Is everyone welcome?
One of Unitarian Universalism’s core values is respect for everyone. If you will join us in respecting others, you are welcome here.
We seek to welcome people of all races, ages, physical abilities, economic circumstances, sexual orientations and gender identities.
What if I need assistance or accommodations to attend?
Our facilities are accessible for wheel-chair users, those with limited mobility or hearing impairment. Please let us know how we can make your visit successful, by emailing us through the CONTACT US [link] tab on this web site.
If I visit, may I bring my children?
During pandemic, we are Zooming Sunday mornings. Children’s Church for pre-schoolers and early elementary starts at 10:15 and lasts for 30 minutes. All are welcome. For youth programming, see our Religious Exploration page.
What is the religious background of OUUF members?
A few of us have been UU’s our entire lives, many of us transitioned from other faiths and denominations. Some were unaffiliated.
How do members describe themselves now?
Some say they’re ‘spiritual but not religious.’ Some say they’re theists, pagans, pantheists, agnostics, atheists, humanists, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus. Some say, ‘all the above.’ We are all interested in exploring life’s larger questions in the context of beloved spiritual community grounded in our principles.
Is this a Christian Church?
The short answer is no. However, when asked if we are a gay church, instead of saying no, we talk about our very friendly gay history. Unitarian Universalism started as two progressive Christian movements that both rejected Christian doctrines, while embracing the concepts of universalist love and ethical behavior as taught by Jesus. Most of us do not identify as Christian. But there is a significant minority of our members who do identify as Christian Unitarian-Universalists. For many of us–Christian and non-Christian UUs–it is deeply meaningful to integrate Christian teachings with our evolving spirituality.
What is the significance of the chalice symbol?
“The metaphor of light is important in Unitarian Universalism. The act of lighting the chalice is a ritual. The flame is a symbol of truth and justice, of the inherent worth and dignity of every person. It is a beacon to guide our way. And it is our only religious symbol.” (Rev. Susan Frederick Gray, President, Unitarian Universalist Association)
What was the Welcoming Congregation Program?
The Welcoming Congregation Program enabled congregations to become more aware and inclusive of LGBTQ+ people. The goal was to reduce prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance. A congregation can only call itself “Welcoming” if it completed this national, Unitarian Universalist Association-sponsored program.
When are Services?
During pandemic, services are Zoomed on Sunday morning at 11 a.m., lasting an hour, followed by informal coffee hour / discussion in Zoom breakout rooms. All are welcome! To request a Zoom link, CONTACT US.
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 355 E. Lorain St., Oberlin, Ohio 44074. Click here for directions.