What style of service is it?
A typical service includes thoughtful readings, musical performances, singing together and a sermon by our minister. Our services are respectful of our Christian and Jewish heritage, but also cherish the inclusion of eastern, earth-centered and humanist traditions. Every Sunday after church, we gather for coffee and snacks in the fellowship hall.
What kinds of things should I expect to hear from the pulpit?
Our minister and others in our pulpit celebrate our diversity of theology, as well as our common values and principles. You won’t hear talk about creeds or doctrines. Instead you’ll hear messages that provoke thought, give hope, and encourage compassion and inclusiveness. You’ll hear that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. Check out our podcasts to listen to some of our services online.
What should I wear?
Dress however you're most comfortable.
Where do I go when I arrive?
Enter the doors in the center of the building from either the north (Green Street) or south (parking lot). Look for our greeters at the visitors table in the lobby. They’ll welcome you, give you a packet of materials and provide a visitor nametag, if you want to wear one. The church sanctuary is to the west of the lobby.
What is available for my kids?
Approximately 90 children and youth, preschool through high school, participate in our religious education (RE) programs during worship service. The Sunday morning RE program offers classes designed to help children develop spiritual values, ethical sensitivity and an understanding of our Judeo-Christian heritage as well as other world religions. Children sit with their parents for the first 15 minutes of the service two Sundays a month, and leave to go to their religious education (RE) classes after hearing a children’s story. Occasionally, classes participate in a Children’s Chapel Service.
Are there opportunities for religious discussion among adults?
The Sunday Morning Discussion Group meets every Sunday morning after worship service in the church library to explore a wide variety of topics.
An Orientation to UUism Class helps participants learn about Unitarian Universalism and about the church by focusing on individuals’ religious journeys, UU history and beliefs and groups and activities at the church.
Chalice Circles are small groups that meet regularly for discussion, personal sharing, and service to the church or community.
Give us a call at 217-384-8862 or send us an email. Someone should be available to take your call Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.