Frequently Asked Questions
Is everyone welcome?
One of Unitarian Universalism’s core values is respect for everyone. As a liberal religious tradition, we are welcoming, inclusive, and open to all, regardless of religious belief, sexual orientation, race or cultural background, family or other personal status.
What if I need assistance or accommodations to attend?
Our facilities are accessible for those who are physically handicapped, limited in mobility, hearing impaired, or any other special need. We will be happy to provide assistance or accommodation to allow you to attend our Services. Please let us know how we can make your visit a successful one, either by emailing us through the CONTACT US tab on this web site or by talking with one of our members when you arrive at a Service.
If I visit, may I bring my children?
Absolutely. The Religious Education (RE) program is our version of “Sunday school,” young people join the adults in the Sanctuary for the first part of the Service and then go to their own age-appropriate programs as explained on the Religious Education tab on this web site.
What is the religious background of OUUF members?
Some of us have been UU’s our entire lives, many of us are “refugees” from other faiths and denominations. Many members are not religious in the conventional sense in that there is no specific creed; some do not believe in God, but others do. We are interested in exploring the larger questions of life in the context of a community that covenants (commits) to our principles.
What is the significance of the chalice symbol?
The chalice is both the symbol of our denomination and a key element in our worship services. Our chalice is unique to our congregation, as are many others. At the beginning of services we light a chalice to symbolize the ongoing light of truth and mark the main content of worship. Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love. Unitarian Universalists today have many different interpretations of the image. To many, the cup represents religious community, while the flame represents ideas including the sacrificial flame, the flame of the spirit, and more.
What is the Welcoming Congregation Program?
The Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for congregations that see a need to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people. It consists of a series of workshops developed by the UUA. The goal of the workshops is to reduce prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations. A congregation can only call itself “Welcoming” if it has gone through this national Unitarian Universalist Association sponsored program.
When are Services?
Services are held each Sunday morning at 10:30am and last no longer than 12pm. There is coffee and cookies following each Sunday service because we value social time, an excellent opportunity for visitors to get to know us in a casual way.
What do people wear to Services?
Dress is casual; some people dress more formally and that’s fine, too.
Where are you located?
We are located at 355E. Lorain St., Oberlin, Ohio 44074