Your First Visit

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What kind of religion is Unitarian Universalism?

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith; we teach ethical living rather than doctrinal conformity. Individual members have their own beliefs about God, the possibility of an afterlife, etc., within a broad range of theologies.  With roots in the liberal wing of Protestant Christianity, we now also embrace the wisdom of the world’s religions, and seek to build lives of beauty, love, and justice.

We trace our origins in Westborough to the town’s First Church, organized in 1724.  We are an independent congregation affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations,  http://www.uua.org/, which is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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From the Sunday after Labor Day to mid-June, we meet every Sunday for worship in our large worship space, the sanctuary, at 10:30 A.M.  Most Sunday worship services are led by our minister, but some are lay-led.  During the summer we have lay-led conversations in a smaller room, the chapel.

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How do I get involved?

The best place to start is to visit us on Sunday morning for worship. Everyone is welcome. When you come, sign up at the guest table, and you’ll get the newsletter and can see all the activities and events of the church.   We offer a program for newcomers who want to know more about the church and membership.

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What do I wear to worship?

Blue jeans?  Sport coat and tie?  Sneakers?  Dress, skirt, pants?  Come as you are. People come, and are comfortable, in everything from business casual to informal attire.

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What do I do with my children when I visit?

Religious Education (Sunday school) classes take place during the 10:30 a.m. service. Children typically begin either in the Sanctuary or at their own opening, and then head for their Religious Education (R.E.) classes.  Greeters can help you find where you should take your children; children are also welcome to stay with you in the church Sanctuary.  See more details about the R.E. program on this site.

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What do you mean when you say, “Everyone is Welcome”?

All people who seek spiritual growth and ethical living are welcome. We welcome people into full participation regardless of class, income, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence of a disability, or any other status or identity. All floors/levels of our building are accessible by an elevator at the Ruggles Street entrance (bathrooms, however, do not meet all accessibility standards).  Large print hymnals are available from the ushers for people who have vision difficulties.