Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about Shelter Rock
1. Is Unitarian Universalism a mainstream religion?
Unitarian Universalism is an unusual faith because it is non-creedal; there are common values and principles to guide one’s faith development. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, fewer than 1% of Americans identify as Unitarian Universalist. It is, however, the fastest growing denomination, outpacing evangelical growth. According to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, the denomination grew nationally by 15.8% from 2000 to 2010. Click HERE to jump to information about UU Principles and Purposes.
2. What should I (and my children) wear to the service?
Services do not require any special dress. Some people feel comfortable in very casual clothes; others prefer more dressy attire. It is an individual choice.
3. Is there childcare/Sunday School during the service?
Yes, Shelter Rock offers both childcare (nursery) and Religious Education (RE) classes for children of all ages during the Sunday service. Visitors are welcome. Children are included in the early portion of services approximately once each month, usually on the first Sunday. On these multigenerational Sundays, children are escorted to their classes by their teachers after approximately twenty minutes. Click RELIGIOUS EDUCATION for more information.
4 If my child does not separate well from me, may he/she remain with me during the service?
Children are welcome to stay with their families during the service.
5. Do you have services year-round, or do you close during the summer?
Sunday services are at 11:00 AM throughout the year. Summer Services tend to be more casual than during the school year. Occasionally, visiting ministers or special guests conduct the Services.
6. What are the services like?
Sunday services usually have a sermon or reflection(s), congregational singing, readings, musical interludes, time for meditation or prayer and a collection. The choir may sing. A social time with coffee, tea and snacks follows the service. The UU Café is usually open for light lunch. Everyone is encouraged to wear name tags.
7. How long does a service last?
Approximately an hour.
8. Do you celebrate Rites of Passages for members?
Yes we do. Click HERE for more information.
9. How many members do you have?
On June 20, 2017, there were 644 members.
10. Are there gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members and are they welcome?
Yes, openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered members are welcome. Shelter Rock became an official Welcoming Congregation long ago. Through this Unitarian Universalist program, we became more aware of the issues the LGBTQ+ community faces and welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community.
11. Are there people at Shelter Rock from diverse religious/spiritual backgrounds?
We have members from many different religious and spiritual backgrounds, including Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, and Protestant.
They are all welcome and our Sunday services and other programs/events draw from all these groups to broaden our spiritual awareness and expand our horizons.
12. Do you host weddings or rent space to other groups?
Yes. Our ministers are available to officiate at weddings and other ceremonies. Room rentals are available for a variety of purposes depending upon availability and membership or organizational status. Please consult the MEET AT SHELTER ROCK brochure.
13. How do I join Shelter Rock?
The process of becoming a Shelter Rock member is fairly simple. After you believe the Congregation will meet your needs, you are comfortable with us, and are willing to financially support and participate in the congregation, you speak with one of our ministers about signing the Membership Book. Signing the book is the official “act” of becoming a member. During the year, the Membership Committee and ministers offer sessions for new members and those considering membership in which you are given an overview of the congregation and Unitarian Universalism and have an opportunity to ask questions. Click HERE for more information.
14. Is your congregation accessible?
Yes, our building is wheelchair accessible. Hymnals and Orders of Service are available in large-print versions.
15. Do you have a hearing assistance system?
Yes. Personal hearing enhancement equipment is available for your use. Please ask for assistance from one of the ushers or at the Welcome Desk.