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GNOUU is a local cluster of UU churches who are revitalizing their faith while rebuilding their city.

Welcome to Community Church

Community Church's Sunday services and children's religious education are held weekly at 11:00 a.m.


6690 Fleur de Lis Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
in Lakeview
All are welcome - casual attire.
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Rev. Jim VanderWeeleWe believe that we are all family and we all have value.

The purpose of Community Church is to form a community to practice and advance a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, the inherent worth and dignity of every person and a commitment to ethical living.

We invite you to visit us on Sunday mornings to explore our spirituality together.  All are welcome.

Spring Concert & Silent Auction PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2015 20:33

Come enjoy a wonderful concert, find that special something to buy at the auction, and support CCUU’s ministerial intern program!

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 at CCUU
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Concert begins at 7:00pm.
In lieu of tickets, donations will be requested at the door.
Cash Bar – Free Hors d’oeuvres

This is the third special concert with Iowa singer/songwriter/guitarist Jon Stravers of Big Blue Sky.  Cindy Scott will open the night with her original music, and Jon will close the night with his. They will also share some musical time together.  Rounding out the band will be Brian Seeger on guitar, Luxembourgish drummer Paul Wiltgen, and a surprise organist/pianist.  Silent auction begins at 6, and the concert is from 7 to 10, with a long intermission between sets when Jon will show some slides about his lifetime of bird watching.  Auction will close at the end of intermission.

A sample of some of the items that have been donated so far are: a catered Indian dinner for four, 3 nights (up to 2 adults) at a B&B donated by the UU church in Williamsburg, a $100 bottle of scotch, candles, tickets donated by Friends of Music, a hand-knitted sweater, framed artwork, a year’s worth of cakes, pies, fresh herbs and produce.

Enjoy the show!
April Services at CCUU PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
April 5, Everything Is Resurrection! We will celebrate resurrection in several forms on Easter. Our blended communion service will include elements of a Christian communion and also a Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion. Please bring a small bouquet of flowers to share, (flowers from the garden and the grocery are equally welcome.) Sky Stewart, our ministerial intern, will lead the service.

April 12, Let Your Life Tell You. Rev. VanderWeele will take his first look this month at Revelation using words drawn from Parker Palmer, “let your life tell you what truths you embody and what values you represent.”

April 19, Our 9th annual GNOUU Earth Service: Commit2Respond. Our service will be held in the park across from Community Church. Rev. Jim will join with several other local ministers for a service that lifts up the efforts we are or hope to address while also honoring the end of this year’s Climate Justice month.

April 26, Revelation Is Continuous. Rev. Jim takes his second look at Revelation by reflecting on Unitarian scholar and theologian James Luther Adams, “Revelation is Continuous.” This will be Jim’s last service before his month of study and childcare.
March Services at CCUU PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00
March 29, Breathe Softly, Breathe Deeply. On the Sunday just before April 1 the Reverend Doctor E.Z. Wind has been asked to our pulpit to share the results of years of study on breath and breath work. You should learn breathing techniques that provide healing benefits or daily assistance in your times for meditation or reflection.
Letter in the Advocate PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 19:46
 Rev. VanderWeele attended the First UU service where anti-choice protestors disrupted worship. This letter was written in response. 40 local faith leaders signed on to say that the Space for Worship is Sacred.  


On Sunday morning, July 20, the sacred time and space of a historic New Orleans congregation was violated. As congregants of First Unitarian Universalist Church, founded in 1833, held a moment of silent prayer to grieve a young woman of the church who had died the previous week, protestors from Operation Save America began to harangue the minister and spew words of hate to and at the congregation. In shock, but with increasing pain as these diatribes continued, the congregation listened quietly as protestors vilified and insulted them. Soon, though, the protestors were ushered out of the church.

As this was happening in the sanctuary, other protesters, holding grotesque images, massed around the windows of the church nursery, screaming at the babies and toddlers. Youth were told they were “going to hell” and that their family members were suffering from illness due to their sins. The church members responded by singing words of love, justice and freedom to counteract this hateful rhetoric.

For religious communities in the United States, the freedom to worship is a deeply cherished right. Whatever our faith, whenever we worship, the right to worship as we choose was fought for by our ancestors and is vital to all today. Along with this freedom comes the right to disagree, which is one part of the pluralism created by our religious freedom.

But all of us agree that no one has the right to desecrate the sacred worship time and space in order to express their disagreement. The undersigned people of faith do not agree on everything. In fact, some of us only agree that we have the right to disagree. But that is enough. No congregation, whatever their views may be, should have their sacred worship time and space violated. Not ever. Not by anybody.

I and 39 other local religious leaders by this letter call on the larger community to stand with us, with hearts joined on the side of love and in opposition to religious terrorism.

The Rev. Jim VanderWeele, New Orleans
The Rev. William Barnwell
The Rev. Paul Beedle
The Rev. Claire Vonk Brooks
The Rev. Gary Brooks
Pat Bryant, co-moderator, Justice and Beyond
The Rev. Callie Winn Crawford
Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn
The Rev. Jeff Conner
The Rev. Rob Courtney
The Rev. Don Frampton
The Rev. Lauren Frazier-McGuin
The Rev. Joann M. Garma
Vanessa Gueringer, vice president, A Community Voice
Michael G. Hackett, deacon, Diocese of Louisiana
The Very Rev. AJ Heine
The Rev. Henry L. Hudson
The Rev. Eronica C. King
Rabbi Ethan Linden
Rabbi Robert H. Loewy
The Rev. Dr. Jane Mauldin
The Rev. Priscilla Maumus
The Rev. Herbert McGuin, III
Rabbi Barbara Metzger
The Rev. Melanie Morel-Ensminger
Max Niedzwiecki, convener
Tom Paine, pastor
The Rev. Fred Powell, III
The Rev. Tony Rigoli, OMI
The Rev. Darcy Roake
Minister Norbert Rome
The Rev. Mitchell Smith
Dr. William Soileau
The Rev. William H. Terry
The Rev. William Thiele, Ph.D.
The Rev. Jennie Thomas
The Rev. Ron Unger
The Rev. Deanna Vandiver
The Rev. Tom Watson
The Rev. Dwight Webster, Ph. D.



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