If you are new to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF), the information below should help you learn about the congregation. You’ll find a community that uses creative ways to fulfill our mission of “transforming ourselves, our communities and the world through acts of love and justice.”
UUCF offers an Inquirers Series for newcomers and visitors. This is a drop-in series of nine conversations about Unitarian Universalism and about UUCF people, programs and activities. The series is led by UUCF’s Assistant Minister Rev. Christin Green. The inaugural run of the series started on Sep. 11, 2022, and the entire series will repeat periodically throughout the year.
- What do Unitarian Universalists believe?
- When are UUCF services?
- What should I do the first time I attend an online service?
- Are there restrictions related to COVID-19?
- How do I get to UUCF?
- Are there opportunities for my children to engage in online activities?
- Are there classes for adults?
- How large is the congregation?
- What are your worship services like?
- What if I have other questions?
Unitarian Universalists believe in loving our neighbors as ourselves, working for a better world, searching for truth with an open mind, using reason to help us explore religious ideas and granting everyone the right to choose their own beliefs. Unitarian Universalism is a way of being religious rather than embracing a specific religious doctrine. UUs believe individuals are entitled to their own search and that not all people share the same beliefs. Unitarian Universalism draws from many different religions and UUs believe there is wisdom and value in most all religions, that most have something to teach us, but that no one religion has all the answers. ⇑
When are UUCF services?
UUCF offers multiplatform worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The Sanctuary is fully open for worship without reservations. Masks are required in indoor spaces. Services are also broadcast via livestream. The service is rebroadcast each Sunday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. ⇑
What should I do the first time I attend an in-person or an online service?
Visitors are greeted in person and receive a Welcome Packet. For those attending via live stream, the greeting and Welcome Packet are virtual. Hopefully, you’ll take advantage of one of the two ways to connect with the Welcome Team. You can send an email with your name to email@example.com or you can connect with the team by filling out a visitor form. Whichever method you choose, we look forward to meeting you! ⇑
Are there restrictions related to COVID-19?
The UUCF campus is open and worship services, Religious Exploration classes and small groups and meetings are held in person and on Zoom. Masks are required in all indoors spaces. Full information on UUCF activities, including Zoom options, is at uucf.org/happening. ⇑
Are there opportunities for my children to engage in in-person or online activities?
UUCF’s Welcome Forward Family Ministry offers Sunday classes for children and teens and youth groups for middle and high schoolers. Find out more at uucf.org/family-ministry. ⇑
Are there classes for adults?
Yes, Welcome Forward Family Ministry also includes a wide range of classes and groups for adults and multi-generational groups. From small group Soul Matters discussions to social justice committees, from music classes to parenting groups, there is something going on almost every day at UUCF, both in person and via Zoom. You can find all the events and classes on the What’s Happening page.⇑
How large is the congregation?
UUCF has about 1,000 congregants, including members, friends, children and teens. ⇑
What are your worship services like?
Most UUCF services are professionally led by at least one of the ministers. Services include music and readings and usually a sermon or homily. UUCF is blessed with many talented musicians, so music is a key part of each service. There is also usually time for quiet reflection. ⇑