What are the worship services like?
The services generally follow a consistent format — including hymns, readings and a sermon — although some are very different and creative in form. We also have a fabulous program of music, drawing on our organ, harpsichord, baroque violins, guest musicians and a choir. Services last approximately one hour.
What happens after services?
Adults and children gather for beverages, snacks and conversation in Fellowship Hall, on the lower level. Most weeks, you can also peruse the adult and children’s books and other gift items in a boutique run by our youth.
Is Beacon handicap accessible?
The congregation is fully handicap-accessible. We have a ramp into the building and an elevator that can take a wheelchair to any of our three floors. You can also ask one of our ushers for hearing-amplification devices during services.
What does it cost to attend?
Nothing. You are our guest. We also come from a free worship tradition. During the worship service there is an offertory during which members place cash gifts or checks toward their annual pledges in a collection plate. You are welcome to let the plate pass, or, if you feel more comfortable, to put in a token monetary gift.
Are there activities for teenagers?
High-school students are invited to join a youth group that meets on Sunday evenings. They can also participate in the full range of congregational activities. Some teens serve as teachers or teaching assistants in religious education classes for younger children; some sing in the choir or engage in social-action projects. Please see our section on youth for more information.
How do I know if the Congregation is right for me?
Come check us out! We are confident that you will find yourselves in the midst of a vibrant community, committed to social justice as well as the deepening of spiritual lives. Whenever you are looking for a congregational home, try to visit at least three to five times. That will give you a good feel for congregational life, the variety of worship services, and the different opportunities. Then trust your feelings. Congregations of different denominations and even within a single denomination all have different personalities. We hope we are a good fit for you.
What is involved in becoming a member?
People wishing to join Beacon are asked to sign the Membership Book in front of a minister and making a pledge of financial support. We highly recommend that those contemplating membership attend an introductory class on the history of Unitarian Universalism and to learn more about our congregation. These sessions are offered a few times a year and attendees are not obligated to become members.
Where do I park?
There is on-street parking on multiple streets around Beacon. You can park on both sides of Waldron Avenue, for instance; please respect the fire hydrants and our neighbor’s driveways. The closest public parking lot is two blocks away, at the corner of Summit and De Forest Avenues. All street parking is free on Sundays.
What should I wear?
Dress is varied, but most people choose to dress in ways that could be described as casual but neat or dressy casual. You may find yourself seated between a person in jeans and another in more formal business garb.