Worship

gardens-and-spaces-groupOur Sunday worship is an essential ministry at Northwest. The development of our worship service is an intentional and collaborative practice shared by our minister, the Directors of our Music and Religious Education programs, our lay Worship Associates and a whole host of support volunteers.

We offer a unique church experience among our fellow religious communities in Atlanta. That is, our Unitarian Universalist faith movement is based on a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We are, therefore, religiously liberated to draw inspiration from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. The result is that our Sunday worship service will not only speak to your mind, but feed your soul as well.

The Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Frank Campbell speaking from our pulpit about the significance of a UU Sunday service succinctly said, “I can not remember what I had for dinner last night, nor can I remember last Sunday’s sermon, but I know I could not live without either of them.”

Worship Leadership

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Worship Associate in the Pulpit

Our minister, the Rev. Terry Davis, delivers sermons from our pulpit 32 weeks over the course of a year. When Rev. Davis is in the pulpit, a lay Worship Associate will render a reading or a personal reflection.

On other Sundays in our year-round service program, a Sunday service is lead by either another professional minister or by a member of our lay Worship Associate team.

Regardless of worship leadership, you will hear from our pulpit:

  • Direct personal experiences
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions
  • Jewish and Christian teachings
  • Humanist teachings
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions

Music

Our Director of Music, Tom Godfrey, is an accomplished professional musician. He leads our Sunday choir, our Northwest Band and directs our overall music program.

Our music program is frequently cited by members and visitors as moving and inspirational.

Guest musicians also lend their expertise to our worship service.

Religious Education

Our children are our future. Children attend the initial part of our worship service. A standing element of our service is a Wisdom Story told by our Director of Religious Education. The story is integrated into our worship theme for the day.

The children then depart our main sanctuary for their own service and religious education program.

Compelling Message

We welcome those who wish to hear a diverse and compelling Sunday message to attend our Sunday services.

We also welcome those who seek to give voice to their spiritual and personal experiences to join our Worship Associate team. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning needs many voices.

 

Contact our Worship team worship@nwuuc.org