What Happens on Sunday
Our regular Sunday Worship, Children's Religious Education & Nursery care begin at 9:30 am early September to mid-May. A second worship begins at 11:15. There is no Religious Education classes during second service, but nursery care is available for children 5 and under all year round. Youth groups meet in the evening 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Check our calendar for the single 10 am late spring/summer service schedule.
What is a typical Sunday church service like?
Sunday Worship at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County generally includes opening music, the lighting of our chalice, hymns, sharing of joys and concerns, spoken or silent meditation, our minister's sermon or a guest speaker's presentation, and closing words and music. Each week's sermon provides inspiration and food for thought in our daily living. Our minister seeks to integrate spiritual themes and current events to make his message relevant to the lives of those who come to worship.
What symbols do you display in your churches?
In the sanctuary of most Unitarian Universalist churches, you will find no traditional signs or symbols. However in some churches which have chosen to retain their liberal Christian identity, you may see a cross, open bible, or some other Christian symbol. A few churches display Christian symbols for historic purposes only. Other churches, demonstrating their belief that there is wisdom in each of the world's religions, display symbols of many faiths: Christian, Judaism, Islam, Eastern, Native American, and others.
In the UUCDC Sanctuary you will find some beautiful handcrafted quilts - made by some of our congregants and through our large glass windows, a gorgeous view of the trees outdoors. You will also find a flaming chalice.
What is the significance of the flaming chalice?
In the days preceding World War II, the Boston-based Unitarian Service Committee was attempting to rescue Unitarians and other religious liberals from those parts of Europe (notably Czechoslovakia) where their lives were threatened by Nazism. The flaming chalice was the code by which those needing to be rescued identified themselves to the Unitarian Service Committee.
This symbol, which came into widespread use in Sunday services during the last 20 years, is usually lit at the beginning of the service, accompanied by a simple spoken ritual. In our services today the chalice symbolizes wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual insight, and the flame that rises from the chalice represents the light of illumination and understanding.
What happens after church?
After our worship services we invite you to join us for fellowship and refreshments at our Fair Trade Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall opposite the sanctuary. Stop by the Visitor's desk in the foyer, for more information about the church, and literature about Unitarian Universalism. Our greeters and most any other member of our congregation can answer your questions. If you have brought your children with you and have signed in as a visitor, expect a call from our Director of Religious Education. She will be able to answer any questions you might have about our programs for children and youth.
Everyone of every faith, denomination, creed and belief system is welcome to join us as we seek greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us.