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Become a member of our community and experience our unbounded spirituality, which draws from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition.
If you are looking for a spiritual community in Norwich where you do not have to check your personal background and beliefs at the door, you have come to the right place. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Norwich, we offer a nurturing atmosphere in which people from all walks of life can deepen their spiritual lives while joining us on a journey that honors everywhere you’ve been before.
To ensure that we foster a well-rounded congregation, we host a number of speakers and discuss various topics throughout the year. We invite you to browse through our website, read our write-ups, and listen to posted Sermon Audios to learn more about us.
May 26: Douglas Wilson - The Beatles: Their Genius, Their Love, and Their Influence
Douglas Wilson was the Executive Director of UU Rowe Camp and Conference Center in Rowe, Massachusetts from 1974 until December 21, 2012. He’s a Unitarian Universalist minister, writer, political activist, amateur comedian, wise guy, collage artist, and philosopher.
Douglas fir Wilson was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1946. From age five until twenty he lived in Santa Barbara, graduating from UCSB in 1967, a full-fledged hippie and peace activist. At age 20 he went to Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley and in 1971 he was ordained in the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn. That summer he was the assistant director of UU Rowe Camp, where he was deeply moved by the impact these three weeks had on the campers. After leaving Brooklyn in 1973, he walked 2000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, landing back at Rowe Camp, which had just bought the neighboring farmhouse. In 1974 he started Rowe Conference Center in the fall, winter, and spring, which returns to being Rowe Camp in the summers. He calls himself a writer, political activist, amateur comedian, wise guy, collage artist, philosopher, and non-profit entrepreneur, his favorite oxymoron. He retired on December 21, 2012 and wants to become a writer and an artist and a philosopher who talks about life and death and everything.
We welcome fellow seekers to consider life's big questions and share our loving community.
We are a spiritually inspired urban community of caring people. We derive strength from our diversity, work for human dignity everywhere, and provide a strong voice for social justice in the greater Norwich area. None of us has final answers to the central questions of life, but we are committed to the process of seeking truth and meaning.
We inquire and worship together, learn through respectful religious dialog, and draw upon the spiritual wisdom of every tradition, from every corner of the globe.
Our 2018 - 2019 worship season began on September 9 at 10:00 AM. We meet in the Upper Bushnell Room of the Central Baptist Church. Visitors and newcomers are welcome!
Our services draw from seven Principles, which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote. We live out the Principles within a "living tradition" of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from multiple sources such as science, poetry, scripture and personal experience. We encourage you to bring your own ideas and inspiration to our congregation, where you'll find others who will listen and perhaps even share your enthusiasm!
Read on for more details about our church. For questions, comments, or feedback, do not hesitate to contact us.
One of our primary goals is to make our church as accessible to as many people as possible. This is the reason why we conduct services in the Upper Bushnell Room of Central Baptist Church at 2 Union Street (entrance on Church Street). We are just across the street from the Norwich Town Hall.
Parking spaces are available on both the lower and upper floor of the parking structure right across the street from Norwich City Hall. There is also street parking on Union Street, on Church Street, and on Broadway right outside Norwich City Hall. For the mobility-challenged, access to our worship space is easiest from the Church Street side, where there is limited handicapped parking on the street near the entrance on Sundays.
We are not overly formal–most people wear what's comfortable for them and what works for the current weather condition. If you are used to "dressing up" for church and are comfortable with that, by all means, dress up! Most people attend our church in “business casual” clothing.