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GNOUU is a local cluster of UU churches who are revitalizing their faith while rebuilding their city.

Welcome to Community Church

Community Church's Sunday services and children's religious education are held weekly at 11:00 a.m.

 

CCUU
6690 Fleur de Lis Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
in Lakeview
All are welcome - casual attire.
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Rev. Jim VanderWeeleWe believe that we are all family and we all have value.

The purpose of Community Church is to form a community to practice and advance a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, the inherent worth and dignity of every person and a commitment to ethical living.

We invite you to visit us on Sunday mornings to explore our spirituality together.  All are welcome.

October Services at CCUU PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
October 5, How Can We Keep from Singing? Bennett Britt and the CCUU choir will present a series of anthems as musical meditation on the ritual of worship. Choral works by Jane M. Marshall, Lloyd Pfautsch, Carl F. Mueller, and Robert J. Powell will be featured. The congregation and the children will be invited to lend their voices alongside the choir as we “make a joyful noise.” Suzanne Cole will be the facilitator for this service. 

 

 

October 12, Living Your Faith. The Reverend Deanna Vandiver, our Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalist Community Minister, will bring us the good news of the work of our faith being done through the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, the non-profit cocreated by CCUU in 2007. 

 

October 19, What Are We Doing to Renew Ourselves? Rev. Jim invites us to reconsider our commitment to our faith, to our church, and to our spiritual journeys. In this message on our monthly theme he poses the question: Are We For Us or Is There Something Happening That Is Working Against Us? 

 

October 26, God Is Against Guns! This message has been bubbling in your minister’s sermon pot for many years. This is an argument against the National Rifle Association, something Rev. Jim can do as a minister (he thinks, he hopes) but could not do when he was pursing a political career

 
September Services at CCUU PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00
September 28, The Whole Idea of Compassion. In a world filled with a multitude of dualities, in a topsy turvy reality incited by “I’ll get mine,” is it still possible to be a compassionate person? Your minister opens Matthew Fox’s A Spirituality Named Compassion to explore his approach to building and living a compassionate life.
 
Letter in the Advocate PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 19:46
 Rev. VanderWeele attended the First UU service where anti-choice protestors disrupted worship. This letter was written in response. 40 local faith leaders signed on to say that the Space for Worship is Sacred.  

 
 

On Sunday morning, July 20, the sacred time and space of a historic New Orleans congregation was violated. As congregants of First Unitarian Universalist Church, founded in 1833, held a moment of silent prayer to grieve a young woman of the church who had died the previous week, protestors from Operation Save America began to harangue the minister and spew words of hate to and at the congregation. In shock, but with increasing pain as these diatribes continued, the congregation listened quietly as protestors vilified and insulted them. Soon, though, the protestors were ushered out of the church.

As this was happening in the sanctuary, other protesters, holding grotesque images, massed around the windows of the church nursery, screaming at the babies and toddlers. Youth were told they were “going to hell” and that their family members were suffering from illness due to their sins. The church members responded by singing words of love, justice and freedom to counteract this hateful rhetoric.

For religious communities in the United States, the freedom to worship is a deeply cherished right. Whatever our faith, whenever we worship, the right to worship as we choose was fought for by our ancestors and is vital to all today. Along with this freedom comes the right to disagree, which is one part of the pluralism created by our religious freedom.

But all of us agree that no one has the right to desecrate the sacred worship time and space in order to express their disagreement. The undersigned people of faith do not agree on everything. In fact, some of us only agree that we have the right to disagree. But that is enough. No congregation, whatever their views may be, should have their sacred worship time and space violated. Not ever. Not by anybody.

I and 39 other local religious leaders by this letter call on the larger community to stand with us, with hearts joined on the side of love and in opposition to religious terrorism.

The Rev. Jim VanderWeele, New Orleans
The Rev. William Barnwell
The Rev. Paul Beedle
The Rev. Claire Vonk Brooks
The Rev. Gary Brooks
Pat Bryant, co-moderator, Justice and Beyond
The Rev. Callie Winn Crawford
Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn
The Rev. Jeff Conner
The Rev. Rob Courtney
The Rev. Don Frampton
The Rev. Lauren Frazier-McGuin
The Rev. Joann M. Garma
Vanessa Gueringer, vice president, A Community Voice
Michael G. Hackett, deacon, Diocese of Louisiana
The Very Rev. AJ Heine
The Rev. Henry L. Hudson
The Rev. Eronica C. King
Rabbi Ethan Linden
Rabbi Robert H. Loewy
The Rev. Dr. Jane Mauldin
The Rev. Priscilla Maumus
The Rev. Herbert McGuin, III
Rabbi Barbara Metzger
The Rev. Melanie Morel-Ensminger
Max Niedzwiecki, convener
Tom Paine, pastor
The Rev. Fred Powell, III
The Rev. Tony Rigoli, OMI
The Rev. Darcy Roake
Minister Norbert Rome
The Rev. Mitchell Smith
Dr. William Soileau
The Rev. William H. Terry
The Rev. William Thiele, Ph.D.
The Rev. Jennie Thomas
The Rev. Ron Unger
The Rev. Deanna Vandiver
The Rev. Tom Watson
The Rev. Dwight Webster, Ph. D.

 

 
What Is Unitarian Universalism? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 19:10

Unitarian Universalism began within the Christian Church as two separate heresies: belief in the oneness of God (Unitarianism) and belief in universal salvation (Universalism). These ideas, though preceding it, gained followers after the Protestant Reformation in the 1500's and were widely taught in the United States in the 1700's at Harvard College and within the congregationalism of the Pilgrim church.

In 1785 King's Chapel in Boston was the first American church to declare its Unitarianism. Through the years as they were affected by transcendentalism and the rationalist humanists, Unitarianism and Universalism grew further from traditional Christianity and closer to one another and officially merged in 1961.

From their founding both Unitarianism and Universalism were non-creedal, claiming freedom of belief as a basic value. The authority for our individual beliefs is the evidence of our local experience refined through reason and spirit and tested in community. Although those beliefs may range from liberal Christianity to naturalistic humanism, it is probably true that nearly all of us can agree to these four statements:

  1. Each of us has the right and the responsibility to seek his or her own truth.

  2. Our faith, although it may transcend reason may not be contrary to it.

  3. We respect all people for their individual worth without regard to color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.

  4. We must focus on the needs and purposes of this life rather than an afterlife in which some of us may believe, but for which we have no evidence.

This only scratches the surface, there is a wealth of information about Unitarian Universalism available on the web site of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

 

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