Bring Your Whole Self: Your Identity, Your Mind, Your Heart
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.
The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. UU Norwich now holds a Water Communion each year at the beginning of the new church year in September.
Members brought to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them, or a place they've visited during the summer. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one poured their water together into our special bottle.
As the water was added, the person who brought it told why the water was special to them, including short stories about their travels and experiences from the summer.
The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It was blessed by the congregation, and we will use it in ceremonies and other events throughout the service year.
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.