A diverse, welcoming community of open hearts and minds since 1948
Welcome to UUCA!
We travel many different paths to find purpose and meaning in our lives. We unite in our belief in the worth and dignity of everyone. We believe it's our obligation to express our faith through acts of compassion and justice. We're people who actively invite intellectual and spiritual growth. Our kids ask questions and think. We practice a life-affirming faith and embrace people who are hurting or bereaved. Get to know us here online but please come to our church, where our beloved community will always welcome you.
Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith
Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Watch Rev. Michael McGee, UUCA Minister Emeritus, Explain Our Faith of Unlimited Love in These Videos:
Where You Fit In:
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 ensures that people of differing abilities feel welcome and fully equipped to participate in church life. The main entrance to the church is at the top of a gradually ascending ramp that is lined with handrails. An elevator is available on the ground floor, and it goes to our second level where the sanctuary for Sunday services take place. The church also has headphones and audio equipment for attendees who may have difficulty hearing our services. A number of other building features ensure that all are welcome and comfortable. Our pews have lumbar support in them and cushions that are very back friendly.
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 more than 90 organizations to join within UUCA including the Day Alliance, Young Adults, People of Color Caucus and VARUUM (Virginia-Arlington Rainbow UU Ministry, including LGBT persons and allies).
Our congregation consists of over 900 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 10:00. Service formats vary to include plays, skits, music from our Clerestory (adult) and Chalice (children’s) choirs, as well as sermons.
• Religious Education: 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 library cart, 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, the rest of the current church building in 1994.