Unitarian Universalism is unique in that its members are joined by common values, rather than a particular creed of religious beliefs. If you are hungry for a church that honors your questions rather than giving you one set of answers, Allen Avenue UU Church, in Portland Maine, might be what you are looking for. Worship services can be quite varied; themes will include such topics as spiritual growth, common ethical questions, social issues of our day, and the great mysteries of life. We draw on the wisdom of many religious traditions and philosophies in our choice of readings and lessons.
Our services begin with a welcoming message and announcements. Visitors and guests are invited to stand and introduce themselves, if they wish, but shouldn’t feel obligated to do so. We light a chalice to begin our worship, a symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith, and continue with:
- A lesson for all ages
- Sharing of joys and concerns
- An offering which we share with local charities or relief organizations
Our Music Director plays a wide range of music on the piano, our choir usually sings at the 11 a.m. service, and we have other talented musicians who sing or play a variety of instruments at both services.
Seasonal Worship Services
Most worship services from September to June are led by our minister, Rev. Tara Humphries. Once a month we have a lay-led service, sponsored by our Worship Committee. Learn more about lay participation in worship.
Our summer services are smaller, more informal and in the round, led by lay members of the congregation. They usually include hymns, readings and reflections, as well as a welcome, sharing of joys and concerns, and an offering. There will tend to be a diversity of themes and styles each week, ranging from rituals and singalongs, to lectures and meditations.