Our congregation focuses on creating vibrant connections between members, with many opportunities to socialize, learn and grow together.
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From classroom teachers, to hospitality teams, to choir singers and A/V techs, our volunteers make our mission possible.
Our services and programming work because of our wonderful volunteers. Interested in assisting our Sunday services? Click below to let us know where you may be most interested in sharing your strengths.
Groups and Service Opportunities
With a vibrant community of groups and teams, there is sure to be somewhere for you to connect with fellow members here at UUS. We have groups focused on faith, shared interests, community service, music, and more!
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Every week has opportunities to connect beyond Sunday and get to know other members.
Justice and Sustainability
We invite you to join with us in living out our Unitarian Universalist principles to treat others with respect and dignity, work for justice, and respect the interdependent web of life of which we are a part.
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Racial & Social Justice
UUS prioritizes using our voices and resources to bring about change. Several groups are dedicated to fighting for systemic change for marginalized groups and working in service for others. Below are just a few examples of the work done by our dedicated Social Justice and Racial Justice teams.
- Educate ourselves and others through speakers, book groups and workshops
- Adopt the eight principle, addressing antiracism within our congregation
- Participate in the Iowa City Free Lunch Program
- Circle of Friends Immigration Action Team sponsors several new families in the area
- Organize charitable drives for area organizations
- Coordinate local efforts for policy-making changes
- Collaboration with the Johnson County Interfaith Coalition, the Center for Worker Justice and Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build projects
- Establish our Community Partner Program, which utilizes our weekly cash offerings to a designated area charitable organization each month
UUS has long supported civil rights for members of the LGBTQ community. In 1997 the congregation voted unanimously to become a Welcoming Congregation and an LGBTQ support group, Interweave, was formed. More recently, dozens of same-sex ceremonies have been performed in our sanctuary since marriage equality was established in Iowa.
- Designated Welcoming Congregation
- Radical Welcome Team formed to carry out our mission
- Intentionally inclusive building facilities and programs
- Annual sponsor and parade participant of Iowa City Pride
- Educational opportunities in small groups such as book clubs and workshops
- O.W.L. (Our Whole Lives) Sexual Education program facilitates inclusive curriculum and is an important part of supporting our LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families
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protect the environment
The congregation was officially recognized as a Green Sanctuary by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2017. The certification process involved several years of preparatory work, followed by a thorough evaluation by an accreditation committee.
As a Green Sanctuary congregation, we are committed to continually educating ourselves on ways to live in greater harmony with the Earth, while creating projects in the following four focus areas:
Sustainable living requires us to treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make. Our commitment to this ideal led us in 2017 to build the “greenest church in Iowa.” Our facility incorporates many sustainable building techniques, is powered largely by solar and geothermal energy, and is surrounded by woodlands that we actively conserve for natural habitat.
Recognizing that marginalized communities are often hit first and hardest by environmental crises, we commit to working in solidarity with communities most affected by climate change. One of our ongoing projects is to send teams to directly assist with the Chico Mendes reforestation project in Guatemala.
Eco-centered worship & celebration
As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship enables us to stay connected to each other and to celebrate the work we have accomplished. We annually celebrate Earth Day, and environmental themes are frequently featured and woven into our services. We also support an active chapter of Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs), an earth-centered spirituality group that conducts frequent rituals, celebrations, and workshops.
Nature-based religious education
Religious education shapes the attitudes and practices of children, families and the entire adult congregation while inspiring us to keep working toward our goal of sustainable practices. Our religious education classes often use our ten-acre woodland property as an outdoor learning environment, and lessons, activities, and field trips frequently center around nature-based themes.
Become a Member
UUS is a community where you are loved and respected for who you are. Membership affords you the opportunity to stretch your horizons, grow spiritually, serve others, and connect with people of like and unlike minds.
Our congregation depends on having people who consider this enough their own community that they support it with their time, talents, and financial resources.
Members agree to:
- Support the eight principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
- Support the mission and vision of the society.
- Participate in the life of the congregation as able, including Sunday services.
- Vote on issues important to the life and work of the church.
- Act on our values through service.
- Support the congregation with their time, talents and financial resources.
To become a member you must:
- Be 14 years of age or older.
- Attend a Starting Point Class series or daylong workshop. Four times a year there is a chance to meet others, meet congregation and group leaders, learn about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, and learn ways to get involved. The class is usually offering as a five part evening series, but occasionally we offer it as a Saturday workshop.
- Make a financial commitment to UUS at whatever level you are able.
- Attend the New Member Covenant Ceremony at a Sunday service.
- Sign the Membership Book and Covenant of Right Relations.