Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise

A Progressive, Inclusive Faith Community
WELCOME

We are the Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise, Arizona. We provide a religious and spiritual home for open-minded, community-involved people in the northwest valley.

We welcome you!

Services are held Sundays at 10:30am. Visitors are always welcome. Coffee and snacks are served during the social hour following the service.

17540 N Avenue of the Arts
Surprise, AZ 85378
(623) 875-2550

RECENT SERVICE

September 23, 2018

True Vocation: Improving the World

Rev. Terry Sims

What did Jesus spend most of his time doing? What was the Buddha’s occupation? How did Socrates earn a living in later life, or Lao Tzu? True vocation may not fit a job description or garner a pay check. But maybe that’s because vocation in one sense is the same for all of us – to find our own way to improve new worlds.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SERVICE

September 30, 2018

Gratitude and Forgiveness: A Vocation for the Aging”

Rev. Clint Reynolds

In his poem/hymn, the late Leonard Cohen, balladeer and musical philosopher, sang “Ring the bell that still can ring, There’s a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in!” Let’s worship together and contemplate how the Prayers of Gratitude and Forgiveness might be a vocation that allows the light to get in “to the darkness of our world.”.

 

 

“Freedom of belief is the characteristic theme of contemporary Unitarian Universalism. We are a non-creedal church. There is no doctrinal test for membership. Instead, we have chosen a heritage that places the final authority for religious questions not with a book, the Bible, nor with an institution, the church, but with reason and individual conscience. A Unitarian Universalist, led by his or her reason and conscience to a belief in the unique mission of Jesus, may sit beside another Unitarian Universalist similarly led, who denies the existence of God.” — Reverend Emeritus Dr. Walter F. Wieder

“Freedom of belief is the characteristic theme of contemporary Unitarian Universalism. We are a non-creedal church. There is no doctrinal test for membership. Instead, we have chosen a heritage that places the final authority for religious questions not with a book, the Bible, nor with an institution, the church, but with reason and individual conscience. A Unitarian Universalist, led by his or her reason and conscience to a belief in the unique mission of Jesus, may sit beside another Unitarian Universalist similarly led, who denies the existence of God.”
— Reverend Emeritus Dr. Walter F. Wieder

WELCOME!

We are glad that you have found us! If you have made your way to our congregation or its website, maybe you are wondering and searching, as we were wondering and searching when we found it. Do you share with us a sense that there is more to life than appears on its bare surface? Have you also felt awe, joy, something wonderful that lies at the heart of life and gives it meaning? Do you, too, value questions and critical thinking?

If so, we offer a safe place to gather, explore, and yes, celebrate together. We are the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Surprise, Arizona. We do not ask anyone to stake his or her life on any one belief system by adopting its creed. Instead, we honor and value many wisdom traditions, including our own. We believe that together we can find common purpose for our lives, affirming and respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe that all human beings need to search freely and responsibly for truth and meaning. We believe that all of us need to be treated with justice, equity, and compassion. And we believe that we are only a part of the interdependent web of all existence.

If you are new to the Phoenix area, or “church”, or Unitarian Universalism, or to all three, we would be very pleased to meet you. Thank you for visiting this website and for letting us introduce our congregation!

Rev. Terry Sims, Minister

WELCOME!

We are glad that you have found us! If you have made your way to our congregation or its website, maybe you are wondering and searching, as we were wondering and searching when we found it. Do you share with us a sense that there is more to life than appears on its bare surface? Have you also felt awe, joy, something wonderful that lies at the heart of life and gives it meaning? Do you, too, value questions and critical thinking?

If so, we offer a safe place to gather, explore, and yes, celebrate together. We are the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Surprise, Arizona. We do not ask anyone to stake his or her life on any one belief system by adopting its creed. Instead, we honor and value many wisdom traditions, including our own. We believe that together we can find common purpose for our lives, affirming and respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe that all human beings need to search freely and responsibly for truth and meaning. We believe that all of us need to be treated with justice, equity, and compassion. And we believe that we are only a part of the interdependent web of all existence.

If you are new to the Phoenix area, or “church”, or Unitarian Universalism, or to all three, we would be very pleased to meet you. Thank you for visiting this website and for letting us introduce our congregation!

Rev. Terry Sims, Minister

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

WE ARE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION

In 1987 the Unitarian Universalist Association established the Common Vision Planning Committee. This committee found many negative attitudes, deep prejudices, and profound ignorance about bisexual, gay, and lesbian people, which resulted in the exclusion of bisexual, gay, and lesbian people from their churches. As a result of these findings, the delegates of the 1989 UUA General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to initiate the Welcoming Congregation program to educate its members. Each congregation adapts the program to best meet its goals and each unique situation can bring positive changes to individuals and congregations.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. –Paul Hawken, to a graduating class in 2009 

WE ARE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION

In 1987 the Unitarian Universalist Association established the Common Vision Planning Committee. This committee found many negative attitudes, deep prejudices, and profound ignorance about bisexual, gay, and lesbian people, which resulted in the exclusion of bisexual, gay, and lesbian people from their churches. As a result of these findings, the delegates of the 1989 UUA General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to initiate the Welcoming Congregation program to educate its members. Each congregation adapts the program to best meet its goals and each unique situation can bring positive changes to individuals and congregations.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. –Paul Hawken, to a graduating class in 2009