Living Our Values: Stories from UUCWC

I really value the way our UUCWC community encourages me to continue growing spiritually, to learn from others and to honestly share my own perspective and experiences. Our Unitarian Universalist faith is covenantal, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn and practice what it means to be in covenant with others- even when this is challenging at times. And UUCWC allows me to connect with other people who also want to put our faith into action, to work for change and to promote justice in our local communities and in the wider world. –  Community Action Ministry Leader and Board Trustee 

UUCWC is deeply woven into the fabric of our family. From Chalice Circles to OWL and Youth Group, Welcome Table Wednesdays, RE, Racial Justice Ministry, Worship Associates and Tech, Board work and more, there are so many ways we’re connected, individually and collectively – not only to the congregation – but more deeply to each other. We are grateful for the many opportunities we have to participate in congregational life, and even more grateful for all that we receive from it. Especially through the challenging political and pandemic times of the past several years, UUCWC has been a unique place of refuge for us all. Every time we pull into the parking lot or log onto Zoom, it feels like coming home. – Board of Trustees Secretary

One of the most rewarding parts of being a part of UUCWC has been contributing to the congregation’s worship experience. As a member of the Worship Associates, I have been able to express myself creatively while feeling like I’m connecting with others and bringing something to their worship experience. Simon, my son has also been able to express himself by playing his oboe during service, connecting with the congregation through sharing his music. This connection has made us feel that we are not just members of the church, but are helping to create the experience of being a member. – Worship Associate Leader

Since the start of the pandemic, UUCWC has been a space where I’ve been able to resume my journey of spiritual growth and to finally enjoy being a part of a congregation. Participating in Chalice Circles and Pathways enabled me to deepen my connection with UUCWC. Learning about the church and its history enhanced my appreciation of UUCWC’s roots, particularly its beginning in my home of Trenton. Chalice Circles have been integral in helping me lead a more mindful and connected life and have a knack for always happening when I need it the most! For the first time in my life I can say that I have a spiritual home/community that I’m proud to be a part of! – Small Group Participant

“I love UUCWC because they talk about love and when we talk about love, more people do good stuff and less bad stuff because loving is the most importantest thing you’ve seen. UUCWC helps the whole community because they help with good things. Around Christmas, they did a kid play and it was really fun. Church school is very fun. In church school, if you have something in your mind, you have to bring it out. UUCWC is full of caring hearts.”  – Child in UUCWC Faith Engagement Program

Joining UUCWC is the culmination of years of seeking a spiritual home embodying humanitarian values, a depth of connection to the great mystery; and a wonderful family of fellow do-gooders; what could be better! – New Member