So… What is this Unitarian Universalism?

We are a 475-year old liberal religious faith, celebrating the human capacity to think and reason about religion, having a faith not based on a creed or dogma, and encouraging a diversity of beliefs.We attract people who have a sense of the religious and of community and who want to be with other liberal thinkers.  We attract people who ask questions about everything about life and death, and expect the answers to make sense to us.

There are abundant sources of information about our faith tradition.  We encourage those unfamiliar with Unitarian Universalism to consult 100 Questions about Unitarian UniversalismThe Unitarian Universalist Association Website, and any of a host of other resources on the web.


Questions frequently asked about Eastrose

  • What should my children and I wear to this church? 

We are an informal group of people. Wear what feels comfortable to you.  The children’s programs often involve crafts or hands-on activities, so casual, comfortable and washable is best. 

  • Is there childcare / Sunday school during church? 

There is childcare for the worship service throughout the year.  Sunday school begins at 10:30.  Often the children and their teachers attend the first part of the worship service and then leave for their own activities.  See Children’s Religious Education

  • If my child doesn’t separate well, can my child stay with me during the service? 

Your child is always welcome to stay with you during the worship service. 

  • Am I welcome if I am gay, lesbian, transgender or questioning? 

Yes!  Eastrose is a member of the Community of Welcoming Congregations, an association of religious congregations begun in the Portland metropolitan area that welcomes and affirms people of all sexual orientations.  The Unitarian Universalist Association provides an extensive process for a congregation to become an official Welcoming Congration.  Eastrose received formal UUA certification as a Welcoming Congregation in 1998.  Eastrose’s membership includes gays and lesbians, both couples and singles.   If you have children, your children are welcome in our UUniverse religious education programs!  

  • Are there people in the congregation who hold diverse beliefs? 

Yes, very much so.  Unitarian Universalists believe it is natural to be interested in ideas from many faith traditions and encourage people to develop their own theology without fear of censure or reprisal.  Most of us started out as Jewish, Catholic or Protestant.  Some of us are still Christian or Jewish. Some of us are agnostics or atheists. Some of us believe in an earth-based spirituality. Some of us are Buddhists. We all believe in the search for truth and a deeper meaning in life. 

  • How can an agnostic or atheist go to church?

By automobile, bicycle, or on foot.  The Max stops at Burnside and 181st.   Eastrose has plenty of free parking. 

OK – seriously now — People who identify themselves as “agnostics” or “atheists” are just as likely to be searching for meaning in life or interested in spiritual issues as people self-identified as “searchers” or “religious” people. Some Unitarian-Universalists even say “the search IS the answer.” Others define it quite differently. Whatever your definition, you are welcome at Eastrose.

  • What goes on during the worship services?

No two services are exactly alike, yet familiar patterns are present.  Please see our What to Expect at Services page.

  • How do I meet other people?  How do I get involved?

Attend a service. You will be greeted at the door and invited to sign the guest book.  As a guest, you will receive the newsletter for a few months.  During the service, you will have an opportunity to introduce yourself (if you wish).  Stay for coffee and conversation following the service.  Tell people about yourself and your interests.    Attend some Eastrose social events.  Speak up and join a committee!  For more specific information about events and whom to contact for more information, be sure to pick up a current copy of , How to Get Acquainted and Involved, a guide to Eastrose activities and their leaders.

  • Will I be pressured to join Eastrose or be “saved”?

No, not at all.  If anything, Unitarian Universalists may come across as rather too reserved about urging people to join their group.  This is a UU tradition stemming from resistance to religious persecution.  Don’t mistake this for lack of interest in you and your potential worth to the group!   Eastrose is eager for new friends and members, and eager to hear new voices and thoughts.  Speak up and you will be listened to.  Join an committee, and you will help run things!

  • Are there any concerns or issues to consider before I attend Eastrose? 

We have recently begun to consider problems concerning fragrance sensitivity.   A few members and friends are painfully sensitive to perfumes and colognes.   We warmly welcome all visitors to Eastrose and request that you be aware of those members’ needs when planning your visit to our fellowship.   We appreciate your consideration!