Sunday Service Times:
We offer services at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday mornings (or a single 10:00 AM during summer months) in our sanctuary located at 1625 Salvador Ave in Napa, CA.
- Our main Sunday service takes place at 11:00 AM. Conversation and connections thrive during social time after the 11:00 AM service (around noon) when coffee, tea and refreshments are available.
- The 11:00 AM service is traditional and more formal than the early service. This service usually includes hymns, special music, readings, times of reflection, and a sermon.
- The 9:30 AM service is usually a smaller, discussion-based gathering. There are no hymns, readings or times of reflection at this early service. This service typically includes a presentation or sermon which serves as a basis for conversation.
FAQ: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Will I be welcome?
Yes, we are a welcoming community. One of our core beliefs is to celebrate diversity and
each person’s unique perspective. Please bring your authentic self and see if our community is a good match.
Do you provide childcare and Sunday school?
We provide nursery care for children under four and religious education classes for older children through junior high.
Is Unitarian Universalism a new tradition?
No. Both Unitarianism and Universalism have deep roots extending back hundreds of years. Unitarianism split away from the Trinitarians around belief in a singular divinity. Universalism supported the concept of universal salvation. The two traditions joined to form the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961.
Is Unitarian Universalism considered a Christian based faith?
While Unitarian Universalists find meaning in many Christian teachings and interpretations, we also find wisdom in a variety of teachings, writings and other sources, including Humanists and Earth-based traditions. Some Unitarian Universalists also identify as Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists, as well as Christian, Buddhist, Jewish or Pagan. This is a community where different ways of finding meaning are respected and encouraged. We provide a safe place to explore your spiritual path. For more information about our faith, please see What We Believe.
Will I be welcome if I’m gay or lesbian?
Yes, we welcome people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and other orientations and genders.
Will I be pressured to convert to Unitarian Universalism or to join this church?
No. Unitarian Universalism is a faith that does not pressure people to declare themselves UU unless they feel that the faith is a fit for them. Membership carries specific rights and responsibilities and often new members wait to make sure this is the right place for them prior to formally becoming active members.
What are sermons like?
Most sermons are based on a topic, historical event, writing, or a fundamental aspect of living rather than scripture. Sermons strive to offer thought-provoking ideas, insights and reflections. Our Minister gives sermons three Sundays a month. Guest Ministers, guest speakers or lay worship leaders provide sermons for the remaining Sunday services.
What should I/ we wear?
Many people dress casually. Some people dress more formally. Children should wear comfortable clothes.
Is your church accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Yes, our building and bathrooms are accessible. All elements of the Sunday service can be enjoyed while remaining seated.
What holidays and ceremonies are celebrated?
Unitarian Universalism has two unique celebrations. In late summer, we kick off our new year with a Gathering of the Waters. Participants bring water from summer travels or other meaningful events from the past year and come together again as a community. Flower Communion is celebrated in the spring near Easter, Passover and other spring festivals. Roughly twice a year we celebrate and welcome new members. We hold a traditional Christmas Eve service and often present a Christmas pageant in addition to Solstice celebrations.
To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, please check out the Unitarian Universalist Association website.