We want you to feel welcome and comfortable if you decide to visit. Here's what
you can expect. You can also listen to samples of service and
newsletter to learn more about upcoming services and ongoing activities.
What makes Unitarian Universalists different?
Our openness and diversity of faiths. We don't claim to have answers to life's
mysteries. Instead, a UU's challenge is to discover life's meaning for him or
herself. But none of us is alone in this task. We help each other in many ways,
including sharing our discoveries and our questions. And we have fun at the same
What do its members think of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lakeland?
Surveys tell us that our members value our community most of all. UUCL is a place
of comfort for people whose spirituality doesn't always fit within the confines
of traditional religion, or within any religion. We are gentle with each other,
and respect each others' ways. UUCL is a mixture of interdependence and
independence. We help each other, while at the same time respecting each others'
right to conscience.
What is the religious background of members?
To some extent, UUCL is a haven for spiritual refugees. Most of us started out as
Jewish, Catholic or Protestant. Some of us are still Christian or Jewish. Some
of us are agnostics, humanists or atheists. Some of us believe in an earth-based
spirituality. Some of us are Buddhists. At UUCL, we talk about what we believe,
learn from each other, and explore ways that people of all faiths can make the
world a better place.
Is everyone welcome?
Yes. One of our central beliefs is respect for everyone, regardless of religion,
race, gender, orientation, age or ability. The only people who find it difficult
to fit in are those who are certain that their way is the right way, and demand
that others follow suit.
Is your meeting place wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Our sanctuary has an accessible rear entrance, and an accessible restroom is
located in the administrative building. There are also handicapped parking
spaces. However, the Religious Education building is not accessible at this
Can you meet the needs of visitors with vision or hearing impairments?
Large-print hymnals and headphones are available in the sanctuary.
How big is UUCL?
We have about 90 members, as well as a number of children and supporters.
When are services?
From 11am to noon on Sunday. We have coffee and goodies afterward, so plan
on staying until 12:30pm or so. You can also come earlier at 10am for
Religious Education and Adult Discussion Group, if you choose, and at 2pm,
EarthFamilies services are held.
What is the dress code?
Dress is casual. Jeans and a casual shirt are fine. Some people dress more
formally, so you can too, if you want.
If I visit, can I bring my children?
Of course! In fact, we have staff and responsible volunteers ready to welcome
your children and provide them with activities and supervision.
What should the kids wear?
Something they can play in.
If I visit, will there be pressure to join?
No. We'll welcome you at the door and invite you to stay for coffee. We'd be
happy to have you join us, but we won't try to push ourselves onto you. Our way
of thinking is about free choice. In fact, the right of personal conscience is
one of our basic principles.
If I visit, should I put money in the collection basket?
That's up to you. You can add a few dollars if you want, or nothing at all.
Is there a central organization?
Yes. UUCL is a member of the Unitarian Universalist
Association. We govern ourselves, however. We hire our own minister, create
our own services, design our own education programs, and so on. The UUA is a
support organization, not a governing body.