Powered by the People

We are a congregation on the move! At our church, big decisions are made by vote of our members using a democratic process. Together, we have voted to move to a new worship space in Lansing that will be more welcoming and accessible to all who would like to gather with us. We have sold our current building at 855 Grove Street in East Lansing, where we will continue to meet until we move in late winter or early spring. Many of our members and friends have lent their hands, tools, and imaginations in the service of fixing up our new church home at 5509 South Pennsylvania Avenue. Now professional construction has begun to "upcycle" the historic school building there and transform it into a vibrant house of worship!

Meanwhile, our congregation moves toward justice, spiritual growth, and a beloved community that embraces everyone who needs us.

Worship services, educational experiences, social justice initiatives, and small group activities at our church are collaborative, made rich by the diverse skills, talents, and perspectives of our many volunteers.

Thanks to our members' and friends' generous gifts of money, time, and talent, our church offers wonderful celebrations of the season for people of all ages, heritages, and religious beliefs to enjoy together. Everyone--longtime members, new visitors, and anyone in between--is invited to help us Deck the Halls while celebrating the Winter Solstice, and gather with us for holiday and Sunday morning worship. We welcome you!

Get to Know Us at a Welcome Class!

Would you like to sit down and talk with church leaders and newcomers to learn more about our congregation and ask questions? Are you familiar with our community but want to get more involved? Are you considering membership at our church? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," consider taking a Welcome or Membership class. Sign up at the Activities Table during Sunday morning coffee hours (after each worship service), or contact the church office.

Welcome and Membership Classes

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism covers a brief history of our faith and the non-creedal tradition. If there isn’t a creed, what do we believe? Whether you’re new to Unitarian Universalism or a longtime member, you are welcome to attend this UU overview. 

Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7, 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Exploring UUCGL provides a deeper understanding of our particular UU congregation with an opportunity to get to know others exploring our faith as well as leaders in several areas of congregational life. The Membership Committee facilitates conversations with staff and some committee and group leaders. This class will start you thinking about your own faith journey, talents, and interests while presenting opportunities for involvement at UUCGL and explaining how the congregation conducts business and makes decisions. This class is perfect for those who have taken the Welcome class and for Unitarian Universalists who come from another church and want to learn about UUCGL.

Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, April 5 and 12, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, June 1 and 8, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Taking the Leap is for those who have decided to commit to UUCGL as members. Our Senior Minister, the Rev. Kathryn Bert, will lead discussion and ceremony as new members join the church in covenant. If you haven't taken the Welcome and Exploring classes, please speak to Rev. Bert before registering.

Thursday, February 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
and by appointment

Choir for All

“Hi, my name is Tamiko Rothhorn. I love music, and it’s one of the reasons that our family chose to join this church. In the first faith statement that I ever wrote, in 1995, I compared my religious faith in God to a song. Learning music is an ongoing process that can sometimes be hard at first, but then the song becomes a part of me as I become more familiar with it, and then I develop a personal relationship with the song. In a similar way, as I develop a personal relationship with God/the Spirit, this deepens my faith and becomes a part of me. If sung from the heart, a song and faith have the power to touch and move others. For me, making music is a way that I can connect spiritually with something greater than myself.

“My husband, MC, says that even though he’s never sung with a choir at this church, you may see him up there with my family and others of all ages from the church on the Choir for All Sundays. You don’t have to read music or have any previous choir experience to participate.

“Choir for All is what the name implies. It is an ad-hoc choir for any and all participants who want to try singing or playing their instrument for a couple songs during the service. It is a short-term time commitment. All you have to do is come at 8:30 for the 9:15 service or at 10:30 for the 11:15 service. Music Director LB will teach the songs and direct the group during the service. What a great way to make some music, be in community together, and have fun!”

If you’ve ever wanted to participate in the music at UUCGL but were unable to commit to rehearsals or were a little nervous about your skills, this is the group for you! Choir for All is intended for all ages and skill levels. We’ll meet 45 minutes before the service begins and learn one or two easy pieces to sing in the service that day. Instrumentalists are welcome too. Music is provided, or you can learn it by ear. The Choir for All meets on 12/20, 1/17, 2/14, 5/22, 6/12