Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the religious background of your members?
The religious background of a majority of our membership stems from Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, and "none". During our latest search for our current minister, Rev. Misty-Dawn Shelly, we asked our members and friends this question (their answers follow):
14. In addition to Unitarian Universalism, what faith traditions are important in your religious development?
Buddhism 55.9% 57
Hinduism 12.7% 13
Islam 3.9% 4
Judaism 23.5% 24
Neo-Paganism 17.6% 18
Theological Christianity 34.3% 35
Religious Humanism 56.9% 58
Taoism 23.5% 24
Other 5.9% 6
Quite a few of our members were raised in another faith, and have found they could not accept the beliefs they were expected to adopt. Other members are not religious in the conventional sense; many do not believe in god. However, all of us are interested in meaning, in morality, in the larger questions of life. Here, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, we can talk about deep issues without fear of censure.
What do you mean by Welcoming Congregation?
A Welcoming Congregation means that we welcome and celebrate the presence and participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. We celebrate and affirm all people. Unitarian Universalism is a religion of inclusion, not exclusion.
So, everyone is welcome?
Yes. One of our central beliefs is respect for everyone. Whether brown, red, black, white, gay, straight, Christian, atheist ... it does not matter. The only people who find it difficult to fit in are those who are certain that their way is the right way and demand that others follow suit.
What makes Unitarian Universalists different?
Our openness. We do not claim to have answers to life’s mysteries. Instead, a UU’s challenge is to discover life’s meaning for themselves. Although we each find our own meaning, none of us is alone in this task. We help each other in many ways, including sharing our discoveries and our questions. And we have fun at the same time!
Is childcare offered?
Yes. We have three wonderful childcare providers. Feel free to stay the first time or two with your child in the Nursery to let them get accustomed to us. During our regular church year (mid-August through May) we have a religious education program for children and youth from the age of three through high school and these classes meet at 10 AM; children of all ages are encouraged to worship with their family during the service.
What time do you meet?
Services are at 11 AM every Sunday morning. Our church calendar year runs mid-August through Memorial Day (May). During the church year, at 10 AM, we offer Youth Religious Education for children and youth and for the adults, we have our Forum and our First and Fourth Sunday Study Circles. Our Sunday Worship Service starts at 11 AM; children are encouraged to attend the service with their family.
What should we wear?
We are casual here and our members and friends will run the entire gamut from jeans to Sunday best. Wear what you are most comfortable in and then you will be in your right element.
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Webmistress note: Many thanks to the Paint Creek UU for their ideas on answering some of your Frequently Asked Questions.