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Your First Visit FAQ

Member Ann Miller-Rillo Welcomes All!When do you meet?
Our weekly "church service" begins at 10:30 AM every Sunday. 

Where do you meet?
4451 Dunsmore Avenue in La Crescenta, CA. See our Map & Directions page.

What do I wear to church?
You are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable. "Business casual" is generally the norm here. For men, Dockers or jeans and a shirt with a collar (no tie) are common and women wear dresses or pants/jeans. Some prefer their "Sunday best" and that's great too. "Play clothes" for children is just fine!

Will I be pressured to join or to be saved?
No. In fact, people sometimes think we are being aloof because we don't approach our visitors as if we were selling used cars. We'll welcome you at the door. We'll send you our newsletter for a while. We'd be happy to have you join us, but we won't try to push ourselves onto you. We'll never pressure you to be saved, either. We don't believe in salvation by grace. That is where the "Universalist" part of "Unitarian-Universalists" comes in which you can read more about on our Beliefs FAQ page.

Is there Children's Sunday School during church?
Yes.
 Our Youth Programing begins with our regular Sunday Service at 10:30 AM.  The first 15 minutes of the service is devoted to Inter-generational Family Time. Then, children and teens exit together to their own classroom activities.

For children who wish to remain in the service with their family, we provide each child with a "Kid Kit" of UU relevant coloring pages, crayons, activities & stickers in a take-home tote which engages and entertains them as needed.

How can an agnostic go to church?
By automobile, bicycle or on foot.

Seriously, this is one of the things about us that puzzles people. Why would an agnostic (atheist, humanist...) go to church? We give people a place to explore and grow spiritually. We teach their children to respect all religions. We give people a chance to work for social justice in a group. An agnostic working alone would have a hard time feeding 120 homeless people. Finally, there is the social aspect. Even agnostics like potlucks.

Are you "the church that doesn't believe in anything"?
No. We believe in many things, among them the worth and dignity of every person. We don't all believe the same thing about the nature of God. This annoys, amuses and confuses Protestants, Catholics and Jews alike.

Will I be welcome?
Yes. We mean that welcoming statement on the Home page. Over the years UUCVH has grown our membership with people of every income level, every nationality, young and old, walking and wheeling, straight, lesbian and gay. We have members of many different heritages and cultures. We have engineers, carpenters, teachers, bakers, writers, artists, computer programmers, unemployed people, house wives, house husbands, lawyers, students and retired people. We welcome them all. We will welcome you.

Will I be welcome even if I'm gay or lesbian?
Yes. Our denomination is famous for welcoming people regardless of affectional orientation or gender indentity. Specifically, our UUCVH congregation has openly welcomed LGBTQs for decades. As of June 2013, we are now legally recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation! We celebrate and affirm our Welcoming status together as LGBTQs & Allies!   

What goes on during the worship services? UUCVH Sunday Service
A typical service lasts about an hour and includes a welcome greeting, Inter-generational Time, musical interludes with meditation/prayer, singing hymns, responsive readings, a main sermon message, and a closing benediction. After the Service, we share refreshments and conversation (with juices & snacks for the kids) in our Fellowship Hall.

Does your denomination have diverse beliefs?
Yes. Some grew up with orthodox faith; some come from unchurched backgrounds. Some of us are still Christian or Jewish. Some of us are "spiritual but not religious", secular humanists, agnostics or atheists. Some of us believe in earth-based or Pagan spirituality. Some of us are Buddhists. We all believe in the search for truth and a deeper meaning in life.

Where can I learn more?
For a thorough discussion, you can download our 56 page pdf titled "100 Questions Non-Members Ask About Unitarian Universalism".  For quicker answers, check out our Beliefs FAQ page.  Or, Email us anytime. Best yet, come check us out this Sunday!