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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 best time to visit is probably on Sunday mornings (when we have services and lots of people here).  Please stop by the visitor table in the Fireside Room if you're visiting!  If Sunday morning doesn't quite fit your schedule, stop by during office hours.

 

What time are Sund‚Äčay services?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, services are held virtually each Sunday at 11:00 am. More information on how to join us is available here.

We're still figuring out what exactly post-pandemic will look like, but Sundays will probably include an education hour for all ages (children and adults) around 9:30 and a multi-platform (online and in-person) service at 11:00 am.

 

Can I bring my children?

YES! We love children!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nursery care is not available. However, we usually provide nursery care for children up to age 3 during all Sunday programming, and we hope to be able to offer that again soon. During the school year, religious education classes (aka "Sunday School") is available for children in PreK through Grade 8. No childcare pre-registration is required for occasional visits, but we do ask that regular attendees register their child(ren).

 

How do I get to the UUFA?

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Our building

Our street address is 1015 Hyland Avenue. Hyland runs along the west edge of the Iowa State University campus, from Ontario (13th) Street to Lincoln Way, and a few blocks further south.

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; weekends only).

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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?

The Unitarian Universalist Association is a great place to start.  We also offer Intro to UU sessions from time to time; check the calendar for availability. 

For those seeking more information on what it means to be a member of our congregation, we now offer self-guided online Membership Exploration - contact the office to find out more!

 

Becoming a Member of the UUFA

What does membership entail?

Membership is not required to be active in the life our church.  It is, instead, an act of public witness, service, and mutual promises to each other.  Membership means making a commitment to be a part of our beloved community and giving us a chance to commit to you.  We give back to our congregation and community through gifts of time, talent, and treasure, and we share in the responsibilities of being in community together.

Technically speaking, membership provides the right to vote for the larger issues that are put to a congregational vote, as well as the ability to serve as a committee chairperson.  

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.  If you've found yourself attending Sunday Services or other activities at the UUFA on a regular basis, we hope that you will consider becoming a member.  Contact our office to find out more about our self-guided online Membership Exploration, where you'll learn more about what exactly membership can mean!  Once you've completed the self-study, joined in a "get to know you" session, and made a pledge to financially support our congregation and the UUA (according to your own ability), we welcome you on New Member Sunday.  At that time, we'll make some mutual promises to be in community together, to support each other, and to be active in the life of the Fellowship, and then you'll sign the membership book.  

What is covered in Membership Exploration?

Designed for people considering membership at the UUFA and information seekers, this self-study is offered to:

  • Learn a little about the history and traditions of Unitarian Universalism and the UUFA
  • Hear how you can become involved at the UUFA
  • Share personal religious or spiritual journeys
  • Expand your circle of friends at the UUFA

What does my financial support go toward?

Like all Unitarian Universalist congregations, the UUFA is completely self-supporting, both financially and in time and talent.  Members contribute money to maintain the programs and facilities at the Fellowship, as well as pay for staff salaries.  Time contributions provide religious education, leadership, minor repairs and upkeep of building and grounds, office help, and much, much more.

The Fellowship also recieves support-in-kind (non-financial) from our wider network in the UUA, and so we pay annual dues as a congregation to our regional and national associations.  UUFA members also receive a subscription to UU World magazine, to stay up-to-date on national UU happenings.

Thinking about membership?

Whether you've been regularly attending the Fellowship for a few months or a few years, you may feel it 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 membership.  Our Membership Development Coordinator, can help guide you through the process.

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