What to Expect
Each service contains instrumental and vocal music, a 15- to 20-minute message, an opportunity to express joys and sorrows, an offering, a story relating to the message, and a period of meditation or prayer. The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 60 minutes, followed by a period where people may respond to the message of the day.
Each service begins with the lighting of our flaming chalice, a distinctive symbol of UU.
The design originated during WWII as a symbol on documents given to refugees who fled without their identification papers.
The Sunday service is preceded by a Forum, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The Forum provides a setting for discussions of a wide variety of topical subjects, often presented by outside experts, followed by questions and conversation.
Our worship services focus on a wide variety of religious, philosophical, personal, and social issues. Although each service is different, we gather weekly to consider, individually and collectively, that which we hold of highest worth. For some, it’s the community; for others, it’s the natural world; and for still for others, it’s a sense of some sort of something beyond our imagination.
Our inspiration comes from a variety of sources: the wisdom of world religions, teachings from humanist and earth-centered traditions, words and deeds of prophetic people, and the direct experience of individuals.
Music & Choir
Music for our Sunday services is provided by the Tri-UU choir. Led by Music Director Donna Kagan, a professional music educator with extensive experience in the US and the UK, we’ve even added a marimba group to our musical activities.
The Tri-UU choir rehearses on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 pm. Sunday services include traditional hymns, gospel, folk tunes and more, in up to four part harmony. Besides enhancing the service experience for the congregation, the choir members also enjoy the fellowship of making music together (even singing back-up for a recent 'Neil Diamond Evening' performance!)
Everyone who enjoys singing is encouraged to join. Contact Donna at 503-504-4343 or Dbkagan@aol.com . As she likes to remind the timid: “The woods would be silent if no bird sang except the very best!”