A place to Connect, Grow, and Serve
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington is a dynamic community of individuals who share a liberal spiritual journey and we welcome you. The mission of UUCA is to be a place where anyone and everyone can Connect, Grow, and Serve. If you are looking for a community that promotes love, reason and freedom in religion – a community who works to build a more just and peaceful world – a community that finds inspiration in music and the arts and honors and respects the beauty of the earth –– a diverse community of spiritual seekers guided by a covenant of mutual respect open to you no matter your sexual orientation, race, age, class, or ability – You have found a spiritual community for you and your family.
Rev. Aaron McEmrys is UUCA’s Senior Minister. Rev. McEmrys joined UUCA's staff in August of 2014. Read Rev. McEmrys' bio here.
Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles is our Minister of Faith in Action. As UUCA’s Minister of Faith in Action, Rev. Linda provides leadership for UUCA’s social justice work, pastoral care, and small group ministry. Rev. Linda has been on staff at UUCA since 2001 when she became our Minister of Religious Education. She has been our Minister of Faith in Action since 2013.
Please Join Us
We encourage you to become an active participant in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Several times a year we offer "New UU,” an orientation for newcomers in which you learn about our church, our activities, the history and philosophy of both Unitarian Universalism in general and for this particular church.
UUCA includes ministries of Worship, Religious Education, Social Justice, Music, Membership and Hospitality, Pastoral Care, Governance and Finance and many others that provide programs and services to our church community and the greater community around us.
Within each ministry are opportunities to become active in the church. Greeters can help you connect with events, activities, committees, and volunteer opportunities. Stop by the Welcome desk for answers to your questions and to put your name on our mailing list to receive our weekly email - Connections. You can also click here to contact us to be put on the mailing list.
Furthermore, you have a choice of approximately 90 organizations to join within UUCA including the Day Alliance, Young Adults, Fellowship X, and Covenant Groups. For a list of these organizations, please contact Sarah.Masters@uucava.org.
Our congregation consists of over 800 Members and more than 400 Friends and Inquiring Friends. Newcomers begin their Church affiliation as Inquiring Friends, those who are exploring Unitarian Universalism and our church. They may then become Friends, those who have not yet committed to membership but pledge and participate in church activities. A person can become a Member at any time; members have a voice and vote in the congregation and can serve on the Board of Trustees.
Sunday Mornings at UUCA
Worship services: They are held each Sunday morning, September through May at 9:15 and 11:15. In the summer, there is one morning service at 10:15. Service formats vary to include plays, skits, music from our Clerestory (adult) and Chalice (children’s) choirs, as well as sermons.
Religious Education: Classes for youth and children are offered downstairs during each service. Infant care is also provided in the nursery downstairs.
Fellowship: Following each service Members, Friends and visitors can be found filling the Fellowship Hall with friendly conversation. Here, refreshments are served and information is exchanged via the book stall, bulletin boards, and special tables for our many activities and volunteer opportunities.
A Brief History of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA
Although Unitarianism and Universalism have long histories, our church had its genesis in World War II. Rationing and shortages made it difficult to get to All Souls in Washington, the only Unitarian Church in the area. Arlington Unitarians began meeting wherever local space could be found and in early 1945 the Arlington Fellowship was formally organized as a constituent body of All Souls Church. In 1948 The Fellowship became the Unitarian Church of Arlington and renamed the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington in 1994. Ground breaking for the first church building was on November 7, 1948. The present sanctuary was completed in 1963, classrooms and offices in 1994, and the Center and Activity Room in 2013.