experiences. We have a strong tradition of worship that enlivens and broadens our individual and collective search for meaning.

Worship services take many forms, they may:

  • Follow a traditional sermon model
  • Follow an interactive service model
  • Include children in an intergenerational service
  • Celebrate seasonal events
  • Include a Flower or Water Communion
  • Focus on intellectual issues
  • Focus on spiritual experiences

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clinton's church year runs from September through May. At this time, all of our Sunday services are led by members or guest speakers.

During any church year, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clinton has a Green strand because our congregation has attained the Green Sanctuary status from the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means that in every month, at least one service will focus on environmentally responsible and sustainable topics having to do with our members, our church property and with our surroundings.

Our congregation is now a UUA Welcoming Congregation. The Welcoming Congregation Program is a volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. Many of our services deal with these topics.

A brief orientation to Sunday worship at our church

Each Sunday service offers us something new. However, you will find that our services include the following elements:

Sound of the Bell: A few minutes prior to 10:30 a bell is rung to call people to worship.

Order of Service: Hosts distribute the Order of Service at the center doors to the sanctuary.

  • Welcome and Announcements: Anyone present is welcome to make announcements.
  • Chalice Lighting: As the chalice is lit, all share an inspirational reading.
  • Music and Hymns: Our hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, draws on diverse faith traditions and offers a wide variety of music for our worship.
  • Sharing of Joys and Concerns: Part of being a community means sharing what's going on in your life. All are welcome to silently light a candle or openly share a concern or joy.
  • Offering: We are a self-governed, self-supporting church. When the offering basket is passed, we ask that you contribute, as you feel comfortable doing so.
  • Sermon: This articulates the theme of the service. Unitarian Universalism is a truth seeking religion and gravitates towards exploring life, ideals, and faith paths. The sermon may challenge, educate, question, comfort, or anger. We affirm the freedom of the pulpit and encourage discussion with the congregation following the service.
  • Closing: We extinguish the chalice and share words of what draws us together.
After the Service: You are invited to join us downstairs for coffee, conversation, and a discussion of the day's topic.