Frequently Asked Questions
What is Unitarian Universalism? What do you believe?
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion -- that is, a religion with an open mind to the religious questions people struggle with in all times and places. We are a "non-creedal" religion: we do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. Rather, each member is encouraged to embark on a conscientious, life-long quest for religious beliefs in which they come to feel deeply they must believe. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that religious authority lies not in a single book or person or institution, but in ourselves.
How big is Unitarian Universalism? Is there a national community of UU churches?
In 2009-2010 there were 1,046 congregations, and over 220,000 UUs worldwide. The democratically-led presiding association is called the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). You can learn more about Unitarian Universalism on the national and international level at UUA.org.
What is the history of Unitarian Universalism?
Both Unitarianism and Universalism have long separate histories. The Unitarian Universalist Association merged these two religious groups in 1971. To find out more, read the history page of the UUA website or attend a UU & You class offered at our congregation.
When are your services?
The Sunday Main Service is at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by a time of coffee/tea and fellowship in the Social Hall.
Where are you located?
We are located in Clemson, South Carolina. Here's a map!
What is the dress code?
Members wear everything from jeans and sneakers to traditional Sunday best.
May my child stay with me during the service?
Yes, children are welcome. Children may stay for the service, or leave to attend religious education classes after the part of the service called Together Time. A nursery is available for young children. Please pick your child up by noon.
Are Sunday school classes available for my children?
Yes. We offer religious education (“RE”) classes beginning when the children are dismissed from the Main Service. Classes are designed to be hands-on, participatory and fun. Find out more in the Education section of this website.
Is there an opportunity to meet staff and leaders?
You are invited to the social hour after each Sunday service. Join staff and lay leaders for an informal visit and a chance to ask questions. We also hold orientation classes (called “UU & You”) several times in the fall and spring.
What are the expectations of membership?
As members of UUFC, we will, to the best of our abilities and according to the dictates of our consciences, contribute to the life of this congregation with our time, energy, and our financial support; attend services regularly and otherwise participate in the vision of this congregation; and through this congregation, nourish ourselves spiritually.
How do I become a member?
Follow these steps on your Pathway to Membership.
How does UUFC support the community?
UUFC regularly volunteers at local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Child Development Center. Also, 25% of undesignated donations are given to one of the charities we support. Check out the Social Action page for more information and how you can get involved.
I’d like to get involved and meet some people. How can I get plugged in to ongoing UUFC events and activities?
Whether or not you are a Member, there are many ways to meet people and become involved beyond just attending the Sunday Services. You can take a look at the Activities page, Online Calendar and subscrbe to our electronic newsletter Weekly Connection.
Joining UUFC committees is another great way to get involved. A part of our shared ministry is taking on leadership roles to achieve our UUFC mission. Without volunteers there would be no music, no coffee, and no website! Whether a Member or a Friend, we encourage you to share their talents by becoming active on UUFC committees.