Worship and Congregational Life in Unitarian Universalism
Life in Unitarian Universalist congregations lies at the heart of our faith. One important part of our congregational life is Sunday worship. Because Unitarian Universalism welcomes and celebrates diversity, our worship services can be very different from one another. However, most will include the following elements:
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- Sharing of joys and concerns
- A sermon given by a minister or lay leader
- Music, whether instrumental or vocal
- An informal social time after the service
Although important, worship is just one part of the rich spiritual life found in our congregations. Unitarian Universalist congregational life also includes ceremonies to commemorate important life transitions; holiday celebrations; religious education for all ages; affinity groups or small group ministry; and social justice work in the congregation, community, or larger society.
Because Unitarian Universalism is organized on the congregational polity model, congregations have the greatest authority to determine their own affairs, such as:
- Establishing membership requirements
- Choosing leaders, including ministers
- Purchasing and developing property
- Associating with other churches or organizations
To experience Unitarian Universalism firsthand, we invite you to visit a congregation near you!
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Last updated on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.