Our Worship

Our worship services draw from Christian, Jewish, humanist, and earth-centered traditions in the west, as well as content from the remaining branches of human religious culture. We also draw upon personal witness, topical society issues, and other sources. All of these are then focused within the realm of Unitarian Universalist principles and beliefs. A typical service begins with the sounding of our singing bowl. Sermon topics and content are planned and developed by our minister and the Worship Committee. Three times a month, services are minister-led; the remaining Sunday is either lay-led or features a guest preacher.

“Our worship may vary widely in form and theology, but for Unitarian Universalist gatherings to be effective, worship must reach out and stretch us in several different directions. Good worship will strive for height. It should be a ‘celebration of life,’ to use the favorite definition of worship of the late Unitarian minister Von Ogden Vogt. Making a joyful noise (even if the hymn is unfamiliar) and reaffirming the goodness of being are important aspects of all true worship. But authentic worship also has depth. That is, it has a meditative dimension — acknowledging among us the brokenness and grief, and estrangement and remorse. In the dimension, worship needs to have breadth to be inclusive. That means more than simply using gender-inclusive language (as important as we take that to be), more than remembering to mourn with those who mourn as well as rejoice with those who rejoice. It means using simple, familiar forms that will set newcomers at ease, rather than puzzling them with unfamiliar rituals or patterns of communication. By no means does this breadth require a sacrifice of all sense of tradition. On the contrary, we must gratefully acknowledge our debt to the past. We have arrived where we are because of all that lies behind us. Finally, effective worship asks us to stretch forward. It has a dimension of aspiration.” from Our Chosen Faith. An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism. John A. Buehrens and F. Forrester Church. Beacon Press, 1989.

Rites of Passage:

Dedication of Children
Coming of Age
Services of Marriage (Weddings)
At Time of Death (Memorial Services)
Membership

–> Music The music which accompanies our worship is led by Austin Klipp. Choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing. This outstanding group delights the congregation with Sunday morning anthems.  Guest soloists. Violin, flute, piano, voice, and more: instrumentalists and singers are encouraged to provide special music for Sunday services. Please let Austin know if you are available to share your music. She can be reached at music@uuandover.org

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Upcoming Events

Events are held at 6 Locke Street unless otherwise indicated. Questions? Is your event not listed? Please tell us! The deadline for newsletter submissions is Wednesdays at 6pm. See full calendar
  • October 16, 2019
    Worship Commitee

    The UUCiA Worship Committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month, September through May.

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    7:30 pm to 8:30 pmBlack home


  • October 17, 2019
    Social Justice Committee

    The UUCiA Social Justice Committee meets on the third third of every month, September through June. For more information…

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    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm6 Locke Street


  • October 24, 2019
    UU Vespers: Autumn Stillness

    Join Rev. Kali for a Vespers service. Vespers is loosely structured alternative form of worship usually including music and…

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    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm6 Locke Street


  • November 1, 2019
    Pasta Potluck

    The Luisis provide the pasta; you bring salad, bread, beverage, dessert. Don’t worry if you can’t bring…

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    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm6 Locle Street


  • November 3, 2019
    Sunday Service

    From the Sunday after Labor Day to the third Sunday in June, our worship services are held every Sunday…

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    10:30 am to 11:30 am6 Locke St, Andover, MA


  • November 10, 2019
    Sunday Service

    From the Sunday after Labor Day to the third Sunday in June, our worship services are held every Sunday…

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    10:30 am to 11:30 am6 Locke St, Andover, MA


  • November 12, 2019
    UU Stitchers

    The UU Stitchers will meet from 7-9 p.m. Join us for stitching and conversation. For more information contact…

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    7:00 pm to 9:00 pmAt various homes


  • November 13, 2019
    Self Defenses for Novices

    We are pleased to offer self-defense classes for novices on the second Wednesday of every month. These classes are…

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    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm6 Locke Street


  • November 14, 2019
    Board of Directors

    Meets in the Minister's Study on the second Thursday of every month during the congregational year (September-June). All members…

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    7:15 pm to 8:45 pm6 Locke Street


  • November 16, 2019
    Key for Kids

    Instructor is Alia Mavroforos .

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    9:00 am to 4:00 pm6 Locke Street


  • November 16, 2019
    pUUb Theology

    pUUb Theology is back! Come by at 6:30 p.m. or later! We will gather in our sanctuary, transformed into…

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    6:30 pm to 9:30 pm6 Locke Street


  • November 17, 2019
    Sunday Service

    From the Sunday after Labor Day to the third Sunday in June, our worship services are held every Sunday…

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    10:30 am to 11:30 am6 Locke St, Andover, MA


  • November 19, 2019
    Book Discussion Group

    The book group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at various homes. All are welcome to attend…

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    7:30 pm to 9:00 pmVarious Homes


  • November 20, 2019
    Worship Commitee

    The UUCiA Worship Committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month, September through May.

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    7:30 pm to 8:30 pmBlack home


  • November 21, 2019
    Social Justice Committee

    The UUCiA Social Justice Committee meets on the third third of every month, September through June. For more information…

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    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm6 Locke Street


  • November 24, 2019
    Sunday Service

    From the Sunday after Labor Day to the third Sunday in June, our worship services are held every Sunday…

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    10:30 am to 11:30 am6 Locke St, Andover, MA