The origin of the word “worship” is the Old English weorthscipe, which means “worthiness, acknowledgment of worth.” That is what we do when we gather on Sunday mornings – we remind ourselves of what matters most in life. In a world of heartbreak and dehumanization, our congregations and communities call us to our better selves. We learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion. We deepen faith.

At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, our Sunday worship services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. We are inspired by religious sources and the people with whom we journey: the diverse and spirited Unitarian Universalists.

UUCB follows rotating monthly themes based on values historically held by Unitarian Universalists and broad areas of contemporary spiritual life — like Ancestry, Liberation, Blessing, or Simplicity. More than 190 other Unitarian Universalist congregations follow the same themes. So, despite great distances between us, we are spiritually connected by the themes, traveling each month on the same journey. Together, we explore what it means to become a people who live these values.

 

What to Expect

At 9:00 and 11 am every Sunday, we gather in worship to remind ourselves of what matters most in life and to live more deeply. Our children and youth join us for the beginning of every service. 

What to Expect in Worship

If you are visiting for the first time, we invite you to arrive 20 minutes early so we can provide you with a name tag and a warm welcome!

Elements of our typical Sunday morning worship service include:

  • Words of welcome;
  • Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith;
  • Music, both instrumental and vocal, in a variety of styles;
  • A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation;
  • A meditation or prayer;
  • A reading, ancient or contemporary;
  • A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation;
  • An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation and for nonprofit organizations in the community.

Worship sometimes incorporates holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, ceremonies to welcome new members, and coming-of-age services.