Welcome! We’re glad you’re interested in checking us out. We gather together in spiritual community because we need reminders of what matters most in life. Sunday gatherings call us to our better selves, where we learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion.
When And Where?
Services are held every Sunday at 10:00 am and typically last until 11:00. Our address is 780 Waupelani Drive, State College, PA 16801. Click HERE for a map.
What Should I Wear?
Dress however you are comfortable. Some people dress casually, while others dress up a little. We go from tees to ties. Kids generally come in play clothes. Wear whatever makes you feel relaxed and at home.
What Are Sunday Services Like?
Within our congregation and our faith tradition there is broad spiritual diversity, so the purpose of our services is not to insist upon any one way of understanding life, but to explore spiritually-engaged life through many different lenses. The Sunday service may be led by our Minister, by a member of our Sunday Services Committee or our broader congregation, or by a visiting guest. The assumption underlying all services is that it is an honest attempt by the person leading the service to interpret an aspect of life through the prism of their own experience as well as through the wisdom of others. That wisdom may stem from humanism, earth-centered faith traditions, liberal Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, ancient or modern philosophy or social justice work. Congregation members agree to listen with an open heart, and to test what they hear in the course of their day-to-day living, finding their own path of truth.
Services typically include lighting the chalice, an opening reading, music, meditation, sharing of joys and sorrows, a homily or sermon, and singing. Unitarian Universalists affirm a diversity of religious ideas and support spiritual development guided by freedom, reason, and conscience. We are united more by shared values than by specific personal theologies.
We invite you to come visit us and see if our open-minded, liberal religion feels right for you.
Who Is Welcome?
We Stand on the Side of Love, promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe that no person should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence. We are a Welcoming Congregation, affirming and including people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life – in worship, in program, and in social occasions – welcoming them as whole people.
What Will My Child(ren) Do On Sunday?
On most Sundays, elementary-aged children attend the first 15 minutes of the service in the sanctuary with their families at 10:00am (all other children & youth start in their classrooms). A Time for All Ages story is shared, usually by the Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE), which is directed towards the children, but meant for the whole congregation. Following the Time for All Ages, children are sung out of the sanctuary down to their classes. Classes continue until 11:15am, providing parents with some social time after the service to connect during coffee hour.
Approximately one Sunday each month, elementary-aged children participate in an hour long Children’s Chapel, usually led by our DLRE. Four to five times throughout the year, all children & youth (minus those in PreK and Childcare) attend a Multigenerational Service in the sanctuary with their families and the rest of the congregation. During the summer months, regular classes take a break and we offer a summer program from 10:00am to 11:00am where elementary children meet together in the Gathering Space downstairs. On the rare “low-attendance” holiday weekends (Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, Spring Break, & Memorial Day), there is an All-Ages program where elementary children meet all together for games, crafts, and activities.
For more information about our Religious Education program, please click HERE.
What Happens When I Get There?
When you enter, you’ll most likely be greeted by a volunteer at our Welcome Table. You can get a nametag, sign-up for our newsletter or weekly e-news, ask questions, or pick up some literature about our Fellowship. Feel free to mingle with folks in the lobby area, head into the Fellowship Hall to get a cup of coffee or a snack, or slip by quietly to find a seat wherever you feel comfortable.
What Happens After The Service?
There’s coffee and food to be had in the Fellowship Hall. Kids and parents may head out to our awesome playground to swing, run, dig in the sand, and share. The jazz band may begin practicing in the sanctuary. Religious Education classes, children’s choir, and the Social Justice committee will have meetings in the various rooms. People play board games and work on puzzles, or sit quietly and read in our library. Or, you can head back out into the world, refreshed, energized, and challenged to live a sincere life as a force for love and healing in our world.