Visitor FAQ

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You may have some questions when searching for a spiritual home. Here are questions often asked by newcomers.

When are your services?
From September through May, UUCC has a two-service format, with Sunday worship at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. During summer months, we worship at 10 a.m.

Where are you located?
We are located in Columbia, Maryland, in the village of Owen Brown. View driving directions.

What is the dress code?
Members wear everything from jeans and sneakers to traditional Sunday best.

May my child stay with me during the service?
Yes, children are welcome. However, Religious Education classes are also available and, for very young children, a nursery is available. Also, personal listening devices are available for those with infants that need tending outside of the sanctuary.

Are Sunday school classes available for my children?
Yes. We offer religious education classes for children at both services. Classes are designed to be hands-on, participatory and fun. Find out more.

What is Unitiarian Universalism? What do you believe?
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion -- that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that religious authority lies not in a single book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We are a "non-creedal" religion: we do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. Rather, each member is encouraged to embark on a conscientious, life-long quest for religious beliefs in which they come to feel deeply they must believe. To find out more about Unitarian Universalism, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association web site at www.uua.org. 

Do you offer pastoral counseling?
Pastoral care is provided to members of the congregation by ordained clergy and by volunteer laity. Read more here.

What are the expectations of membership?
Expectations of membership as adopted by the UUCC Board in June 2006:

As members of UUCC, we will, to the best of our abilities and according to the dictates of our consciences, contribute to this congregation financially and with our time and energy, attend services regularly and otherwise participate in the life of this congregation, and through this congregation, enrich ourselves spiritually.

How do I become a member?
Becoming a member of our congregation consists of signing the membership book in the presence of the minister or a member of our board, thereby making an explicit commitment to participate as a member of our religious community, upholding UUCC's mission, sharing your talents, your resources and your energy with others in a life-long spiritual quest founded in Unitarian Universalist religious values. Get Connected classes with Rev. Kären Rasmussenand one-hour membership sessions with Rev. Paige Getty are held quarterly.

To discuss membership in the congregation or for any questions about UUCC, please contact our Membership Committee.  

Worship With Us

May 28 at 10:00am 
(note change to one worship service)
Intern Minister Anthony Jenkins will preach
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General Information:

  • Academic Year: Two identical services at 9am and 11am.  
  • Summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend): One service at 10am.
Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center (Directions), Sanctuary C, 2nd floor, East end of the building.  Read more about worship.

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