You are welcome to UU Santa Fe!
Visitors, out of town UU's, and long time Santa Fe residents are all welcome at this congregation. This is a community with a wide diversity of backgrounds. Members of the congregation include agnostics, atheists, humanists, theists, Buddhists, Christians, and celebrators of earth based religions. We offer everyone a community that will help you grow your own faith, an opportunity to work with others on the same faith journey, and a faith development program for our children and youth to help them make informed and ethical choices in their lives.
What should I wear? Santa Fe is host to many visitors who share our rich cultural history. Santa Fe has a relaxed dress code that reflects our laid back approach to life as well as our tourist economy. UU Santa Fe has that same attitude to attire. While a few members wear dressier outfits, the majority wear casual clothing. Children should wear comfortable clothes and their normal footwear.
When should I arrive? It is best to arrive about 15-20 minutes before service, especially if you have children. Nursery care, children's and youth classes are offered concurrent with the 10:30 a.m. service. Arriving early will give you and your children time to find classes and meet teachers before service begins. Services are at 8:30 a.m. in the library and at 10:30 a.m. The early service is more reflective.
Where do I park and enter the church? There is a large “L” shaped parking lot around the church. You may park in any space, and there are reserved parking places marked “Sunday Visitor Parking”. There are doorways from both sides of the parking lot that enter our inner courtyard. They both lead to the front entry.
What happens after I walk in? A greeter will welcome you as you enter our front door. The greeter will be able to give you information about this congregation and where to enter the services. They will also give you a chance to give us some information about yourself. You may also ask the greeter to point out our information brochure rack. It will have more information about this congregation as well as the Unitarian Universalist faith.
What are services like? When you enter Fogelson Hall, an usher will welcome you and hand you an order of service. You may sit anywhere you like in the worship space, but the left front section is used by people sensitive to fragrances. Towards the beginning of the service, one of the worship leaders will ask if anyone is a visitor. If you are comfortable, you may choose to stand and give your name and where you are from. The service normally consists of opening words, several hymns, some instrumental music, two or more readings, a sermon, and an offering. After services we meet just outside of Fogelson Hall or, weather permitting, in the courtyard, to have a cup of coffee and talk.
What about my children? If you have children we will be glad to introduce you to a leader in our children and youth Faith Development program. Classes for children and youth are available concurrent with the second service. If you want more information about this program please look at the Children's, Youth and Family Ministry information on this website. Of course your children may sit with you in the services if they choose.
Will someone try to pressure me to join or convert? While Unitarians Universalist are very open to others joining our faith and congregation, you will not be pressured to join. If you consider joining UU Santa Fe you should take some time to attend services, allow your children to participate in youth religious education, and consider how well Unitarian Universalism fits your personal faith. If you decide to join the congregation, we offer a set of newcomer classes. The actual process of joining is quite simple: You sign our membership book and make a commitment of your time, talent and treasure to support this congregation.