Covid-19 Info & Updates
Services are multiplatform (with both in-person and virtual participation available). Masks are required inside when in shared spaces. Masks are not required for small/medium groups who have come to a covenantal agreement. Click to learn more about our Gathering Plan and the overall UUS COVID response. Read more »
Sundays at UUS
During Sunday services you will find diverse sources of wisdom in support of your personal spiritual journey, a call to love more broadly and actively, a joyous sense of community, and vibrant programs for children & youth.
Location & service times
Join us for Sunday services in our bright and inviting Sanctuary at 2355 Oakdale Road in Coralville. Or join the service virtually from the comfort of your home over YouTube Live!
Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. and last for about an hour. Fellowship time follows the service in person and over Zoom.
Find more details on how to join us in person or over YouTube here.
You will find Information on childcare and religious education classes in the children & youth section below.
You will find in our Sunday services that big questions are addressed, many sources of wisdom are used as guides, and there is no prescribed way to think. Our members have a range of religious perspectives and backgrounds, and they often report a sense of liberation at discovering a community that accepts them for who they are and encourages their growth without dogma or judgement.
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What to wear
We are an informal congregation. While a few might wear a jacket and tie, or dress, others come in clothes suitable for weekend activities. Children are encouraged to dress casually as they may be engaged in arts and crafts or outdoor activities.
Service calendar & leaders
From September through May, most services are led by our minister, with support from lay members and invited guests. During the summer, lay members and guests offer personal explorations related to a particular theme in a somewhat less formal format.
Service format & content
At a typical service you will experience a sermon from our minister or a guest speaker, as well as hymns, readings from the pulpit, responsive readings, time for quiet mediation or prayer, and an offering. If you have attended worship at a protestant church, our service format will likely feel familiar.
But the content of our services is very different from those of most other denominations. In particular, you may notice:
- Our central religious symbol is chalice that we light to begin each service.
- We do not rely on the Bible or any other single source for inspiration. Our themes are guided instead by our Unitarian Universalist principles and supported by a wide range of sources.
- We choose our words carefully in all parts of the service to be inclusive and to speak to each individual’s own spiritual journey. You may even recognize traditional hymns with revised lyrics to speak to a broader audience.
- While we celebrate traditional holidays such as Christmas and Easter, we focus on stories, teachings, and earth-centered rituals rather than on miracles.
- Our time together is more focused on how we can build a better world in this lifetime than on salvation or an afterlife. As part of this commitment, our Sunday offering is donated entirely each week to a local community organization.
Our services are multigenerational, with topics and themes geared for all ages. You can continue to enjoy the Sunday service virtual stream from home, or, if your family is comfortable attending in person, we will offer an RE activity for kids in the RE Commons space during service on Sunday mornings. Activities will be related to our monthly theme and/or the sermon that day and will be geared toward elementary-aged kids. In addition, our Religious Education (RE) Team has created multi-platform programming to provide learning resources, activities, and opportunities to families attending virtually or in person. These will be shared with families through RE emails, the UUS Families Facebook page, and in the service details on our website.
An RE welcome table will be situated between the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall each Sunday. At the table, congregants of all ages will be able to pick up creativity kits to use during worship. These kits will include crayons, markers, paper (construction, plain white paper for doodling, and origami paper), and various fidget toys. Abbreviated creativity kits, contained on clipboards, will contain paper and a box of markers. Congregants will be encouraged to share what they’ve created on a display located inside of the Fellowship Hall.
We are excited to announce a permanent welcoming space for children at the front of the Sanctuary. We ask that parents/guardians plan to sit nearby if their child would like to be in the children’s area. We will offer soft/quiet toys, activities, books and fidgets as well as a large carpet and floor cushions for the children to enjoy in this area.
The Fellowship Hall is open on Sundays for families who wish to participate in worship in person at UUS but not sit in the Sanctuary. Religious Education Team members will facilitate activities and encourage fellowship within this space.
We also offer free childcare in our nursery for children 0-3 years old during Sunday service.
Contact our Religious Education Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about Sunday programming and how to participate.