Welcome to Newcomers
Address: 1025 Mt. Vernon Highway, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327
Service: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Children’s activity time is held during the service. A nursery is available. Plan to stay after service for our social time and Second Hour programs.
Northwest is a liberal religious community, grounded in the heritage and principles of Unitarian Universalism. We seek to create loving community, inspire joy and spiritual growth, and support courageous action.
Our doors are open to anyone regardless of religious background, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender expression, age or ability. If you have a desire to explore questions of truth and meaning with others and are respectful of diverse people and beliefs, you have found kindred spirits here.
About Unitarian Universalism
We are a faith of deeds, not creeds. Rather than having one creed, Unitarian Universalism embraces world religions and secular philosophies as authenitic sources of truth.
We believe in religious freedom and encourage people to explore their individual spiritual paths. We respect each person’s quest for truth, meaning and the sacred. We collectively affirm seven principles that guide our individual and congregational behavior.
When you enter the building foyer, a Newcomer Greeter will welcome you. At the Newcomer Table, you will have an opportunity to ask questions, get a nametag and be offered an information packet.
If your children accompany you, information will also be provided on our nursery as well as our Religious Education program. School age children attend the first part of our Sunday service. Following the telling of a Wisdom story by our Director of Religious Education, children then proceed to age appropriate programs in our Religious Education building called the Chalice House. If you wish, your children may remain with you during service.
What are your services like?
During our one-hour service, we explore world religions, spirituality, social justice, current events and personal development. Our music is as diverse as our theology. In addition to congregational hymns, we hear and enjoy classical, folk and rock ’n’ roll.
Along with a sermon by our minister, people have an opportunity hear a reflection from a lay Worship Associate and, if they wish, to share a joy or concern with the congregation. After service, fellowship continues during our coffee social time.
At 11:30 am, we offer children‘s Religious Education and adult learning programs, which we refer to as Second Hour. The one-hour programs, often led by Northwest members and friends, cover a wide range of topics designed to stimulate your thinking and passions, encourage connections and nurture your sense of well-being.
Child care is provided as well as adult supervision on our playground.
LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation
Northwest is an active “Welcoming Congregation.” The Welcoming Congregation Program was initiated by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1990. The Welcoming Congregation Program encourages congregations to take intentional steps to be welcoming to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
“Unitarian Universalists have been vocal supporters of marriage equality for decades. I thank them for their dedicated commitment to our Unitarian Universalist principle of affirming the worth and dignity of every person.”
Today, 66% of U.S. Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and 94% of Canadian UU congregations are recognized as Welcoming Congregations.
In 2012, Northwest was officially recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as an Accredited Green Sanctuary. The program, founded by the UU Ministry of Earth, was designed to give life to the vision that we can create a world in which all people care for the living Earth.
At Northwest, we have installed a solar array on our roof top, continually improve our energy efficiency and have an active Earth Ministry program. We have a beautiful religious home situated on a five acre wooded lot and take seriously our responsibility to preserve and protect the health, vitality, beauty and diversity of our larger home, planet Earth.
Social Justice: Standing on the Side of Love
Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association, Standing on the Side of Love is interfaith public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression.
At Northwest, we engage with other Unitarian Universalist congregations in joint action to support access to healthcare, living wages, family-oriented immigration policies, workplace equality and other issues impacting the quality of life in our communities.
Northwest in the News
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