On Sunday mornings, we celebrate and learn together with a Unitarian Universalist service. The flaming chalice is a symbol of UU faith, so our service always begin with a chalice lighting. As the Unitarian Universalist Association notes, there are "many different interpretations of the flaming chalice, including the light of reason, the warmth of community, and the flame of hope." At MVUUC, our chalice represents all of these things. After our chalice is lit, service begins. Typical Sunday Services include:


  • Music and Song: We have a pianist that typically plays on Sunday mornings, but we are also pleased to welcome guest musicians of all types from time to time. In addition, we have a Choir that sings on most Sundays, and the congregation is asked to join the Choir in many songs, typically out of our hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition. We also frequently sing popular, secular songs that speak to the Sunday morning theme or topic.

  • Readings: At various points in the service, "Readings" are read from a variety of sources, including popular fiction, poetry books, autobiographies, spiritual writings (e.g., the Bible, the Koran, etc.), and more. These Readings are selected by the Sunday Services Committee or the invited lay person leading service that particular day. Typically readings are selected that speak to the mornings theme or topic.

  • Sermon/Talk: Sunday services are lay-led. The guest speaker gives a prepared talk to the congregation. The Sermon/Talk is on a topic of interest to us as Unitarian Universalists. It may relate to one of our 7 principles, may be about a contemporary social action issue, or about finding meaning and hope in life. To learn more about sermons, you can read some of Rev. Lynn's past sermons.

  • Offertory: During "offertory," a collection basket is passed as the congregation listens to music.  Attendees give donations at this time, if they are able.

  • Joys & Concerns: During Joys and Concerns, people attending service are invited to come forward and share a joy, concern, or milestone with the congregation. This public voicing and witnesses helps us create a sense of community and connection.