You are warmly invited to get to know us - in whatever way you feel most at ease. We know that some folks prefer a quiet "checking us out" method while others want to "jump right in" and test the waters - and there are many ways you can find out more about this faith community that accommodate every style!
Our Sunday services are a great way to experience our community. While our services follow the same basic structure - each is different! Attending several services will give you a good sense of our church community and allow you to see if this can be your faith home.
Bring the Family
We have a Nursery staffed by professional providers and we have a "wiggle room" in our Meeting House. Children are welcome to enjoy the beginning of each Worship Service with the entire congregation and are then invited to join with the appropriate age group for Religious Education classes. Our Children's and Youth RE classes are fun learning opportunities that can include arts and crafts, games, and discussion.
Stay for Social Hour
After each worship service, volunteers work hard at providing a fabulous offering of coffee, tea and refreshments. We also sell organic, fair trade coffee. On many Sundays, homemade, organic and vegan fare is commonplace. Join us as we visit, renew, and socialize in Bard Hall following each service.
Attend a 'Making Connections at First UU' Meeting
These meetings take place following both services on the first and third Sunday of each month. Join the Connections Committee to learn about the groups and activities on campus and how you can plug in to all this community has to offer.
Take a Class
The Religious Education program at First Church offers classes of interest year-round. From concerts to meditation, from theatrical performances to guest speakers, there’s always plenty to choose from. For more information, visit our Education page.
Sign Up For a Class or Course
We have many classes, courses, and events that are offered through our Adult RE program. Classes and courses are a great way to learn more while connecting with new friends.
Every few months, First UU offers a course called Building Sacred Ground. Facilitated by ministers, staff and lay leaders, Building Sacred Ground is an experiential four-session program to help people explore Unitarian Universalism, share personal foundations of faith, and get to know a small group of people very well. The series ends with a private tea with ministers where you have a chance to visit, socialize and dialogue. This series is appropriate for newcomers and longtime UUs. By attending these sessions, you will become more deeply involved in church life and have a better understanding of your place in our faith movement. To find out about upcoming sessions, contact our Connections Coordinator.
Become A Member
Membership is a sacred and transformative process and members are asked to participate in church life as fully as possible by carrying out our shared mission to create community, nurture spiritual growth, and act on our values to heal the world. It’s a good idea to attend worship services for at least three months in order to get to know the nature of the community, the theology and the background of Unitarian Universalism before becoming a church member.
More information on membership is given during the quarterly “Becoming a Member Orientation” held the first Sunday of January, April, July, and October at the Hillcrest campus, following worship services. You can also learn more instantly at our Become a Member page or by contacting our Connections Coordinator.