If you are new to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF), the information below should help you learn about the congregation. In this time of quarantine, things at UUCF are being done differently than usual, but you’ll still find a community that is coming up with creative ways to be together and fulfill our mission of “transforming ourselves, our communities and the world through acts of love and justice.” To learn more about events at UUCF, click the What’s happening tab under “Events” in the website’s main menu. Click here to subscribe to the Thursday email announcements.
- What do Unitarian Universalists believe?
- When are your services?
- When in-person services resume, how do I get to UUCF?
- What should I wear?
- What will my children do?
- What about my baby?
- Are there classes for adults?
- What should I do the first time I attend and online service?
- How large is the congregation?
- What are your 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?
During the COVID-19 crisis, UUCF holds one service online on Sundays at 10 a.m. Services are accessible via Zoom or live stream. When the congregation is once again able to worship in person, from the first Sunday after Labor Day to the end of May, UUCF will have two Sunday services at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Generally in the summer, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, services are on Sundays at 10 a.m. ⇑
When in-person services resume, how do I get to UUCF?
The address is 2709 Hunter Mill Rd. in Oakton, between Rt. 123 (Chain Bridge Road) and Lawyers Road. When you come into the parking lot, there are designated visitor parking spots up the driveway on your left. There are also several handicapped parking spots in the traffic circle in front of our buildings. You may drive into the circle to drop off passengers. Once you’ve located UUCF, you may find this information about our campus helpful. ⇑
What should I wear?
Most people who attend services and events at UUCF dress casually. Children often go outside for their classes, so please make sure they are dressed for the current weather. ⇑
What will my children do?
For the duration of the quarantine, Religious Exploration (RE) classes will be held online. The times vary depending on age. Please contact Director of Religious Exploration Diana Tycer to get more information about enrolling in UUCF’s online RE classes. During the school year (when the congregation is once-again able to meet in person) RE classes are held for children age 2 through high school. ⇑
What about my baby?
When the congregation is able to meet in person, UUCF has paid Nursery staff to care for infants through age 2 during both worship services. The Nursery is located in the Sanctuary Building. You may also choose to bring your baby into the service with you or sit with them in the Partner Church Room where the service is live streamed. ⇑
Are there classes for adults?
UUCF’s adult classes are generally held on Sunday afternoons and on some weeknights. Many classes have moved to an online format. See information on classes on UUCF’s What’s happening page or here. ⇑
What should I do the first time I attend an online service?
Normally, on your first visit, you would visit the Welcome Table in the Sanctuary so a Welcomer could greet you in person. Since we don’t have the opportunity to make that one-on-one connection, we hope that you will let our Welcomers know you are visiting virtually. There are two ways to connect with the Welcome Team. You can send an email with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can fill out a visitor form so that we can help you get connected. ⇑
How large is the congregation?
UUCF has more than 1,000 congregants, including members, friends, children and teens. ⇑
What are your services like?
Most UUCF services are professionally led by at least one of the ministers. Services include music and readings and usually a sermon. UUCF is blessed with many talented musicians, so music is a key part of each service. There is also usually quiet time for reflection. ⇑