You might ask “Why do they go to church?” Here’s what some of the members and friends of Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church say.:
Though I consider myself a bit of an introvert, I also think of my life as a journey and an adventure. A large part of what I love about Unitarian Universalism is that there are no set rules or dogma to dictate what shape or form the things I find on my adventure are to take. Instead I find a place of respite where I can find the language to describe my adventure, and an open, caring community to share it with and learn from along the way.
Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church has become like an anchor for a wandering soul, wandering but never lost. I’ve found people and situations that challenge me to just sit and rest for awhile. Here I find patience when I feel restless, love, creativity and expression in so many forms. I find space when I need it and compassion, companionship and fellowship when I need that. Davies is my home and a family I can count on as I continue to grow and journey on my way. – Gina G.
When my first child was about 4 years old, I realized that I wanted to raise her in a community of people who cared about the values by which they lived their lives, but would not ask me to pledge adherence to any dogma I could not honestly believe. A UU community met that need and had the unexpected bonus of introducing me to many interesting, caring people. – Virginia C.
In the UU Church I have found a group that is willing to discuss the matter of the communion wine while breaking coffee cake and drinking green tea. A do-it-yourself religion. I find atheists and polytheists discussing the merits of the Ten Commandments without the trump card: “Believe as I do or You will go to Hell!” Instead of rote recitation of creeds, we are encouraged to build our own religions. There is room for everyone as long as each one of us is willing to make room for everyone else. – Bill G.
When I think of Davies words like — home, community, friendship, love come to mind. I’ve been attending services at Davies for over 5 years, both of my daughters were welcomed into the church community by Rev. Don. The religious education (Sunday school) program at Davies is a wonderful way for my children (and me) to learn about our faith, the traditions of other religious communities, and it reinforces the values that I try to instill at home. – Rose K.
Exerpts: I can still remember that [first] Sunday. I was nervous naturally. Who wouldn’t be attending a new church? I was met at the door [and they] made me feel right at home. Throughout the service and coffee hour afterward everyone I met were warm friendly and I felt right at home. I’ve a disability effecting both my arms and hands. All my life wherever I go some people stare, awesome I am unable to do anything or make comments. My first day at Davies was totally refreshing. I noticed right off not a person stared, not a person awesomed, I could [help myself] and not a person made a comment. Even the children after church were the same . …it was a refreshing display of the wonderful humanity of the people at Davies. The humanity of the people – the children, the youth, and young adults are beacons of humanity in a world that so desperately needs it. – Tom Stubbs Jr.
…I came to Davies once, and it only took that one visit for me to know that this place would become my home. The welcome was warm and I was even recruited for the choir!… Soon I was invite to the Women’s Circle, where I found emotional support as I went through the loss of one of my sisters, my mother, and my father. I was deeply glad to be part of a spiritual community where no one expected me to believe that a loving and powerful god would visit my sister with the agonies she experienced in her life and in her dying. Instead, they simply cared. (read the entire testimonial by Jessica here)
Also see UUA: Your Stories and Blessings