Your Questions Answered
Is everyone welcome?
Our first principle, respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person, calls upon us to build an open, inclusive community. UUFBR members are native Floridians, transplants, and snowbirds. We come from different religious backgrounds as well – Christian, Jewish, Humanist, secular and others. Our building is handicap-accessible. Hearing assist devices and large print services are available each Sunday.
For more about our inclusive culture, see We Are a Welcoming Congregation.
How big is UUFBR?
Big enough for high ambitions. Small enough to feel like home. Our sanctuary has over 200 chairs. There are well over 100 members and dozens of friends. We also have many children and teens registered in our education program.
When should I visit?
Sunday Morning is probably the best time to get a feel for UUFBR. Services begin at 10:30 am. If you are an early riser, come to the forum, which begins at 9 am. If you like to sing, come at 10:15 am for Morning Sing, led by our Music Director, Stephanie Nixdorf. Whenever you arrive, plan on staying for Coffee Hour after the service (about 11:30). All our programs, from the Writers Circle and Green Sanctuary Groups to Second Hour and the Gardening Group, are always open to all. Check our newsletter for details.
Is there a dress code?
Yes, come comfortable, come casual. Although some of us like wearing our Sunday best, it is not expected. Children should wear clothes easy to play in.
If I visit, should I bring my kids?
Of course! On a typical Sunday, families begin in the sanctuary together. Then, after “Not For Children Only”, teachers and students leave for Religious Education Classes. Parents often leave with their children, settle them in to class and then return to the service. The Nursery is open for infants and toddlers. Families that are more comfortable staying together during worship are invited to do so. There is a basket of quiet activities to make the time pass more quickly, and Osias Hall (the room right outside the Sanctuary) serves as our “wiggle room”, with space to stretch restless legs and couches for those who want to watch the service on the big TV.
What is taught in Sunday School?
Teachers work with curricula drawn from the Unitarian Universalist Association and other sources. Embodying a faith development focus for our congregations, Tapestry of Faith is a series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.
If I visit, will there be a "Hard Sell"?
Absolutely not! We intend to be both welcoming and respectful. If you stop by the Greeters Table before service you can get a name tag, sign up for The Unicorn, our newsletter, or pick up a visitors packet. But if you’d rather wait till your next visit, that’s fine too. The same applies to the Welcome self-introduction during the service.
If I visit, will I be expected to put money in the basket?
That is up to you. Members make an annual pledge of financial support to the Fellowship, and many make their contributions by mail, so there will be no uncomfortable looks if you pass the basket along. Knowing that every week we Share Our Plate, giving half of the collection to groups working for peace and justice in the South Florida community, has made many a pledger put money in the plate.
If I visit, and like it, what then?
Come back. Make sure we have your contact information: name, e-mail, phone, and address. Get involved. Look at the program overview, our newsletter and visit our Facebook page to find what appeals most to you. If UUFBR feels like the community you wish to make your spiritual home, then you may be ready for the next step on your journey to membership.
Have anymore questions that you’d like answered? Contact our Admin Office – firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561)482-2001