UUA GA chaliceWe look forward to welcoming you to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF). The information below should help with your first visit. You might plan to arrive a little early to get to know the campus – especially if you’re bringing children. To learn more about events at UUCF, click the What’s happening tab at the top of the website. Click here to subscribe to our Thursday email announcements.

What do Unitarian Universalists believe?
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. We believe individuals are entitled to their own search and that not all people share the same beliefs.We believe there is wisdom and value in most all religions, but that no one religion has all the answers. Unitarian Universalism draws from many different religions, in the belief that no one religion has all the answers and that most have something to teach us. See more information at “What’s a UU?”

In this video, Unitarian Universalists describe what they believe.

When are your services?
In the summer, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend we gather Sundays at 10 a.m. The rest of the year we have two services: Sundays at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Where are you located?
We are located at 2709 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton, between Rt. 123 (Chain Bridge Rd.) and Lawyers Rd. When you come into the parking lot there are designated visitor parking spots up the driveway on your left. We have 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?
We are casual here, so please dress comfortably. Children often go outside for their classes, so please make sure they are dressed for the current weather.

What will my children do?
During the school year we have a variety of religious education (we call this program Religious Exploration [RE]) classes during both services: 

Sundays at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
We offer classes for ages 2 through High School. Please check the RE page for more information.

Summer at 10 a.m.
We have multi-age groups for age 2 through Grade 8 all summer and Grades 9-12 in June and August. Classes for children and youth are held in the Program Building. Infants and toddlers can go to the Nursery, located in the Sanctuary Building.

Most services, children and youth will spend their full time in Chapel worship and Religious Exploration classes. As visitors, your children are welcome to stay with you in the Sanctuary, or attend the appropriate class for their age. On the first Sunday of each month, children K-Grade 6 begin in the Sanctuary with their parents/guardians and then go to their classes after about 15 minutes. On all other Sundays, Children in Grades 4-6 begin in the Sanctuary, and those in K-3 go to a short worship service in the Chapel of the Program Building before their classes. Preschoolers and Grades 7-12 go straight to class every week. Several weekends each year, usually around holidays, there are no classes and children and youth attend the full service. You are welcome to sit in on your child(ren)’s class or the Chapel worship service anytime you would like to.

What about my baby?
We have paid Nursery staff to care for infants through age 2. The Nursery is located in the Sanctuary Building. You may bring your baby into the service with you or, if your baby is fussy, sit with him or her in the lounge and still be able to hear the service.

Are there classes for adults?
Our adult classes are generally held on Sunday afternoons and on some weeknights. Classes are featured in on our What’s happening page and are listed here as well.

What should I do when I arrive?
Services are held in the Sanctuary Building – the large building on your right as you come in from the parking lot. Please stop inside the main entrance at our Welcome Table for a name tag and visitor information.

How large is the congregation?
We have more than 1,200 congregants, including members, friends, children and youth.

What are your services like?
Most of our services are professionally led by at least one of our ministers. We have music and readings and usually a sermon. Music is a key part of our service as we have many talented musicians in our congregation. We also usually have quiet time for reflection. Refreshment time follows each service in our Commons area adjacent to the Sanctuary. If you would like to identify yourself as a visitor so that congregants can greet you, please take a green mug for your coffee or tea.

What if I have other questions?
Please contact Member Services Coordinator Carol Jensen, 703-281-4230, if you need more information before or after you visit.