Attend our Worship services at 9:00 am and 11:20 am. Religious Exploration for children, youth and adults is at 10:10 am.
At UUCA, sermons are organized around important topics designed to support you on your spiritual journey and inspire people to build a Beloved Community of progressive spiritual activists in Atlanta.
Each worship series lasts approximately 4-6 weeks. While the same theme is explored throughout the series, each service is a unique experience. With a variety of spiritual sources and practices, music, and opportunities for building connections, Sunday services at UUCA are a welcoming and energizing experience for all.
We encourage everyone to dress comfortably. Dress ranges from shorts to coat and tie; khakis and jeans are common. New to UUCA? Read about what you can expect on a typical Sunday by clicking here
Check out the current Worship series and upcoming services.
Current Worship Series
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
–Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian Visual Artist
Relational activism is working for collective liberation in a way that encourages everyone to offer up their gifts in mutually helpful and respectful ways. It places relationships at the center, because a sense of bondedness can hold people together even when the pressures of justice work threaten to tear them apart. If you’re in relationship, you show up. If you’re in relationship, you listen. If you’re in relationship, you’re willing to receive feedback non-defensively. If you’re in relationship, you appreciate and celebrate accomplishments even if things aren’t perfect and there is yet more to do. Relational Activism is a worship series that aims to inspire Beloved Community relationships in service to justice.
November 19: Relationship Activism and Appreciation (Revs. Makar and Rogers, and Intern Taryn Strauss)
On this Thanksgiving Sunday, we explore joy and gratitude as powers for creating more love and justice in the world. In an imperfect world like ours, the work is never done. We run a marathon and never a sprint. So it is absolutely essential that we find time to appreciate our accomplishments, however small they might seem. We need to celebrate!
Next Worship Series
“In the Mystery of the Hour”
The Rev. Gordon B. McKeeman asks, “How does one address a Mystery?” For Unitarian Universalists, it’s a great question, because we affirm Mystery as our very first source of truth and wisdom. We say it like this: we draw from “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.”
In this worship series, we seek to find answers by embracing uncertainty, practicing reverence, deepening into the Heart, and nurturing hope.
November 26: Embrace Uncertainty (Rev. Rogers)
Several years back, theologian James P. Carse published a book entitled “The Religious Case Against Belief.” In this book, he affirms that religion is not equivalent to rigid belief systems, and he goes on to say that healthy religion encourages a “higher ignorance” which enables openness to continual learning and growth. It’s a message that resonates with our Unitarian Universalist affirmation of how “revelation is not sealed.” Today, let’s talk more about how we might better engage Mystery by embracing uncertainty.
December 3: Practice Reverence (Rev. Makar)
Rev. Gordon B. McKeeman encourages Unitarian Universalists to go into our lives reverently, with “a sense of awe, a feeling of approaching the powerful holy whose lightning slashes the sky, whose persistence splits concrete with green sprouts, whose miracles are present in every place and moment.” There is so much that transcends our humanity: ideals like truth and justice, existents like nature and (perhaps) God, and processes like birth and love and death. To engage Mystery, we must know how to practice reverence.
December 10: Deepen into the Heart (Rev. Makar)
Barbara Ehrenreich is an investigative journalist best known for her breakout book, Nickel and Dimed. In her writing career, her focus has often been on social justice issues. But recently she wrote a book entitled Living With a Wild God, in which she talks about mystical experiences she had when she was a teenager. She says, “There are experiences that lie beyond words. Usually we lump them in the category of ‘spiritual.’ I don’t know quite what that means. […] Writing this book, I had to confront it. As a writer, I’ve got to see what I can do with language, how close I can get. It’s not easy. Maybe I failed. There are experiences beyond language, and maybe language isn’t the best tool. But it’s my tool.” Today, we use the tools of music and ritual and, yes, words to explore a dimension of life that is profoundly meaningful and yet ineffable, beyond words.
December 17: Nurture Hope (Taryn Strauss and Women Empowered)
Join Ministerial Intern Taryn Strauss and the ladies of UUCA’s Women Empowered group for an inspiring service that will take us into the winter season full of hope.