First UU is led by our half-time minister, Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman. She generally speaks to the congregation three times a month. Our member-led services are varied, featuring messages both from members of First UU and from other UU congregations.
Unitarian Universalists regard the highest values to be integrity, caring, compassion, social justice, truth, personal peace, and harmony. Advancing these values is the major purpose of our congregation.
What goes on during the service?
Every Sunday is different, but hymns, readings, and a meaningful message are usually included. We often have songs by our choir or a musician or singer from the congregation. We occasionally welcome special guest musicians from the community.
Why do you light a candle every service?
In our service, the chalice symbolizes wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual insight. The flame rising from the chalice represents the light of illumination and understanding.
What should I wear?
You’re welcome to dress in whatever makes you comfortable. Many of our attendees wear dress-casual, and others wear jeans and t-shirts; it’s really up to you. Children should wear clothing appropriate for crafts, snacks, and occasionally playing outside.
Is this church a place for families?
Yes, we are an active church with something for everyone. Our children’s program meets downstairs each Sunday, is fun for all ages, and full of enlightening activities.
Is there childcare during the service?
Yes, we have a staffed nursery for children under 3 years old.
Can my child stay with me during the service?
Absolutely. Rocking chairs are also available in the back of the auditorium.
Are you a Christian church?
We promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Many of our members and friends identify with and draw inspiration from Christianity, Humanism, Paganism, Judaism, and other religious and philosophical traditions.
Is this church the same as the Unity church?
No, the Unity church is located about a mile north of us and is not affiliated with Unitarian Universalism.
Are you a gay church?
No, but we are a Welcoming Congregation. LGBTQ persons are welcome to attend and join like everyone else. People from all walks of life have found a home at our church.
Are you a cult?
No. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association with about 200,000 members nationwide. Both the Unitarian and the Universalist churches have a long and respectable history which merged to form the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961. Our local church is governed by a Board of Trustees who are democratically appointed by the congregation for a two-year term. We are open-minded and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
Can you believe anything you want?
No. We are a non-creedal church that allows the freedom to search for truth along many paths. However, as a congregation, we affirm and promote our shared principles and purposes.
Is your building wheelchair accessible?
Yes. We also have extra wheelchairs available for those who need them.