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Looking for community? Wanting to find out more about us, but are not sure where to start?
Check our answers to frequently asked questions below. Videos here help explain more about what Unitarian Universalism is about and what members enjoy so much about it.
Do you only gather on Sundays?
What provisions do you have for people with disabilities?
We also have reading glasses available from a Greeter.
For wheelchair accessibility: The main entrance is on to the foyer and Sanctuary (worship space) lounge, and wheelchair access is by the ramp on the left-hand side of the main doors. There is a ramp that takes you down into the hall, and also to a wheelchair accessible bathroom. At this time, there upper level is not wheelchair accessible. The lower level is accessible off the lower parking lot entrance (on the right-hand end of the building when you face the main entrance). If you would like to attend a service or event and want to know if it is wheelchair accessible, please contact our office, so that we can do our best to make our event accessible to you.
How do I get there?
Are you welcoming of all people?
What do Unitarians believe?
Unitarian believe a wide variety of things. You will find Unitarian Buddhists, Taoists, Christians, Agnostics, Atheists and Humanists as well as people who do not or cannot classify their beliefs. What we have in common are our seven principles, which form the foundation to how we want to be together in community and live in the world. We believe in creating a spiritual community where we can be accepted whatever we believe and however we want to make a difference in the world.
Unitarians believe that how we live our lives is the best way to show what we value. We have a different way to approach religion: we believe each person has the right to make their own decisions as to what they hold to be true and right—we choose not to have a set of beliefs our members are required to hold, or a particular teacher that we follow as a movement. That means there is more diversity in our midst (those who believe in God/a higher power, those who don’t and focus more on humans’ ability to do what’s right, and those who are still searching for how to name what they believe). People come from various religious backgrounds, and some from none at all.
What keeps people here together as a spiritual community?
What is there for our children? Is there childcare and/or Sunday School? What is taught?
What should I/my family wear to a service?
What can I expect when I come to a Sunday service?
After the service we have social time in the hall. On the 1st Sunday of each month, we have a potluck meal together. 3rd Sundays we offer some light refreshments. 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays we spend time visiting after the service before we head off to our own evening meals.
5th Sundays – These interactive, fun multigenerational services are held in the hall.
Why are there Christian crosses around?
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Meet some Unitarians.
Here from many different people as they explain why they are attracted to Unitarianism, what they get out of being part of this inclusive community that appreciates and respects everyone and how the UU principles makes sense to them.
Standing on the side of love is the key message they offer.
Unitarianism and Universalism. In practice, we use the word “Unitarian” as a shortcut for “Unitarian Universalist”. Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to our movement.
The History of Unitarian Universalism:
Both began in Europe hundreds of years ago: Unitarianism in the 1600s and Universalism in the 1700s. After consolidating in 1961 in the U.S., these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). In Canada, Unitarian and Universalist congregations have been active since the mid1800’s. The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) includes congregations that call themselves Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist (UU).
Historically, all Unitarians were Christians who didn’t believe in the Holy Trinity of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), but in the unity, or single aspect, of Godthat’s why they got called ‘Unitarian’ (rather than ‘Trinitarian’). Later, Unitarian beliefs stressed the importance of rational thinking, a direct relationship with God, and the humanity (not divinity) of Jesus.
Universalism emerged as a Christian denomination with a central belief in universal salvation; that is, that all people will eventually be united with God. As Unitarians encountered other world religions, they expanded the sources they turned to for inspiration, including the findings of science, truths from various world religions, and spiritual practices of earthbased traditions.
So, now in a Canadian or American Unitarian Universalist you will often find people with various beliefs: those that believe in the God of their understanding, those for whom the concept of God is not useful, Unitarian Christians, practicing Buddhists (and from other world religious traditions), earthbased spiritual practitioners, those who draw from various sources, as well as those still seeking to form their beliefs. All religions and spiritual traditions arise from a common root: human encounter with what is ultimate in reality. We look for those truths, as each of us understand them, and then come together to support one another to live them in the world so it can be come more just, caring and peaceful.