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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.

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.

September Services at CCUU PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00
September 7, Waters Always Separate But They Inevitably Reunite. You are invited to a service of ingathering where we signify the promises we make to each other in a water communion. Please come with a small container of water and tell us what makes this water something special for you. 

September 14, Chalice Circles: An Invitation. We held small group meetings last year and plan to continue in 2014-2015. This service will look at this month’s Soul Matter’s theme: promise. There will be mock sessions of a CCUU chalice circle group. You are all welcome to this special service. 

September 21, Our Truthfulness to Ourselves.
While it is easy to make promises to ourselves it is not always easy to hold them. Rev. Jim’s Sunday message examines the juncture of following through on the wishes and hopes we promise to ourselves. 

September 28, The Whole Idea of Compassion. In a world filled with a multitude of dualities, in a topsy turvy reality incited by “I’ll get mine,” is it still possible to be a compassionate person? Your minister opens Matthew Fox’s A Spirituality Named Compassion to explore his approach to building and living a compassionate life.
What Is Unitarian Universalism? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 19:10

Unitarian Universalism began within the Christian Church as two separate heresies: belief in the oneness of God (Unitarianism) and belief in universal salvation (Universalism). These ideas, though preceding it, gained followers after the Protestant Reformation in the 1500's and were widely taught in the United States in the 1700's at Harvard College and within the congregationalism of the Pilgrim church.

In 1785 King's Chapel in Boston was the first American church to declare its Unitarianism. Through the years as they were affected by transcendentalism and the rationalist humanists, Unitarianism and Universalism grew further from traditional Christianity and closer to one another and officially merged in 1961.

From their founding both Unitarianism and Universalism were non-creedal, claiming freedom of belief as a basic value. The authority for our individual beliefs is the evidence of our local experience refined through reason and spirit and tested in community. Although those beliefs may range from liberal Christianity to naturalistic humanism, it is probably true that nearly all of us can agree to these four statements:

  1. Each of us has the right and the responsibility to seek his or her own truth.

  2. Our faith, although it may transcend reason may not be contrary to it.

  3. We respect all people for their individual worth without regard to color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.

  4. We must focus on the needs and purposes of this life rather than an afterlife in which some of us may believe, but for which we have no evidence.

This only scratches the surface, there is a wealth of information about Unitarian Universalism available on the web site of the Unitarian Universalist Association.


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