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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

      Dana,
      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.
      Regards,
      Fred

  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. Koty permalink
    October 3, 2013 7:02 pm

    I was wondering if your church is performs marriage ceremonies? My family and I have recently moved to the area and are seeking someone to marry us in a small marriage ceremony.

    • uuvaldosta@yahoo.com permalink*
      October 3, 2013 10:35 pm

      Yes, our minister, Rev. Fred Howard, would be happy to visit with you about a marriage ceremony. His e-mail address is fredhoward3622@gmail.com and I will make sure that he sees this message.

      Carol Stiles
      President, UU Valdosta

    • Fred Howard permalink
      October 4, 2013 2:17 pm

      Koty,
      My name is Rev. Fred Howard and I’m the minister of the Unitarian Church of Valdosta. I do perform marriage ceremonies and I would be glad to meet with you and your intended so that we could have a conversation about this in the near future. We would just need to find a mutually convenient time.
      Please note that I am expecting a grandchild most any day and once I get the call, I will be OOT for a few days.
      Look forward to our meeting soon.
      Grace and Peace,
      Fred

  4. 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?

    • uuvaldosta@yahoo.com permalink*
      March 25, 2014 10:14 am

      Dawn,

      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
      President
      uuvaldosta@yahoo.com

  5. 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.

    • uuvaldosta@yahoo.com permalink*
      November 7, 2014 3:16 pm

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

  6. 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!
    Nicole

  7. uuvaldosta@yahoo.com 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
    President
    UU Valdosta
    uuvaldosta@yahoo.com

  8. 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!

  9. 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?

    • uuvaldosta@yahoo.com permalink*
      June 22, 2015 11:08 am

      Chad,
      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 Unity.org 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
      uuvaldosta@yahoo.com

  10. 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.

  11. uuvaldosta@yahoo.com permalink*
    December 14, 2015 10:18 am

    Yes, the KTD meditation group meets 6:00 to 7:30 pm every Tuesday! If you will send a message to uuvaldosta@yahoo.com, I will forward it on to the leaders of this group for more info.

    We also invite you to check our newsletter (under the Events tab) for services and other activities that may be of interest to you.

    In community,
    Carol Stiles
    Vice-president

  12. Chelsea Oberender permalink
    December 21, 2015 2:01 pm

    Hello,
    I was wondering if y’all were giving a special service on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day? I am not currently a member but I am very interested in becoming one… If not I hope to see y’all one Sunday very soon!
    Merry Christmas,
    Chelsea

    • uuvaldosta@yahoo.com permalink*
      December 22, 2015 9:24 am

      Chelsea,
      We are not holding a special service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but hope you will be able to join us soon for a Sunday service. On Sunday, Dec. 27, the service will be a “Celebration of Light.” To quote from our newsletter: “We will be discussing the symbolism of light as a ray of hope and beacon of faith for all manner of traditions, and the miracles that this season represents.”
      In community,
      Carol Stiles
      Vice-President, UU Valdosta

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