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People Ask Us

We meet for worship in our sanctuary each Sunday at 9:15 am and 11:00 am. Greeters will be available beforehand in the lobby to welcome you and answer your questions. During the summer (June 12 – September 4) we have one service on Sundays at 10:00 am.

At 9:15 am and 11:00 am most Sundays, all will begin in the sanctuary for the first part of the worship service before going to classes. Specific information about our children’s classes is available here.

Approximately once a month at 9:15 am and 11:00 am, the whole community participates in Worship for All Ages, designed to engage children as well as adults. On these Sundays, all children and youth are invited to attend the worship service in the sanctuary with their parents.

Yes, and we ask that you be considerate of others if your child becomes restless.
Yes, child care is available every Sunday morning.
The Unitarian Church of Evanston is located on the corner of Greenwood Street and Ridge Avenue.
For Sunday services, adults wear everything from suits to jeans, with many wearing casual slacks or skirts. Children are encouraged to wear clothes appropriate to the (occasionally messy) activities in which they will be involved.
We have approximately 400 adult members, and approximately 180 children and youth participate in our religious education program.
Yes! Everyone is welcome, whatever your age, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical challenge, religious background, or political affiliation.
Yes. We have accessible parking, entrances, and restrooms. A chair lift helps with access to our lower level where most religious education classes meet. Headsets with FM receivers broadcasting the worship service are available from the ushers.
We understand the worship service as a time when we hold up those things that are of worth (following the ancient meaning of the term “worship”). Usually, the heart of each service is a sermon given by one of our ministers, with readings, music, and a time of meditation. After the service, coffee and other beverages are available. Usually we have bagels, and sometimes there is a lunch fundraiser after the service.
Music at our worship services ranges from classical to contemporary and represents diverse traditions. On one Sunday you may hear Handel or Bach; on another, African drumming or an original synthesizer composition. The choir supports the congregation in hymn singing and performs gifts of music. The choir welcomes new members.
Our services include a time for prayer or meditation, but the definition (and object) of prayer varies widely from person to person. One idea: “Prayer doesn’t change things. Prayer changes people, and people change things” (from Unitarian Universalist minister Lon Ray Call).
We are non-creedal and non-doctrinal, meaning that individual members hold a wide variety of beliefs.
Historically, both Unitarianism (meaning that God is one) and Universalism (meaning that no one would be condemned to eternal damnation), come out of Christianity. Today, our members include those who identify themselves as humanists, agnostics, atheists, Moslems, Buddhists, Christians, pagans, and “none of the above.” Each person is encouraged to develop his or her own beliefs in keeping with experience and conscience. Our children (adults, too) are encouraged to think for themselves and to ask questions.

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If we haven’t answered your particular question in this FAQ page, please contact the church office for more information.