Newcomers

Attending services for the first time?

Starting on Sunday, September 12, we will have three worship services every week. On Sundays, we have a 9:00 am virtual service on Zoom and a 11:00 am in-person service in our Sanctuary. We offer a virtual Vespers service every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.

  • Virtual Worship every Sunday at 9:00 am Mountain Time. Led by our ministers and music director, these services are intergenerational, and contain a message for all ages as well as music and a homily. If you are unable to join us on Sunday, you can watch it later here; or listen to it as a podcast here. Sunday’s services are usually posted by the following Monday afternoon.
  • Sanctuary Worship every Sunday at 11:00 am. These services will feature the same sermon and speaker as the 9:00 am virtual service along with live music, although there will be no congregational singing in the sanctuary. Masks are required and social distancing is expected. 
  • Virtual Vespers each Wednesday at 7:00 pm Mountain Time. These short (25-minute) services offer a midweek respite with readings, music, meditation, and prayer. Small-group conversations are also offered after each service.
How to Join Us

Virtual – We are using Zoom for our online gatherings and meetings. We stay updated with the latest security releases of Zoom and take all steps necessary to ensure a safe experience for all with no disruptions. If you’re new to Zoom get started here. You are welcome to join anytime and from anywhere!

In-Person – We are located at 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, at the corner of Carlisle and Comanche. Map & Directions

  • Parking –Our campus has two parking areas, one off Comanche on the north edge of the campus (which extends into the business park to the west) and the other off Carlisle on the south side. Our handicap-accessible parking is in the lot off Comanche. The south lot is larger and a short walk to the Sanctuary and other buildings.
What to Expect

Virtual – Once you join the Zoom meeting you will be in a “waiting room” until one of our virtual ushers lets you in to the meeting. Everyone is muted during the service except for those speaking or performing. If you can, turn on your video so we can see your face. To make it easier for ushers to keep our meetings safe, please rename yourself with your full name and, if you’re comfortable doing so, your pronouns. The ushers and technical team will use the chat feature on Zoom to give instructions about how to change your name or get technical assistance.

One of the most meaningful part of these virtual services is the sharing of joys and concerns. After a meditation time, everyone is encouraged to type what is on their hearts and minds into the chat. Members often send written support and our ministers and care team closely monitor the chat to see how they can help.

In-Person –As you approach the sanctuary, you will see our Welcome Table on the Sanctuary’s steps. You can pick up a name tag and grab a visitor card to fill out during or after the service – you can turn the card in after the service and receive a visitor packet and gift. Once you enter the Sanctuary foyer, ushers will show you into the sanctuary and offer you an Order of Service that includes information about the church and our activities and groups for the upcoming week. Every other row in the Sanctuary is marked off with bright pink paper – those rows are to remain empty to encourage social distancing. We are asking that groups leave two seats between them, as well.

Our service generally consists of music, readings, meditation, an offering, and a sermon. One of our two ministers is usually in the pulpit, but on occasional Sundays, we have a guest speaker or a lay-led service. We enjoy a wide variety of musical styles and guest musicians every week.

Accessibility

We are committed to making our facilities and programs fully accessible for all.

  • Our virtual services use real-time closed captioning and have a live transcript available, as well.
  • There are fully accessible restrooms available in our sanctuary building and meeting rooms.
  • We have a T-Coil loop installed to use with your own hearing assistance devices, or you can borrow a device at the Welcome Table.
  • We have large-print copies of the order of service and hymnals available at the Welcome Table.
  • There are cut-outs for wheelchairs in the Sanctuary seating area.
  • All of our buildings are accessible via ramps, and our Sanctuary has automatic doors available.
  • The church is located on the ABQ Ride Bus System. The #5  bus comes north from downtown. Click here for Sunday bus schedules.
What to Wear

Virtual – Pajamas, if you like.

In-Person – Our dress style is varied, but in general more casual than formal, with an emphasis on comfort – although pajamas might be awkward.

Attending with Kids?

Virtual –

  • Our virtual service is intergenerational with a Time for All Ages children’s sermon each week. We offer a 30-45 minute religious education program for elementary-age children at 10:00 am. Click here to register for the Zoom meeting and receive the Meeting ID. It’s our goal that your children are safe, comfortable, enjoy themselves, and learn something each week. Please plan to be present with your child on Zoom.
  • We have an All-YoUUth (middle school and high school) meeting each week at 10:00 am that is available both virtually or in-person. You can email our Youth Programs Coordinator, Alana Rodriguez at youth@uuabq.org if you would like more information or to attend.

In-Person –

We offer an outdoor religious education program for elementary students at 11:00 am that includes a short educational time followed by playground time supervised by vaccinated adults. Visiting children are always welcome and their caregivers are welcome to stay and observe as much as they like. If you’d like to keep your children with you in the Sanctuary, please do. We have a children’s activity table located in the back corner of the Sanctuary with room for caregivers to sit nearby.

After the Service

Virtual – After the service, you can stay in the meeting for smaller break-out sessions for our Virtual Coffee Hour. If you don’t leave the meeting, you will be placed in a “room” automatically with others. We hope you will stick around and introduce yourself. Even if you don’t stick around for a social time, we encourage you to fill out our visitor form online. You can request more information and sign up for our email list.

In-Person – After the service, visit our Connections Corner of the Welcome Table where you can visit with a volunteer and pick up information about the church, Unitarian Universalism, and the different groups and programs at First Unitarian. Then, take your Visitor Card to our Hospitality Table in the courtyard next to the sanctuary steps. We will have a gift and welcome packet for you there, and can introduce you to other church members as they congregate after the service.

Have more questions? Contact our Director of Membership & Communications, Laira Magnusson. She will be happy to introduce you to First Unitarian!