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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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Worship

Congregation UUCGT

We gather together in a spiritual community because we need constant reminders of what matters most in life. In a world of heartbreak and dehumanization, our congregations and communities call us to our better selves. We learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion.

Our Worship Services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. Our programs for all ages inspire us and awaken us to our capacities to make a difference in our own lives and in the world.

We are inspired not just by religious sources but by the people with whom we journey: the diverse and spirited Unitarian Universalists.

We connected via Zoom during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Currently we are meeting in-person and also live streaming the service.  After the service you can join Zoom for socializing in small groups.  Our services are almost always recorded.  You can find them in the service archives on our website.

To connect to the live streaming service go to our Home page and click on the link.

Please contact the office (office@uucgt.org) during the week, if you need help.

What to Expect in Worship

Service at UUCGT

We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.

Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship is [insert adjectives].

Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:

  • Words of welcome
  • Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
  • A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
  • Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
  • A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
  • A meditation or prayer
  • Readings—ancient or contemporary
  • A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
  • An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.

From time to time, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.

Music and Choir

Music and Choir at UUCGT

Vocal Ensemble 

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, September – May

MUSIC MINISTRIES:

Music and singing are intregal parts of our Unitarian Universalist worship services and gatherings. Whether its world, classical, rock, jazz, folk, fusion, hip hop or a capella, music shifts the energy of worship and connection and moves it into our bodies. At UUCGT, EVERY voice and instrument is welcome to be a part of our music programming.  We have a Vocal Ensemble that meets every Tuesday at 6:30 pm that performs at least once a month in our Sunday Services. We also have the UUUkers, as well as other small and large vocal and instrumental ensembles. There is always room for new ideas.  If music brings you alive contact our Music Director to join our Music Ministries at UUCGT.

If you have musical ideas or talents to share, we invite you to contact the office at 231-947-3117.

Music Director: Renee Herman email: musicatuucgt@gmail.com