FAQ

What makes Unitarians (or Unitarian-Universalists) different?

Our openness. We don't claim to have answers to life's mysteries. Instead, a Unitarian’s challenge is to discover life's meaning for him or herself. But none of us is alone in this task. We help each other in many ways, including sharing our discoveries and our questions. And we have fun at the same time!

 

What do its members think of the Unitarian Fellowship of Sarnia and Port Huron?

Surveys tell us that our members value our community most of all. We offer a place of comfort for people whose spirituality doesn't always fit within the confines of traditional religion, or within any religion. We are gentle with each other, respect each others' beliefs (or non-belief) and encourage each other in our individual spiritual journeys.

 

What is the religious background of our members and friends?

To some extent, the Unitarian Fellowship is a haven for spiritual refugees. Most of our members were raised in another faith, but found they couldn't accept the beliefs they were expected to adopt. Other members are not religious in the conventional sense; many do not believe in God. However, they are interested in meaning, in morality, in the larger questions of life and we talk about deep issues without fear of censure.

 

Is everyone welcome?

Yes. One of our core principles is respect for everyone. Whether black, white, gay, straight, Christian, atheist ... it doesn't matter. The only people who find it difficult to fit in are those who are certain that their way is the right way, and demand that others follow suit.

 

How many members does the UFSPH have?

We have over 40 members, and a significant number of others who are friends and supporters. The congregation is small and intimate. We have no plans to become a "megachurch." We come from both the Sarnia area and the Port Huron area (where the Fellowship was founded in 1956). Everyone enjoys our special Canadian-American bond!

 

When are services?

From 11 a.m. – 12 Noon. on Sunday. We have coffee and goodies following the service, so plan on staying afterwards to chat and make friends. On the 4th Sunday of every month we have a lunch of home-made soup and bread.

 

Where are services?

In the main floor meeting room (Kiwanis Room) of the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre, 180 College Ave. N. There is a map on the home page.

 

What is the dress code?

Dress is casual. Jeans and a casual shirt are fine. Some people dress more formally, so you can too, if you want.

 

If I visit, can I bring my children?

Of course! The children enjoy being present with the adults for the first half hour of the service to sing, share a “story for all ages” and light candles of joys and concerns before leaving for the second 30 minutes or so for a varied program with volunteer leaders.

 

What should the kids wear?

Something they can play in.

 

If I visit, will there be a 'hard sell?'

No. We value and respect free choice. In fact, the right of personal conscience is another of our core principles.

 

If I visit, should I put money in the offering basket?

That's up to you. You can add a few dollars if you want, or nothing at all.

 

Is there a central organization?

Yes. We are a member of the Canadian Unitarian Council (www.cuc.ca), the parent body of almost 50 congregations across Canada. We are also an associate member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (www.uua.org), representing almost a quarter of a million Unitarians (Unitarian-Universalists) in the United States.