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. Click RELIGIOUS EDUCATION for more information.
4. If my child does not separate well from me, may they 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 an opening chalice lighting, a sermon or reflection(s), readings, music, time for meditation or prayer and a collection. They are usually led by our Ministry Team and Music Director, but lay leaders also participate in creating the Sunday experience.
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, we are a community with openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered members and staff. Your identity is welcome here. Shelter Rock is an official Welcoming Congregation, a Unitarian Universalist program that certifies congregations through learning about LGBTQ+ issues and how to be welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community.
11. Are there people at Shelter Rock from diverse religious/spiritual backgrounds?
Our congregation is from many different religious and spiritual backgrounds, including Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Protestant, and so much more. Unitarian Universalists believe that diversity in faith and thought broadens 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?
If you would like to join Shelter Rock as a member, you can get involved with our Membership Pathway. This involves some classes about Membership, led by our Membership Coordinator and our Ministers. To learn more,
our Membership Coordinator and read up on Becoming a Member.
14. Is your congregation accessible?
Yes, our building is wheelchair accessible. Hymnals and Orders of Service are available in large-print versions. Online we work to provide Closed Captioning on our Live services.
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.