River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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Sunday Experience

Sundays at RRUUC feature four dimensions:  a service of worship and community, religious education for children and youth, our Contemporary Issues Forum, and our fellowship time where all are invited to share refreshments and conversation.


Worship Service

Most Sunday services at RRUUC are led by our Senior Minister, Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, or by our Minister of Congregational Life, Rev. Louise Green.  They will usually offer a sermon with a contemporary or spiritual focus, augmented by music provided by our excellent choir and by Director of Music, Dr. Clif Hardin.  Several times a year, lay members of RRUUC offer well-crafted services linking personal experience with important social and cultural themes.

On most Sundays, infants and children proceed to the Fireside Room for Chapel.  Middle and High School youth go directly to their classes.  All children and youth begin in the service on the first Sunday of the month (September through May), which is our Inward Springs Sunday.  On important holidays and several other times during the year, we are delighted to join in a multi-generational worship experience.

Services take place 9:15 and 11:15am from mid-September through the Sunday before Memorial Day, and at 10am during the summer months. Dress is generally informal:  come as you are comfortable.  The best way to learn more about worship at RRUUC is to experience one or more Sundays with us.  Here’s what’s happening over the next few weeks.

Religious Education

Our Religious Education Program consists of classes that meet for about 50 minutes during each of the Sunday services. For children two years old through eighth grade, classes are grouped by age. We also offer dynamic groups for middle and high-school aged youth. 

Fellowship Time

After each service, everyone is invited to share in refreshments and enthusiastic conversation in the Fellowship Hall. The yellow mugs available for visitors allow members to recognize and greet newcomers to our community. You may also stop by the RRUUC bookstore, or learn more about the congregation at the welcoming tables staffed by volunteers with information about upcoming activities and social justice projects.

Contemporary Issues Forum

From Labor Day to Memorial Day, Sundays at RRUUC feature a 50-minute contemporary issues forum called Coffee, Controversy & Conversation. This program introduces a wide and stimulating variety of topics and allows generous time for the audience to participate via questions and comments.