We are a community of religiously liberal people who gather on a weekly basis to share our values in a Sunday service setting, and who work (and play!) together to establish an atmosphere of principled seeking and ethical living on a day-to-day basis.
We meet at 10:30am on Sundays at the Woman’s Club at 518 B St in Petaluma, CA. Click here for directions.
What to expect if you visit:
We number around 70 members, and usually 40 to 60 will be in attendance on any given Sunday.
Some say that there is no such thing as a “typical” UUP Sunday service.” Several things can be said, though.
We gather at 10 a.m. for pre-service social time, which includes, usually, coffee, tea, apple juice, and bagels. Our service begins at 10:30 a.m. We provide child care for the very young during the service, and older children may attend our Religious Education classes as guests. Children stay in the service for the first 15 minutes or so, which includes a story specifically for them, and then they leave to gather in their classes.
“New to UU” Visitors’ Orientation: On the third Sunday of each month, we host a brief gathering immediately following the service for anyone interested in finding out more about Unitarian Universalism or about our congregation. Please join us, and bring your questions! Group meets near the fireplace.
Our services include readings, a couple of hymns or songs, brief silence, and a message of some kind. Once each month, our part-time minister, Mary Foran, leads worship and delivers the message of the morning, and on the other Sundays, we have a message delivered by a guest speaker, a member of UUP, or we engage in participation services. Dress is casual–wear what makes you comfortable!
Unitarian Universalist congregations are democratic institutions–our decisions are made by us, not by any outside authority. Our structure is based on a Board and Committees–members volunteer to make the congregation function, and we are entirely supported by our own donations. To get a better sense of who we are and what we stand for, please read the full text of UUP’s Vision Statement (see below).
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The Vision of the Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma
The purpose of this congregation is to provide a haven where members can share in a spiritually, culturally, and socially diverse local religious community. We envision a congregation that will be welcoming to all, that values the contributions of each member in shared ministry, and that actively promotes and models individual development of an ethical way of living. We are intentionally intergenerational, and covenant to provide religious education and spiritual growth for children and adults.
The Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma are committed to providing an open-minded, embracing religious presence in the Petaluma community, that examines, adopts and practices the “Seven Principles” and the “Living Tradition” of the Unitarian Universalist Association.