Starting September 13, 2020..
Join us at 10:30am Sundays
for our Virtual Worship Service…
Click this Zoom Meeting link https://uuma.zoom.us/j/232892895
How to Connect with Zoom
We will be delivering our live-stream experience with Zoom, an online video platform with options to participate:
Connect through video online: via Zoom.
Although we recommend joining the service with a video connection, you do have the option of listening only via phone at 1-646-876-9923. Enter the Meeting ID: #232 892 895, when prompted. This option does not include video, but does allow you to hear the same audio as the live-stream.
If you are not familiar with Zoom, there is a very short video tutorial here.
We are in anxious times, with rapidly changing information and circumstances. The UUCiA leadership – the Board of Directors, Minister and Director of Religious Education – has been in thoughtful consideration of the developments within the country and the state of Massachusetts. We believe UUCiA must do our part to minimize opportunities for the COVID-19 virus to spread, and the best available information indicates physical distancing to be the most effective.
The Board has approved the suspension of all in-person activities, including Sunday worship, until further notice. We will continue to assess the ever-changing landscape, and may adjust these plans as new information indicates.
Effective immediately, we are suspending in-person worship services and post-service activities; we will stream services instead. For information on attending our virtual streamed services, please contact David Grober at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are developing other ways to connect – small group check-ins, virtual coffee hours, a daily devotional message, playing games together through online platforms, and more. If you have ideas or would like to help, please reach out to Rev. Kali. at email@example.com. We’ll send information about how to connect to these opportunities.
While these steps may seem extreme to some of us, we firmly believe we have a role as a faith community to support the health safety efforts of the larger communities of Massachusetts and the country.
Pandemics rely on close social contact to spread. We can “flatten the curve” when we reduce our physical interactions. In a special announcement on March 13 recommending congregations avoid gatherings including worship and religious education for the present time, Unitarian Universalist Association president Susan Frederick-Gray wrote: “We believe it is our moral obligation to follow the guidance of health professionals who recommend early action even before cases have been confirmed in an area because it is most important to protect public health and the most vulnerable people in our communities. This moment indeed reminds us of the interconnected web of which we are all a part. It also reminds us of our responsibility as religious communities to be mindful of our need to care for our whole community.”
One final note: know that we are navigating new territory with our efforts at alternative experiences. We will not be perfect, but we will be together. Remember that the goal of trying new things is the intention and the effort to be compassionate and caring of each other. You can help us in these opportunities with your understanding and with your feedback. Let us know what works and what doesn’t, and what you might want to see/experience.
We are all in this together, taking care of one another with kindness and love.
In faith and gratitude,
UUCiA Board of Directors
Rev. Kali Fyre
DRE Thea Shapiro
Welcome! We are so glad that you have found the website for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, which we affectionately call the UUCiA. The tagline of this congregation is “A Liberal Religious Voice in the Merrimack Valley since 1847”. We would go a step further and say that the UUCiA is an important haven in the Merrimack Valley for those who enjoy worshipping in a warm, friendly, and open-minded environment.
The UUCiA provides a spiritual home to many who would not have felt as sustained and supported anywhere else. This is a congregation of people from different walks of life and different religious backgrounds. We are people from different cultures, people of different ages and family configurations.
We are people who don’t all believe exactly the same things, but who share core values. Members of the UUCiA are (as I once heard Unitarian Universalism described) “open to truth and meaning wherever it may be found” just as they “work compassionately for social justice”.
The UUCiA is a proud Welcoming Congregation. (The phrase “Welcoming Congregation” has a particular meaning among Unitarian Universalists. Namely, this congregation has made a commitment to be inclusive and supportive of those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer; we have made a commitment to work for justice around LGBTQ issues as well.)
We are pleased that you have found this website, and hope that you will visit us some Sunday soon. In the words of Rumi (found in our hymnal), “Come, come, whoever you are! Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving… ours is no caravan of despair. Come, yet again, come.”