Our Sunday Services bring together people who share an interest in liberal religion to hear presentations on moral issues, ethics, spirituality, religion, social questions and humanism. We don’t have all the answers but we’ll share in your journey.
We meet on Sunday mornings from September to June at 10:30 am for regular services and children’s programming. During the summer we meet most Sundays for informal circle discussions on many topics. Lively discussions often carry over into coffee time after the service.
Our Sunday program for children teaches aspects of many religions and cultural traditions through stories, as well as providing interesting crafts, music and other activities children enjoy. Intergenerational services are held about four times per year.
The Unitarian Fellowship of Regina is a member of the Canadian Unitarian Council along with roughly 50 congregations across the country. We had our beginnings in 1954 when several people met in Regina with Lotta Hitchmanova of the Unitarian Service Committee. In 1955 the Fellowship was officially accepted into the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston.
Sunday services run from 10:30 to 11:30 am
Elements of a typical Unitarian Sunday morning service may include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings – Historical and contemporary words of wisdom
- A talk given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community
From time to time, our services incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children up to age 11 during the Sunday service.
On the 2nd Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck brunch after the service. Bring your favourite dish to share with the others. We welcome visitors to join in sharing the food offerings.
We are a democratically-governed organization with a constitution and voting membership. We are also governed by provincial legislation and federal charities legislation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I fit in?
Affirming the worth and dignity of every person is one of our seven principles. We welcome people of all races, ages, gender, sexual orientation, and abilities.
Will I be pressured to join or be saved?
No. The right to a free and independent search for truth and meaning is one of our seven principles. Expect people to be friendly–you will likely be greeted, offered a name tag, and given an opportunity to sign our guestbook. We are not oriented towards spreading our religion as much as we are towards making it available for people who are looking for it.
Some of our services are more intellectual, others more spiritual. Some aim to inspire, and others to provoke or challenge. But all of them are grounded in freedom, responsibility, and respect. It is up to each individual to consider the speaker’s point of view and then to follow their own conscience and come to their own conclusions about the meaning of the ideas or experiences presented.
What provisions do you have for people with disabilities?
The Entrance level at the main door has stairs leading to the upper hall (Sanctuary) and lower hall. There is a chair lift that will provide access to both levels. The Sanctuary has spaces for chair seating if sitting in a pew is not suitable. The building is not wheelchair accessible at present.
People with limited hearing can use headphones that are connected directly to our sound system. We encourage everyone to use microphones so that all can hear the program, as well as the Q&A session after the presentation.
The washrooms are accessible for those using walkers or canes. The women’s washroom has a change table and chair available for diaper changing.
What do Unitarian Universalists believe?
Unitarian Universalists believe a wide variety of things. We have in common our seven principles, which we all agree to support, the desire for a faith community where we can be accepted regardless of what we believe and the commitment to make a difference in the world. You will find UU Buddhists, Taoists, Christians, Agnostics, Atheists and Humanists as well as people who have trouble classifying their beliefs.
What should I/my family wear?
You should wear whatever you are most comfortable in. Most people dress casually (jeans are fine), but some people dress up. Your children should wear something they can play in.
My child doesn’t separate well. Can he/she stay with me during the service?
Absolutely. Many parents, particularly of smaller children, keep their children with them in the sanctuary. Many parents also choose to be in the lower hall with their child, in order to help the child adjust. You are also welcome to breastfeed anywhere in our building or at our events. You are encouraged to do whatever works for your family.