New to UUCB? Welcome!
Welcome to a liberal church supporting a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, social justice, and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
We need not think alike to love alike. Most of the members of UUCB were not born UU. Ours is a chosen faith. We come from many other faith traditions—and from no religion at all. We come in search of answers to questions like these…
- How can I lead a deeper spiritual life?
- How can I be engaged with something beyond day to day, secular life?
- How can I be part of a community of meaning and purpose?
For those of you already Unitarian Universalist, we bid you warm welcome, and offer a place from which to continue exploring your spiritual path.
Watch this video to learn about one member’s path to spiritual growth and deeper connection at UUCB.
We know that a first time anywhere new is exciting but sometimes can be daunting, too. The UU Church of Berkeley strives to be a radically hospitable community, and we work hard to make sure you feel welcome. The aim of this page is to help you prepare for your first experience at UUCB.
UUCB is near the top of the Berkeley/El Cerrito hills with awe-inspiring views of the bay. This meditative retreat is off of the beaten path, so you’ll need good directions.
Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the 9:30 program or 11:00 worship service and stop by the Welcome Table in the Atrium. You’ll find friendly and helpful greeters who will tell you about what’s happening on that Sunday and provide you with information about our community. Fill out a newcomer’s form, tell us of your interests, how you found us, and of any questions we can answer. If you leave your email address, someone will be in touch. Make a name tag. Also partake of our delicious snack table with the coupon for newcomers. (Coffee and the snack table are in the Social Hall, to your right as you face the Welcome Table.) When you have coffee or tea before or after the service, we encourage you to use a purple mug to let us know you are new and would like to make connections. On your next time at UUCB, you’ll have a printed name tag waiting for you at the Welcome Table.
For Families with Children
Families are also invited to visit the Family Welcome Table in the Atrium. One of our Family Connectors will be waiting to welcome you. Look for the smiling face in a red apron.
Please fill out a Connection Card. This card helps us get to know you and your family, and provides us important safety info about your kids. Have your kids make name tags, and decorate the tags with stickers.
Families generally attend the first part of the 11:00 worship service together. Children’s classes begin after this multigenerational part of the service. For our youngest newcomers, childcare is available – you can drop your kids directly at our childcare area. (If you need directions, ask at the Welcome Table.)
Near the beginning of the 11:00 service, children and their parents are called forward for a story. Afterwards, the congregation will sing children to their classes, and you may escort your child to the Atrium and give the Connection Card to the Family Connector in the red apron.
You can return to the Sanctuary to enjoy worship, or attend class with your child.
After worship, pick up children grades 5 and younger, finding your way with the map of our campus on the Connection Card. Then, you and your children are welcome to come to the Atrium or Social Hall for snacks, or enjoy playtime on the playground and in our childcare facility. Children can also stay on in our supervised community playspace until 1pm.
Middle school and high school youth go straight to their classroom at 11:00 (unless we are having All Age Worship) and may release themselves when their meetings end, with permission given on the card.
We’re looking forward to meeting you and your loved ones! If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Family Ministry, Merrin Clough.
Each Sunday there are fun and inspiring activities for children, youth, and parents. You are welcome to explore our beautiful property beforehand, or attend one of our many activities for families.