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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.


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.

January Services at CCUU PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 December 2014 00:00
Monthly Theme: Integrity

January 4. The GNOUU Jazz Funeral for 2014 will be held at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, on the corner of Jefferson and Claiborne. (No services at CCUU on January 4.) This has always been a most memorable service. I hope many of you will be able to join us on January 4. 

January 11. A Life Lived Large. Church members will reflect on a famous person whose life ended in 2014. It is likely that you will soon see a list of those who died during the past year. We ask anyone who is moved by a memory or memories of someone on such a list to share your thoughts on this individual on January 11. (We hope for 3 or 4 people to give a brief history, or memory, of the person who inspired, entertained, or offered integrity to life, in this service.

January 18. Black Lives Matter. On the day before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we will look at words lifted up in Ferguson, MO. Rev. Jim reminds us of the sacred nature of human life, especially when justice seems to disappear. Our key question is: How, and why, does a black life seem less valuable than the lives of many others? Our principles do not suggest a disparity. 

January 25. The Voice Within. This leads us to the final Sunday of this month. Rev. Jim addresses the teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz. It has been several years since we studied the works and words of this Mexican shaman. However, his treatment of integrity, particularly in the need to avoid telling a lie to one’s self, seems a good place to finish a month of examining what it means to be a people of integrity.
Jazz Brunch PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 December 2014 20:36
 Jazz Brunch Download a full page flyer here
December Services at CCUU PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
December 24, The True Light that Enlightens Us All. Our annual CCUU Christmas Eve service will begin at 6pm and feature many Christmas carols. Your minister, Rev. Deanna VanDiver, and Bennett Britt have prepared a service that will examine the wonder of Christmas by sharing the story of Jesus’ arrival that appears, somewhat mysteriously, in the book of John. 

December 28, What Did You Accomplish in 2014? The year has almost passed. You can ask where it has gone or stop and recall a great thing you did during the course of this past year. Rev. Jim invites all of you to an annual review of what you did in 2014.
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.



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