If you are a visitor or a newcomer considering attendance at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence, you may have questions you’d like answered before you arrive. Here we are providing responses to what other people have asked us as they prepared to come to UUCL. We offer them with a warm welcome to you.
How do I get to UUCL?
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What do adults wear?
At our program and our service, you’ll see everything from “Sunday best” to very casual attire. Just wear whatever helps you feel most comfortable. After all, this is Lawrence!
What do children wear?
Is the building accessible to people in wheelchairs?
What about people with hearing difficulty?
What do children do during the program and during the service on Sunday?
For infants, toddlers, and young children (up to age 4), the nursery is available during both the program and the service.
During the program, religious exploration classes are available for children from preschool (age 4) through eighth grade.
During the service, children 8 years and younger join the full community in the sanctuary at the beginning of the service and leave for Supervised Activity Time following a “Story for All Ages.” Once a month, they participate in a Children’s Chapel, which continues the theme of the service.
Children and youth ages 9 and above are welcomed as full participants in the service, and often do readings or chalice lightings, offer personal reflections or assist with other aspects of the service.Our Children and Youth page provides additional information on programs for our children.
May our child stay with us during the program or service?
Of course, and you will generally see a few young ones in the congregation. We provide a few gliding chairs at the back of the sanctuary, particularly for nursing mothers.
Does your congregation have diverse beliefs?
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion, one which keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We are a non-creedal religion, meaning that we do no ask anyone to subscribe to a particular creed. As a result, our denomination — including our congregation– is a community of people with diverse beliefs—we have humanists, theists, pagans, Christians, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, and more. Our religious diversity paired with shared principles of respect, give us the opportunity to come together in community to explore religious questions, deepen our own spiritual development, and inform our actions in the world. More information on Unitarian Universalism is available from the Unitarian Universalist Association website.
What can I do to begin to meet people and become active?
We are a vibrant community with a variety of social, religious exploration, and volunteer activities which may suit your interests, passions, and/or personal development. Some possibilities:
Watch for our New to UU classes for those who would like to learn more about UUCL and about Unitarian Universalism. Offered twice a year, the 1 ½ hour classes are held weekly for six weeks, and child care is available. It’s a great way to meet both congregational leaders and other people who are also exploring the UUCL and Unitarian Universalism.
Our teams of volunteers provide opportunities for expression of your talents and interests, whether in gardening, handyperson skills, teaching, administrative activities, design and graphics, photography, or many other interests. Newcomers and new members frequently become involved with our Sunday morning Hospitality Teams—assisting with greeting and ushering, with Sunday coffee and snacks, and other duties that make Sunday morning run smoothly.