We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.

people singing in worshipUnitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Worship at UU Fellowship in Chico combines contemporary and traditional elements, is interactive and casual, and we strive to make all feel welcome and included.

Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:

  • Words of welcome
  • Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
  • A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
  • Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
  • A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
  • A meditation or prayer
  • Readings—ancient or contemporary
  • A message presented by a professional minister, a guest speaker, and/or a member of the congregation
  • An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation and for justice work in the community.

child dedicationFrom time to time, services incorporate holiday celebrations, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. Please contact the church office at office@myuuchico.org in advance if you will need to have childcare during the service.


In the summer, we have visiting ministers once a month. In between, members of the congregation and our worship team moderate discussions on a variety of topics.  We incorporate some of the elements of typical worship, such as having words of welcome, lighting our chalice, and collecting our offering to support justice work in our community.

Then the moderator, or discussion leader, introduces their topic with a reading, some thoughts of their own and/or some questions to ponder, and the topic is then discussed.  New and old members, as well as visitors, often find attending a summer discussion service a great way of learning more about one another.

To find out what the topic is, or if there is a visiting minister, you can look at our home page for the upcoming service.