What sort of people go to the UUFA?
Our members and friends have a wide variety of religious backgrounds and theological philosophies. We welcome
- Single people, couples, families
- Children, college students, adults, seniors
- Members of all ethnic groups
- Heterosexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals and partners
- Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Wiccans, humanists, atheists, and many others
Is it OK to just show up and take a look?
Yes. We welcome visitors at any time. The Fellowship office hours are Monday-Thursday 10:00-4:00 and Friday 9:00-12:00, but the best time to visit might be on Sunday mornings when we have services. Stop by the Visitor Table in the Fireside Room!
What time are Sunday services?
Starting in mid-August and concluding in May, we have two Sunday programs, at 9:15 and 11:00 am. The program is the same for both services.
During the summer, we meet in a single service at 10:00 am. Check the current Newsletter for details about meeting times and service topics.
Can I bring my children?
Yes. Nursery care for children up to age 3 is provided during all Sunday programs. During the school year, religious education -- Sunday school -- for children is available. Please contact us for the specific RE programs.
During the summer, activities for children through fourth grade are available during the single 10:00 am service.
No child care pre-registration is required for occasional visits.
Our street address is 1015 N. Hyland Avenue. North Hyland runs along the west edge of the Iowa State University campus, from Lincoln Way to Ontario Street. Ontario Street is the same as 13th Street.
A lower parking lot in front of the building includes accessible and visitor spaces. A second lot is 100 feet north (uphill). The city prohibits parking on Hyland Avenue. If both lots are full, additional parking is available further uphill along Ross Road (the nearest side street), or in the ISU College of Design parking lot (across from the ISU cemetery).
How should we dress?
Dress is casual. Jeans and a casual shirt are fine. Wear whatever clothes feel comfortable to you. Some people dress more formally, so you can, too, if you want. No matter how you dress, chances are good that there will be someone else who is dressed similarly.
In the summer, lots of people wear shorts. Children should wear clothes they can play in.
Where can I find out more about Unitarian Universalism?
Some links are provided in our UU Faith page. Introductory classes for prospective members and those seeking more information are held twice a year. Check the calendar, or contact the office for information.
Joining the UUFA Membership
Is Membership Required?
No. If you find yourself attending Sunday services or other activities at the Fellowship on a regular basis, we hope that you will consider becoming a member, but membership is not required for participation in most areas in the life of the Fellowship.
How Does One Become a Member?
Membership in the Fellowship is open to anyone 14 years old or older who is in sympathy with its activities and willing to contribute to its financial support. People become members by completing new-member orientation and signing the membership book, subject to affirmation by the Board of Directors. Introductory classes for prospective members and those seeking more information are held twice a year. Check the calendar or contact the office at 515-292-5960 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
What Does Membership Entail?
There are no legal obligations connected to membership. You gain voting rights for the larger issues that are put to a congregational vote, and you accept the moral obligation to support the Ames Fellowship and Unitarian Universalist Association.
The Fellowship pays annual dues for each member to our district and national associations. This includes a subscription to the quarterly magazine UU World.
Like all Unitarian Universalist congregations, the UUFA is completely self-supporting. Members donate their time and money to maintain the programs and facilities at the UUFA. Financial contributions from members and friends pay for salaries, the mortgage, building upkeep, and everything else. Time contributions provide religious education, leadership, minor repairs and upkeep of building and grounds, office help, and much more.
Thinking About Membership?
Whether you've been regularly attending the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames (UUFA) for a few months or a few years, you may feel it might be time to deepen your commitment to the UUFA by becoming a member. If you've decided that the UUFA is your spiritual home and you're ready to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalism, then you should consider our membership class.
What is the membership class?
Designed for people considering membership at the UUFA and information seekers, this class is offered twice a year. During the class, you will:
Share personal religious or spiritual journeys
Learn about the history and traditions of Unitarian Universalism and the UUFA
Hear how you can become involved at the UUFA
Expand your circle of friends at the UUFA
What else is necessary to join?
Make a commitment to support the UUFA financially (a pledge)
Sign the membership book on New Member Sunday
Be formally affirmed into membership by the Board of Directors
For information about the dates of the next membership class, or to sign up, please phone the Fellowship office 292-5960, or sign up at the Visitors' Table on Sunday morning.