Go to church! And then tell me ALL ABOUT IT! Every single gory detail! Using this convenient Google Docs Form! Please and thank you!


DON’T PANIC

You only have to go once.

I’d love it if you went more than once, but for purposes of this blog post, you only have to go once.

I spend a lot of time thinking about church and how it could serve people better.

But I am only one person. And I’m already affiliated with a church so it’s hard for me to look at it too objectively. And that’s where you come in.

I want you to go to your local UU church. Even if you hate church. ESPECIALLY if you hate church. Just go. It’s 2 hours out of your life, you’ll live. You’ve done stupider things on a Sunday morning, I promise.

Here are the steps:

SIGN UP HERE TO SAY THAT YOU ARE GOING!

I want to see how many folks I can get to participate, and where you are participating from.

Then… go to church! Take a friend or 3 if you can. Go to the UUA website to find your local congregation if you don’t know where it is. Need help? Leave a comment and I’ll help you find a local congregation.

Take notes – either mental or physical notes. Keep track of stuff. Were you greeted? By who? Who led the service? Did it relate to you? Were you welcome at coffee hour? Did you feel like you knew what to expect?

Then go home, and fill out this survey.

Just do it. Please?

And REBLOG THIS!

THANK YOU!!!!!

And if you really and truly do this for me I will mail you an EXTRA SPECIAL GIFT!!!  Ok, well, I’ll email the first 10 of you who do it an extra special gift.  Really!!!  Details on the survey form.

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And, hey, if you’re a little nervous, or you want to know what to expect?  Go ahead and leave a comment or email me.  I may even be able to put you in touch with the minister at your local congregation.  And even if I can’t, because I’m not superhuman after all, I may still be able to answer some questions or help out with some worries.

I know going back to church after a long time, or going to church for the first time ever, can be a really angst-producing experience.  I’m passionate about growing our faith tradition in awesome ways, and I think that having new people show up is a great way to do it.

*Please note that this is not in any way affiliated with the UUA.  I’m doing this on my own, for fun.

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18 Responses to “Go to church! And then tell me ALL ABOUT IT! Every single gory detail! Using this convenient Google Docs Form! Please and thank you!”

  1. Great idea! I would sign up to participate, but I already belong to the local UU church. I’ll pass this along later on my blog, though.

  2. Hi Andy,

    Will you share the results? As chair of a district young adult ministry committee, I’d be particularly interested in the experiences of the under 35 group.

    Great idea!
    Jolinda

  3. I’m assuming youngish people who already go to church aren’t needed for this survey. If I’ve got your methodology wrong, let me know.

  4. Thanks for doing this – can’t wait to read all about what you discover. It will be interesting to see how many non-church goers participate.

  5. So… I’m going to do my best to go – I went to a UU service for the first time on the 1st of May- and had an interesting time but am a bit unsure as to my location in the world this Sunday (hence, doing my best).

    I would also be interested to see the results – maybe you could post them on your blog?

  6. I’m working temp work, and honestly have no clue when I’ll be working until the day before. So, if I can, I’ll go. If not, I will go another time.

    This should be interesting. 🙂 I’m a bit nervous as religious people usually think I worship satan, simply because I’m a pagan and wear a pentacle. O.o

  7. Another transgender UU LGBTQ activist named Andrew who plays clarinet? Right on! lol I’ll fill out your form for sure. 🙂 Good luck.

  8. Oh poop. Alberta doesn’t have any UU Churches. 😦 This makes me sort of sad…

    • Huushi – but it does! There’s one congregation in Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer, and 2 in Edmonton.

      http://www.cuc.ca/congregations/index.htm#AB

      • Really?!!! Thanks!!! I ended up being called into work last Sunday, so maybe I can try and go this Sunday!!! Thanks so much Tamara!! ❤

      • I’m posting this again, to make sure you get this in case you have follow up email. I accidently clicked reply to my own post. O.o

        Really?!!! Thanks!!! I ended up being called into work last Sunday, so maybe I can try and go this Sunday!!! Thanks so much Tamara!! ❤

      • Glad to help 🙂
        Hope you enjoy the service if you go. I went to the church in Calgary last summer and it was a medium-ish size congregation – very friendly people!

  9. My daughter posted this (your request to attend a uu church) and I looked up a local one here in Phoenix Az. I went to the website of the church and first thing i saw was at the top left side it said Make a $ Pledge … i looked further at the page and my stomach turned … just can’t do it … I’m too far gone I guess …

    • Jim – If you were looking at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix I really really encourage you to check it out. Reverent Frederick-Gray is flat out amazing. See if you can get past those “ugh…!” response and check it out.

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