Exploring Our Beliefs
UUJXN promotes every person’s right to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning–no matter their age! Through learning and growing together we encourage and support one another, and our children, to engage in religious questioning, personal change, and discovering ways to live and to help change the world for the better. We provide opportunities for people to explore their own beliefs independently, in small groups, and in our services. Learn how you can participate and help support others on their personal and spiritual path…
Exploring Our Beliefs Ministry Team Co-Chairs:
Snowdancer (Worship) & Stacy Callender (Religious Exploration)
Please see About Services for our policies for in person attendance to prevent the spread of COVID.
For Unitarian Universalists, we use the term worship to describe our services, not as an act of adoration for a deity (though some may use that meaning), but as an act of giving honor or reverence for our shared values. We uphold those beliefs and values that are meaningful for us, that enrich our lives, and lead us toward lives peace and love. Each Sunday morning at 11:00 am, we hold Services which includes a story for all ages. At least once a quarter, we hold special intergenerational services.
Lifespan Religious Exploration
UUJXN offers many ways to explore a variety of beliefs through our services, vespers, and different small groups. We also offer a variety of structured classes, workshop series, book and film circles, religious affinity groups (for exploring specific traditions, such as Buddhism or Wicca), etc. Each month, UUJXN explores a new religious or spiritual theme.
- Each Sunday morning at 11:00 am, we also hold mixed age RE classes for children and youth to explore the monthly theme through a variety of activities, including stories, rituals, spiritual practices, art, nature, and play.
- Each Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm, we hold Vespers online to further explore the monthly theme (or other topics of interest) through reflective discussion.
- The Phoenix of the Grove Chapter of CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) provides opportunities for learning, networking, and rituals for Pagan-identified congregational members and friends.
To support religious exploration at home, we provide a monthly handout for families and resources for self-study.
The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our own minds upon the young, but to stir up their own; Not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own….In a word, the great end is to awaken the soul; to bring understanding, conscience, and heart into earnest vigorous action on religious and moral truth, to excite and cherish spiritual life. -William Ellery Channing