FAQs

Frequently-Asked Questions

Who We Are | Planning Your Visit

Who We Are:

What do Unitarian Universalists believe?

  • Every individual should be encouraged to develop a personal philosophy of life.
  • Everyone is capable of reasoning.
  • We do not need any other person, official, or organization to tell us what to believe.
  • We should be able to present religious opinions openly, without fear of censure or reprisal.
  • All people should be tolerant of the religious ideas of others.
  • Truth is not absolute; it changes over time.
  • Everyone should continue to search for the truth.
  • Everyone has an equal claim to life, liberty, and justice.
  • People should govern themselves by democratic processes.
  • Ideas should be open to criticism.
  • Good works are the natural product of a good faith.

Which values do you hold highest?  We regard the highest values to be integrity, caring, compassion, social justice, truth, personal peace, and harmony.  Advancing these values is a major purpose of our congregations.

Do you have a creed?  No.  Although the bylaws of the association do contain a section on purposes and principles, it is not a statement of a religious creed.

Do you believe in God?  We do not have a defined doctrine of God.  Members are free to develop individual concepts of God that are meaningful to them.  They are also free to reject the term and concept altogether.  Most of us do not believe in a supernatural, supreme being who can directly intervene in and alter human life or the mechanism of the natural world.  Many believe in a spirit of life or a power within themselves, which some choose to call God.

How do you regard the Bible?  We regard the Bible as one of many important religious texts but do not consider it unique or exclusive in any way.  We do not interpret it literally.  We think some parts of it offer more truth and relevance than other parts.  Although UUs respect the Bible and regard some of its content as great literature, it is not a central document in our religion.

What is your stance on evolutionary theory?  We affirm the validity of the scientific theory that life on earth has evolved throughout many millions of years.

What are the bonds that unify UUs?  While there are no written or verbal doctrines designed for that purpose, we have both stated and unstated bonds which unify us.  The stated bonds are the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which we support individually and collectively.  Among the unstated bonds are our mutual respect for each other and our appreciation of the many religious, philosophical and spiritual paths our members pursue.  We are bound together in our mutual concern for one another’s well-being, and our willingness to aid each other in time of need.

Planning Your Visit:

Where are you located?  UUCE is located at 2910 East Morgan, Evansville, IN 47711.   Please see our Location page for driving directions.

When and where are services held?  Services are held at in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings — services start at 10:00 am.

Does the church accommodate those with disabilities?  Our location has handicap accessible parking.

Are children welcome?  UUCE offers child care for ages 5 and under.  After attending the first part of the worship service, we invite children over age 5 to attend age-appropriate Religious Education classes.  Please see the Religious Exploration page for current classes and activities for children and youth.

What should I wear?  Dress is casual, but some people choose to dress more formally.  Feel free to wear what is comfortable for you.  Please be sure to obtain a name tag in the foyer of the sanctuary to let others know you are visiting and help them get to know you.

What can I expect when I visit your service?  A typical service includes thoughtful readings, a story for all ages, eclectic music (from classical to contemporary), singing together, and a stimulating sermon by our speaker.  The upcoming sermon topic is described in the weekly announcements and on the web site home page.

Will someone try to “sell me” on your church?  I don’t like to be pressured.  We want to make every visitor feel welcomed and comfortable.  Rest assured you will not be pressured or given a “sales pitch,” but you will be greeted warmly.

What’s going on after the service?  After the service, we have light refreshments in the reception area outside the sanctuary. We invite you to engage in lively discussion and fellowship with other visitors and church members alike.   Near the front door, you will find our welcome table where friendly folks will meet you and answer your questions eagerly.  A group of UUCE members, friends, and visitors may decide to schedule lunch after services.  All are welcome to join.

Where can I find a schedule of upcoming events and activities?  Access our online weekly announcements, monthly newsletter and activities calendar for all the latest information.

Can I be involved in activities, if I’m not a member?  Membership is not a requirement for most church activities.  Our wide array of fellowship activities is open to all comers.

How do I become a member?  Please speak with the head of our Congregational Life Committee, Chris Norrington. The Congregational Life Committee schedules our new member orientation class for prospective members and can give you information on becoming a member of UUCE.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?  On Sundays UUCE has members who are designated greeters available to welcome visitors and answer questions.  Almost anyone you approach will be willing to talk and answer questions, though, so if you can’t find a greeter feel free to ask the nearest person.  If you would prefer to ask a question via email, please send your query to Ashley Perkins at info@uuevansville.org.