I know that finding a new spiritual home (or your first one ever) can be a big deal. I applaud your taking this step to find a congregation to join you on your spiritual path. I encourage you to come a few times to get a feel for the way we work, and don’t hesitate to ask anyone, especially ministers or staff, if you have a question. No question is too small or too obvious. We’re here to help you get connected!
Unitarian Universalism is a lived-faith: one that doesn’t just happen in our minds, but happens through our words and actions. We are committed to searching for truth and meaning in many ways and places. We believe that in order to make sense of life, death, God, Spirit, and all the challenges of our world, we must ask questions, and be challenged as well as comforted in the embrace of community. We do our best to live our values by working toward a more peaceful, fair, free, and inclusive world.
At the Fellowship we strive to uphold the first of our seven Unitarian Universalist principles: affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We welcome you and honor you in your wholeness, celebrating a diversity of ages, races, genders, cultural backgrounds, economic statuses, sexual orientations, sizes, abilities, and disabilities.
So, come as you are! Everyone is welcome to consider becoming part of our Fellowship. My favorite thing to say is “We love you for who you are, and help you become who you want to be.” We will partner with you on your journey of exploration, wonder, love and justice-making. And we hope, if you choose to be part of this community, that you will help us, too!
Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Welcome to the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship! We welcome seekers from all spiritual paths and life experiences. You will find a lot of information about us on this website, but the best way to see what we are about is by attending a service. I am also available to meet with you to help you learn more about the Fellowship and Unitarian Universalism. If you would like to meet before or after a service, I am happy to do so. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-731-0849 to set up a time. Thanks and I hope to meet you soon!
Our Mission Statement is
Growing in mind and spirit
Leading in social justice
If you are looking for a faith community that helps you grow spiritually and a place where you can create meaningful friendships, you have found it!
Come As You Are
Please feel free to come as you are most comfortable. Some people come each week dressed up while others are very casual. This “come as you are” atmosphere extends beyond mere clothing, as we welcome all seekers.
Parking is in the lot in front of our building. There is additional parking in the lot next to ours behind the office building and on the street. There are designated spaces for those people who are less mobile near our side entrance as well as for first time guests.
There are handicap accessible doors in the main doors in the front of the building. There are no steps in the building, and all areas are accessible within the building. There is also a t-loop system, assistive listening devices and large print hymnals available.
Prior to Service
People typically arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the services. People gather in the lobby and Fellowship Hall as a greeting and socializing area. Welcomers will be available in the lobby prior to and after services to answer questions, and introduce you to others if you wish. There are brochures and information available by the Welcome Table. Fair trade coffee and tea are served at all services. You will be invited to fill out a nametag and a Guest Information Card so we can get you the information you are looking for.
Children’s Religious Education and Care
Children are very welcome to stay with their parents if that is the family’s preference, but we hope they don’t miss out on the fun and inspiration available in our Religious Education classes. The Fellowship highly values our vibrant religious education program where all children are welcome to join in the appropriate class or group. Nursery care is offered for children from birth to three years of age is available beginning 15 minutes before the start of each regular service. Parents will be notified if their presence is needed for the welfare of their child by a pager system.
Children start in the Sanctuary with their parents at each service during the program year. There will be an all ages portion of the service and then they will leave with their classes. Middle and high school youth meet during the Sunday service at 10:45 a.m. only. Summer services vary, so check out the Religious Education page for more information.
What are Sunday services like?
Services are spiritual times that allow everyone ample time to participate as they wish. The start of each service begins with the song “Enter Rejoice and Come In”. You will be handed an Order of Service as you enter the Sanctuary.
Services generally follow the same order, including hymns, the sharing of joys and concerns, receiving of an offering for the congregation or a group beyond our walls, silent meditation or prayer, special music, a sermon and a time for the congregation to share their responses to the sermon. Some services vary from this template, so make sure you check out several! The services are typically led by the Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy or Rev. Leah Hart Landsberg. The service may also be led by another minister, a lay leader or a guest speaker. Upcoming service information can be found here.
After the Service
We encourage visitors to meet with Fellowship members and friends for possible questions and conversation in our Fellowship Hall. Members and friends are happy to meet with you, to share impressions and experiences and to welcome you to a congregation that encourages each person’s unique spiritual journey.