Who We Are
Unitarian Universalism is a religion based on freedom of religious thought and conscience. Our congregation is part of a progressive, liberal religious tradition that welcomes your spiritual and ethical search for truth and meaning in life. We are a gathering of diverse, open-minded people from many faiths and backgrounds who meet to enrich their personal and spiritual journeys.
We were founded in 1994 and hold worship services and programs each Sunday from September to June at Valleyview Hall at 10 am.
Our spiritually and intellectually inspiring Sunday services are presented by our part-time minister, Rev. Wendy McNiven, visiting ministers and speakers and our own members.
We are a non-creedal church and do not require allegiance to religious dogma for membership. We are held together by common principles rather than common beliefs, and welcome diversity in thought and outlook. We welcome all who share our philosophy regardless of age, race or sexual orientation. We encourage everyone to think, question and explore. Here you will find an open, justice-seeking community, accepting friends, and a home for your deepest spiritual and community needs.
We invite you to join us for a Sunday service and to learn more about our congregation. We recommend reading our Newsletter which will show you the “heart and soul” of our vibrant community!
What We Offer
- Worship services and programs on Sundays from September to June.
- A vital religious education program for children.
- A lifespan learning program for adults.
- Regularly scheduled small group discussions and meditation sessions.
- Lay chaplain services for weddings, dedications and memorial services.
- Involvement in local and world social and environmental action projects for all ages.
- A welcoming congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered people.
- Personal growth and development through leadership opportunities.
Sunday Worship - Light, Medium or Full Bodied – Take Your Pick.
There are three worship formats that we use and these categories do not refer to content or experience but rather the amount of congregation support required to put them on. Please check Sunday Services & Programs as sometimes the schedule varies.
Once a month we have Worship Light – This is an hour of contemplation, meditation and on occasion, chanting. This is a time to deepen the experience of silence and stillness. People are asked to arrive and leave in silence, pick up and return their own chair, bring their own beverage if needed, while maintaining the sacredness of the space and the hour.
Once a month we have Worship Medium – The Chalice Circle is a time of reflection and sharing. Here a circle is formed, a topic is presented and questions posed about the topic. Often these questions arise from the previous Sunday’s service. The facilitator has people gather in small groups where the questions are pondered and discussed in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance. People speak from their own experience, allow others to speak without interrupting – the speaker becomes the listener, the listener then becomes the speaker. Chalice Circles are an opportunity to deepen connections and provide a nourishing way for individuals to grow in community. The sanctuary is set up and refreshments are provided.
Twice a month we have Worship – Full Bodied - On the first and third Sunday of the month, a full worship Sunday service is offered. This includes music, readings, candles, a sermon by our minister or guest minister, a homily by a member of the congregation, or a presentation by someone from the community. The first Sunday of the month is Soup Sunday so plan to stay for lunch.
On every Sunday, a collection is received for the financial support and work of the Fellowship. Set-up and clean-up is done by teams who rotate on a monthly basis.
There are a few occasions each year when the group meets outside the hall, at the labyrinth or some other outdoor location, so it is important to check Sunday Services & Programs or to read the Newsletter. Announcements about upcoming events are always made on Sunday.