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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  • December 1, 2019
    Sunday Service: Make Me An Instrument

    A journey through the influence of Spiritualism on Unitarians and Universalists in nineteenth century America.  With Rev Kali…

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


  • December 6, 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


  • December 8, 2019
    Sunday Service: Habitat for Humanity

    Chas Bicking and Bob Genier speak about Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and volunteering both locally and Chas’ recent…

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


  • December 10, 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


  • December 12, 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


  • December 17, 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


  • December 18, 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


  • December 19, 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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  • December 20, 2019
    UU Vespers

    Rev. Kali Fyre leads an informal worship service of sharing, meditation, prayer and music. It's a chance to experience…

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    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm6 Locke Street


  • December 22, 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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  • December 29, 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


  • January 3, 2020
    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


  • January 5, 2020
    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