FAQ for Visitors

Are visitors welcome?
Very much so.  On your way into the sanctuary, look for the Visitors’ Table where someone from the Newcomers Team will greet you warmly and give you a name-tag if you want one. Find more information about our programs to welcome you in the Visitors & Newcomers section of this Web site.

What’s the worship service like?
Our services draw from many traditions and sources. Worship services may include stories, scripture, poetry, proverbs, and other readings that reflect the rich heritage of human spirituality. Musical contributions from the choir, and other talented musicians from the congregation and the community, form an important part of our service.

While our service may vary a bit from week to week, there are some common elements. There is a welcome and greeting. Lighting the chalice (symbol of Unitarian Universalism) is followed by singing of a hymn. Words for all ages follow. Children usually (except at the 9:15 service) attend the first part of the service and then go to classes.

The minister or the Worship Associate shares joys, sorrows, or concerns of the congregation. There are readings, a time of meditation and a musical selection, followed by the sermon, another hymn, and the offering. We close by extinguishing the chalice and standing (in body or spirit) and joining hands as the closing words are offered.

How do I get to WUU?
We are located at 3051 Ironbound Road. For a detailed map, click on location, or view a larger map

Should I bring my children?
Bring Your Children!  WUU offers nationally recognized Religious Education Programs for children and youth, facilitated by members of our congregation under the direction of our Director of Religious Education.

What do “UUs” believe?
Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion that encourages seekers to follow their own spiritual paths. There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote, and we at WUU have a covenant that embodies these principles, and mission and vision statements to guide us.

With what denomination is WUU affiliated?
We are part of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), headquartered in Boston, MA. The UUA was formed in 1961 through the consolidation of two faith traditions, the Universalist Church of America, organized in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association, organized in 1825. Today the UUA is a religious family of more than 1,000 congregations that support each other and bring to the world a theology of tolerance, interdependence and compassion.

Interested in Membership?
You are welcome to join WUU after you complete our orientation program, which is  described on the Visitors & Newcomers page. (You are also eligible to join if you are transferring membership from another UU congregation.)

Interested in getting a Newsletter or more information?
To request the next few monthly newsletters be sent to you electronically, or to get more information, send an email to the WUU office at office@wuu.org or call 757-220-6830.  Other sources of information about events and activities are the Calendar on this Web site and the Spiral, a weekly e-mail that you can request at the Visitors’ Table.