First Time Visitors

Welcome to the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship!

The Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association: a worldwide liberal religious movement with roots going back several centuries.

Imagine a community that embraces many different beliefs, including yours.  If you are searching for a religious home where people honor each others’ different beliefs and worship together as one faith, you have found such a community at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship (CUF). We are a non-creedal religion, we do not require members to believe a certain way.

Our Fellowship offers a community for spiritual growth, intellectual stimulation, building connections with each other, and building a better world.  We hold a worship service and  religious education, and offer infant and toddler care each Sunday at 10:30.  We also offer a wide variety of activities including discussion groups, music making, social action projects, and opportunities for spiritual exploration.

Our Sunday Services are led by the Reverend Sarah Richards, our minister, and we also have services led by congregation members or guest speakers.  The services frequently feature guest musicians or our own choir. Whatever your religious background, economic status, gender, sexual orientation or race, you are welcome to join our community.  Our Fellowship is accessible and equipped with hearing assisted devices.

Rev. Sarah Richards

Rev. Sarah Richards

If you have questions that are not answered here, you may email Rev. Sarah Richards with your query: 


Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect when I arrive at CUF?
We strive to make first time visitors welcome. A member of the congregation will greet you and take you to the Welcome Table. Our members wear nametags and you will be offered one, along with an Order of Service that describes what will be happening that day. You will have the opportunity before or after the service to give us your contact information so that we can keep you informed of activities in the congregation. You will also be offered a variety of materials to get to know us better, including , pamphlets, a newsletter and a list of upcoming events.

What can I expect in the service?
Services vary from Sunday to Sunday. The music includes hymns, choir presentations, or other music provided by members and friends. Most services have a sermon or homily presented by our minister, a member or a guest speaker.

What do people wear for the service?
You will find a range of dress from jeans and tee shirts to dresses and sport coats.

Are children welcome at the service?
Yes! Families with children are welcome although most children choose to participate in children’s religious education class. Those children who wish to stay with their parents for the whole service are welcome to do so. Parents of toddlers are welcome to take advantage of our professionally staffed nursery.

How can I get acquainted with members of the congregation?
After Sunday service there is an informal coffee and conversation time in our Commons. In addition there are informal discussion groups, a variety of programs, religious education classes for adults, and committees that address fellowship needs. Participation is a great way to get to know us.

How can I learn more about Unitarian Universalism?
There are many resources available on the web. A good start is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Beliefs page . Various books on the subject include “A Chosen Faith,” a good introduction. (A synopsis can be found at Amazon.)