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FAQ

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 Sund​ay 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 more information about specific RE programs.

During the summer, activities for children through fourth grade are available during the single 10:00 am service.

No childcare pre-registration is required for occasional visits.

 

How do I get to the UUFA?

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Our building

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 (13th) Street.

A lower parking lot in front of the building includes ADA accessible parking spaces. Our overflow parking lot is 100 feet north/uphill (look for the blue yard signs). 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).

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How should we dress?

Wear whatever clothes feel comfortable to you!  Dress is usually casual; jeans and a casual shirt are just fine. 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 can wear clothes they can play in.

 

Where can I find out more about Unitarian Universalism?

Some links are provided in our UU Faith page. Exploration classes for prospective members and those seeking more information are held quarterly throughout the 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 membership exploration classes and signing the membership book, subject to affirmation by the Board of Directors. Check the calendar for exploration class scheduling or contact the office at 515-292-5960 or uufa@uufames.org for more information.

What do​es 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 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, building upkeep, programming expense, 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 exploration class.

What is the membership exploration class?

Designed for people considering membership at the UUFA and information seekers, this class is offered quarterly throughout the 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 ("pledge") to support the UUFA operating budget
  • Sign the membership book on New Member Sunday
  • Be formally affirmed into membership by the Board of Directors
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