What to do when you visit


If you’re willing, stick on a name tag from the table near the door so we can greet you by name, but we promise not to make visitors uncomfortable by making them stand up during the service and introduce themselves. (We’d be thrilled, though, if you wanted to do that!)

On the table with the nametags, feel free to pick up the brochure Visitor’s Guide to the Tree House, which will give you a thumbnail view of our community. You might also be interested in the booklet you’ll find there, What It Means to be a Seeker. This is a printed copy of a sermon from our minister in 2012 that one member felt was such an articulate expression what most of us are trying to do spiritually that he had it printed and keeps a supply of the booklet available for visitors and members. You will also find on the table an information card we invite you to fill out with a little information about you, if you’re comfortable sharing it. We might give you a call or drop you an email later to find out what you thought about your visit, but we promise not to harass you or to beg money from you.

We hope that what you find on our website makes you want to get to know us a little better. If so, join us some Sunday! We gather at 10:30, though you’ll find people milling around before that and someone is sure to welcome you. The main entrance is off the parking lot at the back of the building at the parking lot, although on nice days the McClure Street doors are probably open, too.


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Sunday Gatherings


We begin each Sunday service with a Chalice Lighting which reminds us that we too can brighten lives, share divine spark and illuminate the world.
Mike O’Brien, TLCUU Music Director, has his work cut out for him as he helps us become a singing congregation!  Mike brings commitment, passion, his own gifts including a beautiful voice, composing and writing music that is meaningful and a great addition to our Sunday Gatherings.
We regularly invite our children to come forward and receive a community blessing. Our children stay with us many Sundays, playing quietly in our communal space. Some Sundays they go upstairs to have a lesson with one of our volunteers.
Our weekly readings come from a variety of sources!  Some of our favorite writings come from authors like Eckhart Tolle, Rumi, Joan  Chittister, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, and other sources like the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Talmud, Gita, Koran, and Tao Te Ching as well as many other contemporary and ancient philosophers, scientists, and poets.
Rather than calling it a sermon, our pastor Mary Reaman, creatively challenges us to consider various points of view and to live out the truths of our own lives in a way that benefits our growth, challenges our continual development and welcomes the insights, experience and wisdom of others.
Each week in our service, we take time as a community to engage in an activity that supports the weekly theme and invites us to experience something together as a group that we can reflect on collectively.  It is a time in our service that we emphasize our belief that We Are One.
We close our Sunday Gathering by extinguishing our chalice with these words: “We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.
Grab some coffee or tea after the Sunday Gathering and join us for a community conversation where you can share your thoughts on the day’s theme, readings, sermon, and unity celebration.  It is a time to share feedback from the day’s message and consider those things you found moving, meaningful, and challenging.  It is a time to share in the collective wisdom of the group, to provide examples from our own lives, to agree (or disagree) with some of the points, to probe related ideas, and to get to know each other better. It’s a great way to begin to apply the Sunday message to our daily lives.

Tree Talk really is one of the best things we do at TLCUU. Many of us have been part of religious traditions that have discouraged this kind of inquiry. Truth came from a holy book, from a long tradition, or from the pulpit, not from the pews. Well, we might not have pews at TLCUU, but we have each other, and we are committed to learning from each other. We don’t have to agree on everything, but merely to respect each other’s views and to help each other along our paths when we can. That’s what Tree Talk is all about!

 

Time & Location

Our Sunday morning services are at 10:30am.