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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse – UUCGT

All are welcome here! Every Individual has Inherent Worth and Dignity (The UU First Principle).  We have a mission to free minds, grow souls, and change the world. We are choosing the Way With Heart – Join us!

office@uucgt.org | 231-947-3117
6726 Center Road, Traverse City, MI, 49684
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This Week’s Services IN PERSON and LIVE STREAM

Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 10:30 AM:

“The Courage of Gentleness”

Rev. Alex Jensen, Coordinated by Mary Van Valin

As we honor the tradition of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and one of Judaism’s holiest days, we’ll explore the courage it takes to be gentle both with ourselves and with others.

  • If you’re joining us online… Attend via YouTube here.
  • If you’re joining us in-person… please join us following the service for a time of community and fellowship in our Social Hall.
  • For Joys & Concerns: they should be submitted before 9:00 AM on Sunday, using the online form at https://forms.gle/k1L7NynkwpamWynx7  or at UUCGT in the book in the Sanctuary.
  • Past sermons are available under the WORSHIP TAB

“You can’t be a UU…

…if you absolutely and fundamentally believe there is only one path or one spiritual truth out there to make meaning of life and to understand it. If you cling to just one set of beliefs, dogmas, or creeds and shut out the possibilities and offerings of other traditions that are different from your own, I’m sorry, but you’re in effect NOT a Unitarian Universalist.

I say none of this from a place of gatekeeping or alluding that there is a sort of creed or litmus test for what makes us Unitarian Universalists. Practically speaking, as wide as our welcoming embrace is, there are some things that are non-negotiable for us as a people. Those non-negotiables are the inherent worth and dignity of each person, no matter who they are; the rigor of critical thinking about ourselves and our beliefs; and the bounty of the world’s traditions that each hold a piece of the cosmic puzzle about how we might understand these wild, wondrous lives of ours.

No, you can’t be a Unitarian Universalist and believe anything you want. You can believe in a lot of things… But there are some fundamental things that bring us and bind us together as a tradition and faith.”

–Rev. Alex Jensen, from the Sermon “How We Belong” (Sept. 11, 2022) 

Who We Are

  • We are compassionate thinkers and doers.
  • We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good.
  • We think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.
  • We need not think alike to love alike.
  • We are people of many beliefs (link opens in new window) and backgrounds.

Current Building Access & ZOOM

  • We are currently holding all services in-person in our Sanctuary, but also are live streaming the service.  Sermons are taped and available under the Worship tab.
  • See the information posted in the upper-right text block for links to the coming weekend’s Services
Inclusive Congregation

 

Office Hours are Mon to Thurs

from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Phone 231-947-3117