We started attending PCUUC because of our own belief in the 7 UU principles; we later realized we became members because of the community. PCUUC is like no other religious organization we have been exposed to. We both grew up Lutheran Christian, but never really felt that we were fulfilled or belonged there. Neither of us really saw ourselves as belonging to any religious community or practice, though we are both very spiritual and philosophical. We happened upon UUism and attended a few services at different congregations. We have never felt more welcomed and free to be ourselves and share our beliefs. I think in the end, though, we decided to become members of PCUUC because of the wonderful Religious Education program and because we had so much in common and really clicked with the other parents. We love all of the social events, such as dinners, game nights, picnics, café and diner meet-ups, cook-offs, auctions, special adult Religious Education classes and so on. It's such a caring place to help get through the hard times and celebrate the good things in our life. They're there even when family isn't when we really need them for emotional support and an extra hand doing something we are having difficulty with.
One of the things about PCUUC that we love is that we get such a wonderful range of topics and perspectives. We are funded and organized by ourselves only, which means each of us really is an irreplaceable part PCUUC. The conversations are abundant and open minded. From the start, we felt like our opinions and contributions to discussions and conversations were valued. Everything is so genuine and personal, you feel like you really get to know people, even if you aren't ready to share yourself yet. Weekly sharing of joys and concerns really brings the community together and fosters the spirit of our shared lives. Everyone is so kind in the congregation. It really inspires me to be the best version of myself throughout the week and I can't wait to come back and soak in all the positivity.