Visit us at UUSGU
Thank you for sharing yourself with this gathered community of Unitarian Universalists, affirming the worth and dignity of all people and honoring our place in the interconnected web of life.
When you visit us on a Sunday morning:
You will sense that we are a true community. The feeling of fellowship is palpable and attractive. People often say this feels like “coming home” immediately making you feel like a part of the family.
You will understand that the core of our faith places human worth and dignity in the highest esteem as we believe the “divine spark” resides in all of us. We also believe that we are all connected: that we are all one world, one people, one family with an inseparable connection to one another that matters.
You will notice a genuine reverence for life and for people.
And finally, you will feel how strongly we value compassion—the highest form of love—in our relationships. We express our compassion, our mercy, forgiveness, joy and love through service—through random acts of kindness—paying it forward, again and again.
You will be glad you took the time to get to know us.
Come for a visit and let us welcome you!
3 Grafton Common
Grafton, MA 01519
What to Expect
Thoughtful, engaging, provocative, inspiring and relevant, worship is the starting point for all that we do together. Worship is how we come together in beloved community to mark the milestones of our lives, and it’s how we gather up the inspiration and courage to go out into the world to make a lasting difference.
What time is the Sunday service?
The Sunday Worship Service and the Religious Exploration Groups begin each week at 10:00 am.
What is a typical Sunday church service like?
Sunday Worship at UUSGU generally includes opening music, the lighting of our chalice, hymns, sharing of Joys and Concerns, Spoken or Silent Meditation, our Minister’s Sermon or a guest speaker’s presentation, greeting of visitors, and closing words and music. Though our services follow fairly traditional structure, the content is usually quite different. Sermon topics are quite variable from week to week, ranging from the exploration of world religions to interpretations of mystical writings, and perhaps current events in culture.
Are there people in the congregation who hold diverse beliefs?
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion — that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason; should be the final authorities in religion; in the end, religious authority lies in ourselves rather than in a book, person, or institution.
Thus, we pose no creed, for we believe that religious faith is uniquely personal and evolves as we each engage in our inner search and in our life journey. We believe this quest is enriched and empowered by the diversity of our community.
At UUSGU people share many different beliefs and backgrounds: Christian, Jewish, Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Taoist, Theist, Muslim, Hindu and Earth-centered — as well as some who follow more than one of these paths.
What symbols do you display in your churches?
In the sanctuary of most UU churches, you will find no traditional religious signs or symbols, or the symbols of many faiths: Christian, Judaism, Islam, Eastern, Native American, and others. In the UUSGU Sanctuary you will find some beautiful handcrafted quilts, made by some of our congregants, and a flaming chalice.
Are people like me welcome in this congregation?
Here at UUSGU we say, ALL are welcome. Our congregation strives to respect and welcome all people. We encourage people of all ages, races, colors, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnic origins, genders, sexual orientations, and enablement to join with us in celebrating life and all of its awesome diversity.
What happens after church?
After our worship service we invite you to join us for fellowship and refreshments at our Coffee Hour. For more information about the church, we have an informational bulletin board and more literature about Unitarian Universalism in our literature rack. If you have brought your children or youth you may want to connect with our Director of Religious Exploration Programs. She will be able to answer any questions you might have about our programs for children & youth.
How do I meet other people? How do I get involved?
Attend a service! You will be greeted at the sanctuary doors where you can learn about opportunities for community, education, service, and spiritual growth.
Stay for coffee and conversation in the Fellowship Hall following the service. You are also welcome to schedule a visit with our Minister, Rev. Daniel Gregoire, or Our Director of Religious Exploration Programs to discuss how you and your family can become part of our Beloved Community.