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Rev. Lara Hoke

Rev. Lara Hoke

Welcome!  I am 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”.  I 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 bisexual, gay, lesbian or transgender; we have made a commitment to work for justice around BGLT issues as well.)

I think you will find that people at the UUCiA care deeply about each other.  I have had the privilege of serving as the half-time minister of this congregation since July 2009, and I never cease to be amazed.

I am so pleased that you have found this website, and hope that you will visit us some Sunday soon.  I hope that you will be as delighted with this congregation as I have been.  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.”

Posted by Rev. M. Lara Hoke on September 1st, 2012

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  • September 17, 2019
    Book Discussion Group

    The book group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at various homes. The book group will meet…

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  • September 18, 2019
    Worship Commitee

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

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  • September 19, 2019
    Social Justice Committee

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    Family Game Afternoon

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    Pasta Potluck

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    Self Defenses for Novices

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  • October 15, 2019
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  • October 16, 2019
    Worship Commitee

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

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  • October 17, 2019
    Social Justice Committee

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  • October 20, 2019
    Sunday Service: Coming Home

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


  • October 24, 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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