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
Where do you feel safe, joyful, and fully yourself? Is a house necessarily a home? “Home” is a worship series that explores various spaces and ways where these precious feelings fill us up and make us glad. Can we find home in the present moment, in loving relationships, in our sense of mission, or in nature?
Sunday, August 27: Home Is Where the Love Is
Starhawk captures a profound meaning of “home” when she writes, “Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.” The meaning of “home” here is friendship, community, love.
Sunday, September 3: Home Is Where Commitment Calls
A classic hymn in our Unitarian Universalist hymnal is entitled, “Where is Our Holy Church?” The very title suggests that “home” is a kind of geographical place. But once you start to sing it, you realize that you’ve just been thrown a curveball. “Where is our holy church? Where race and class unite as equal persons in the search for beauty, truth, and right. Where is our holy writ? Where’er a human heart a sacred torch of truth has lit, by inspiration taught. Where is our holy land? Within the human soul, wherever free minds truly seek with character the goal.” “Home” here is about living into purpose. “Home” is holy commitment you give your heart and soul to.
Sunday, September 10: Home Is All Around Us
Our Transcendentalist forebears believed that certain disciplines enriched the spirit if practiced regularly and often. These included: keeping a journal; engaging in conversation about ideas and values; and reading books that informed and inspired. But first and foremost of these disciplines was excursions in nature, for it was in nature that the Transcendentalists found God. The poet Gary Snyder says it so well: “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
Sunday, August 6: Growing Up
Today is our annual “Blessing of the Backpacks” ritual, where we invite folks of all ages who are returning to school to bring their backpacks (or briefcases!) to worship, to receive a special blessing that acknowledges the growth journey they are on. We also reflect on that: what it means to grow up.
Sunday, August 13: Ingathering
Come celebrate Ingathering Sunday at UUCA, as we return to our regular 9:00am and 11:20am Sunday service schedule, and begin a new year.
As part of Ingathering, we observe our annual Water Celebration. Remember to come with a small amount of water that symbolizes something that brought you joy this past summer. People will enter the sanctuary and pour their waters into one of many various, colorful bowls which represent our diversity. Later in the service, all the waters will be poured into one big bowl, representing our unity. It’s a beautiful ritual that will inspire and uplift.
During this service, UUCA’s new Intern Minister, Taryn Strauss, will be introduced. She will be with us on a part-time basis for two years. She is completing her work in process of becoming an ordained UU minister. UUCA has the amazing privilege of helping a beginning minister grow towards maturity. .
Sunday, August 20: Home is in the Present Moment
Our Unitarian Universalist ancestor Henry David Thoreau once spoke of “home” being in the present moment. He said, “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” Today we explore how we can find “home” by practicing the spiritual art of mindfulness.