FAQs about Shelter Rock
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.
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.
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 welcome to stay with their families during the service.
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.
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.
Approximately an hour.
Yes we do. Click the link below for more information.
On June 20, 2017, there were 644 members.
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.
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.
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.
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, email our Membership Coordinator and read up on Becoming a Member.
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.
Yes. Personal hearing enhancement equipment is available for your use. Please ask for assistance from one of the ushers or at the Welcome Desk.