Covid-19 Info & Updates

UUS is currently in Phase 3 of our Covid-19 reopening plan. Services are multiplatform, with both in person and virtual participation.

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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!

Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. and last for about an hour. Fellowship time follows the service in person and over Zoom.

You will find Information on childcare and religious education classes in the children & youth section below. 

Service overview

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.

Families, children, & youth

Our services are multigenerational, with topics and themes geared for all ages. 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.

 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. The worship service will be projected in the Fellowship Hall. Religious Education Team members will facilitate activities and encourage fellowship within this space. For families who wish to quietly participate in the service separately, the RE Commons will also be available, which is located to the side of the Sanctuary with a glass window and speakers so the service can be seen and heard.  We are also working on providing service streaming within classrooms to provide a safe and closed-off environment for families who feel more comfortable worshiping as a single-family unit, or as part of a smaller multi-family pod.

Typically during Sunday services we also offer free childcare in our nursery for children 0-3 years old, however the nursery is currently closed due to the COVID pandemic.

Contact our Director of Religious Education (education@uusic.org) with questions about Sunday programming and how to participate.