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  1. Dana permalink
    April 17, 2013 11:57 pm

    I am pagan. I was wandering if this type of gathering would welcome someone of my faith. I do know a lot about the bible but the bible is not my main source of belief.

    • April 18, 2013 8:23 pm

      Yes, we welcome persons of goodwill from all the major faith traditions. We do not ask you to give up your previous religious heritage when you come through our doors , but rather we ask you to bring its wisdom into our community so that all of us might be further enriched.
      Our Sunday services are at 10:45. In form our services are similar to what you would encounter at any mainline traditional church, with hymns, readings, a sermon. But in substance it would be a bit different. The are no verbal prayers, but rather a time of silent meditation. If there are readings from a religious text during the service, it might be something from the Bible, but it might be a selection from the Upanishads, or a teaching from the Buddhist tradition, or even a story from Greek or Roman mythology or Native American spirituality.
      I hope that you will visit with us soon. We look forward to having you come and experience our community. That is really the best way to learn what we are about.

  2. June 1, 2013 3:28 pm

    Your church is one of the greatest expressions of inclusion in the Metro Valdosta community. I hope to visit with you all soon. I am interested if the ministry would be interested in joint fellowship with local churches of like faith and practice. Thank you for all you do in this community.

    • Carol permalink*
      June 5, 2013 10:28 am

      Thank you for your message – we do strive to be inclusive of all, and we welcome opportunities to work with those of like mind. Please do come visit us!

  3. Dawn permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:57 am

    I am researching faith groups as I am moving to Valdosta soon. I follow a mostly Buddhist tradition and so was interested in your group based on your recent 8 fold path sermon. Is your congregation welcoming to LGBT persons/families?

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      March 25, 2014 10:14 am


      Our congregation has long been welcoming of LGBT persons and families. One of our members serves on the board of PFLAG and the PFLAG chapter meets at the church. We regularly participate in the South Georgia Pride Festival and host an Interfaith Pride Service at the church in conjunction with the festival, and we host a Rainbow Mixer in February, part of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.

      In addition, there is a Buddhist group that meets at the church on Tuesday evenings. You can read about this group in the monthly newsletter (available under the “Events” tab on our website). Our members follow a diversity of spiritual paths, including Buddhism. We hope you will visit us as soon as you make the move to Valdosta!

      Carol Stiles

  4. Tawny permalink
    November 7, 2014 1:34 am

    Hi there!
    I visited your lovely church a few months back and I just wanted to tell you all how much I genuinely loved the experience. The people were so welcoming and diverse and I learned so much from the service. Unfortunately, my work schedule changed and at the moment, I’m not free to attend on Sundays. I’m hoping this will change after November, at which time I fully intend to return to your little church in the woods. Thanks so much! I hadn’t been to a church service in almost fifteen years and I enjoyed the brief experience of a spiritual community again.
    Tawny M.

    • permalink*
      November 7, 2014 3:16 pm

      Thanks for the message – we do hope you will be able to join us again soon!
      In community,
      Carol Stiles
      President, UU Valdosta

  5. Nicole permalink
    December 22, 2014 11:54 pm

    Hello. I am generally atheist, but I have been looking for a place that I can not feel pressured or pounded with religion, but could still participate in community. I have read all about UU and looked through the site and the Facebook page, and I am interested in coming to check it out.

    My question is: Is there a nursery or toddler age classroom or something for during service? I’m not sure how well my two toddlers would sit in a service and I wasn’t sure if they might be too young for the youth RE class I saw on the site. My boys are 1 and 2 years old.

    Thank you!

  6. permalink*
    December 23, 2014 6:36 pm

    Hi, Nicole!

    Yes, we have a separate nursery room for the younger ones. Sue Bailey is our RE director, and she usually has the lesson and activity for the RE class. We have at least one person lined up to help her each week and then depending upon how many children of various ages are attending, we may ask a second person to help out.

    We do hope you will join us – our small congregation includes people following many different traditions, including atheist, humanist, pagan, Buddhist and Christian, to name a few! Like you, many of us are seeking a shared community, which we strive to provide each Sunday morning. We also have some other evening activities going on at the church – the January 2015 newsletter will be posted on the website in a day or two. Thanks for your inquiry!

    In community,
    Carol Stiles
    UU Valdosta

  7. Nicole permalink
    December 24, 2014 10:07 am

    One more question–

    On average, how many people attend service on Sundays?

    • Carol Stiles permalink*
      December 24, 2014 2:59 pm

      About 30-35 people attend – sometimes close to 40, sometimes less. Hope to see you soon!

  8. Chad Andrews permalink
    June 19, 2015 3:40 pm

    I am currently a member of Mile Hi Church in Denver, CO., a Science of Mind and Spirit congregation. I am considering moving back to Valdosta (although it will be some time before I am ready to do so). I was looking over your website and the teachings seem to be very similar to Science of Mind, we even had Edwine Gaines, a Unity minister, as a guest speaker a few a weeks ago. I was wondering if there is any significant difference in the teachings of UU and Science of Mind?

    • permalink*
      June 22, 2015 11:08 am

      I do not know much about Science of Mind, except the little bit of info I read online a while back. UU is not the same as Unity either, although, we do share this philosophy (from the website): “an open-minded, accepting spiritual community that honors all paths to God and helps people discover and live their spiritual potential and purpose.”
      We are always interested in learning about the many spiritual paths different people take, so we invite you to visit us when you move here, or if you are ever in town before the actual move. Our “Sunday Service” topics are listed under that tab, and our newsletter is available under “Events.”
      In community,
      Carol Stiles, President UU Valdosta

  9. Steffen permalink
    December 14, 2015 12:06 am

    Hello, I was wondering if there is still a Buddhism practice here?
    If not, could somebody please help me locate any of the individuals once involved?
    I feel out of place, and I would really like to have others to practice with.
    Thank you.

  10. leslie lunney permalink
    August 1, 2017 3:50 pm

    I heard you all offer Tai Chi but I don’t see it on the site, can you please direct me?

    • permalink*
      August 3, 2017 8:38 pm

      The Tai Chi group meets at UU on Monday and Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Contact: or for more information about membership fees and schedule. The instructors are Dennis Bogyo and Luana Goodwin.

      It is listed on our “Events” page with other ongoing activities. Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Carol Stiles

  11. megan permalink
    December 31, 2017 9:01 am

    faith is Buddhism is this a church for that ?

    • permalink*
      January 4, 2018 1:08 pm

      Yes, we have some people who follow Buddhist teachings that attend our services. There is a small group that meets on Tuesday evenings for meditation.

      We welcome people from all traditions at UU Valdosta! See our newsletter or Sunday Services tab for services and other events.
      Carol Stiles
      VP / Program Chair

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