UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM

The roots of Unitarian Universalism in North America go back to the independent and self-governing churches of colonial New England. Our heritage reaches back to religious and social reformers in England, Poland, and Transylvania, Romania.

Today our church is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations out of Boston, MA. The UUA has more than 1,000 member societies throughout the world. As a member of this association, we affirm the UU principles to support:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in
    our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation and in society at large
  • A world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

For more information regarding Unitarian Universalism, please visit the home page of the Unitarian Universalist Association at www.uua.org

WRESTLING WITH QUESTIONS

“No liberal religious community is ever going to have all the answers. If we had all the answers, there wouldn’t be any need for questions, and questions are how we learn and grow … I hope we can be open to wrestling with the questions life brings. And I hope that we will want to do that wrestling together, for we can learn more by sharing our questions than by just insisting our answers are correct.”

~THE REV. BARBARA WELLS

ARTICULATING YOUR UU FAITH

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Our children’s religious education program is designed by our teachers to fit the needs and abilities of our children. It emphasizes the values inherent in the seven guiding Unitarian Universalist Principals. Additionally, we will explore world religions to find common truths, learn about and celebrate national holidays and religious holidays of many faiths. Always, lessons will emphasize moral values as a guide to living.

REL_EDU

Child care is provided for those too young to participate in Religious Education instruction.

The children’s version of the seven Unitarian Universalist principals:

  • Every person is important.
  • We are kind to each other.
  • We help each other learn.
  • Each person searches for what is true.
  • All persons deserve a say in what happens.
  • We work to build a fair and peaceful world.
  • We care for the earth and all creatures.

SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVITIES

Children participate in social justice activities, such as working to earn money to buy animals for Heifer International, participating in the Great American Cleanup, and helping in our food pantry garden to support the Caritas Food and Clothing Pantry in Beloit, WI.

CIRCLE

 

FIRST TIME VISITORS

We are a small congregation of people who came together to create a new Unitarian Universalist Church in the Rock Valley region of north central Illinois in 2001. With a common ground to search for meaning, and a commitment to our spiritual journey, our membership includes people of diverse thought and action. In every gathering, we are exposed to new ideas and religious diversity from a variety of authors, teachers, and prophets.  By coming together in a community in order to express and feel that which is spiritual in our lives, we recognize the desire to share spirituality as a group as well as individuals on their own separate spiritual paths. Our spirituality includes our essence, that unnamable ‘something’ that makes us who we are.

We are a non-creedal church and welcome people of all faith traditions who want to grow in spirit, believe in the worth and dignity of all life, and seek answers to life’s questions from many sources.  If you are looking for a church to call home or are just curious about Unitarian Universalism, we invite you to visit our church and meet the people that make it so very special.

COME VISIT US

We eagerly welcome new people and new ideas, and we hope that you will decide to come visit us. When you do, we’d like to make your first visit as pleasant and productive as possible by providing answers to some commonly asked questions.

WHEN SHOULD I VISIT ?

Every Sunday at 10:30 AM we gather for our church service.  Our Summer schedule is often different – see the June or July Newsletter or Events at the Chuch.

WHAT ARE SERVICES LIKE ?

Each service includes singing of hymns (we love to sing), readings, sharing of joys and concerns, meditation or prayer, and a sermon or a discussion of a current topic. As a part of every service, those who wish light candles to honor our joys and concerns, acknowledging our heartfelt connection with one another.  After the service, we gather in the “Garden room” for refreshments and conversation.

WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS ARE THERE FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN ?

We provide childcare for children under four during the first part of service and during RE class time. Children four and older usually stay with their family for the first part of the service, including a “Story for All Ages.”  After the story, the children are sung out of the main Sanctuary and go to their Religious Education classes across the hall.  We are very proud of our active Religious Education Program – many of our parents play a critical role in determining the education of our youth.  If you are a first time visitor with a small child, please reach out to the greeters when you come in, so that they may let the RE staff know you are here and give you a tour of our classrooms and child-care area.  We want both parents and children to have a good experience at UUCRV – please let us know how we can help!

WHERE CAN I FIND YOU ?

You can find us at the corner of School St. and Route 75 (across from Lane’s Auto Service & Car Wash) in Rockton, IL. Our building is the former Stephen Mack School.  Our location is wooded, and at first glance may look like a park.  We have a small parking lot off of School street, or you can park on the street.

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ARE YOU WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE ?

Our church is accessible for the handicapped, but does not have handicapped facilities in the restrooms.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO SERVICES ?

Dress causally and comfortably – you are welcome just as you are.  Many members come to church in pants and a sweater.