What to Expect
Here is a list of commonly asked questions, so you can better understand what we’re all about at University Temple.
What will Sunday Worship be like?
Our Sunday Worship service is a mix of contemporary and traditional music along with a progressive interpretation of the Bible. We reflect on the issues of our world through music, reflection, and prayer, learning to be better caretakers for each other and our environment.
Everyone is welcome at U Temple and there will be greeters to answer any questions you may have. After worship, we gather with each other for fellowship over coffee and other snacks.
How long is the service?
Our Sunday service typically lasts about an hour to an hour and a half. We begin at 10:30am and the service is usually finished by 11:45pm, as we convene for fellowship.
What should I wear?
Just about anything! If you feel like dressing up in a suit, go right ahead, but if you lean more towards shorts and a t-shirt, that’s perfectly fine too. We have great diversity at U Temple and we believe that all are welcome: Come as you are.
Is childcare available during the service?
Our nursery is available from 9am to 12pm and is led by a trained staff person at all times. During church, children ages 2-6 have the opportunity to attend Sunday School following Children’s Time. For more information, see our Families page.
Will I be expected to introduce myself in church or contribute financially?
Of course not! You shouldn’t be nervous at all about coming to U Temple. You will be greeted and welcomed, but we promise that you won’t be singled out in any way. Our Temple is your Temple. Whether you want to come and announce your arrival, or remain anonymous, either way works. We understand entering a new church for the first time can be daunting so we work to be as accommodating as possible.
What will the sermons be about?
Our church strongly supports social and environmental justice, and this is reflected in the message we hear every Sunday. Pastor Rich likes to bring the Bible into our modern context, explaining how the Bible and the Church remain relevant in society today. He likes to say that he holds the Bible in one hand, and a newspaper in the other, bringing the teachings of the Bible into contact with the modern age. The message we hear is a constant reminder that we be environmentally responsible, politically aware, and to care for everyone, just as Jesus cares for us.
Is parking available?
Free parking is available across the street in the University Book Store parking lot. For directions and parking information, please visit our How To Find Us page.
Are your facilities handicapped accessible?
Yes, our main floor is handicapped accessible through the 43rd Street Entrance. If help is needed, we have greeters at that door who will happily offer their assistance.
If you have questions that aren’t answered here, don’t hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions will either be answered by the Administrative Assistant or by Pastor Rich.