As an online community with members spread across multiple countries it may seem difficult for us to come together and build a sense of community. After all, there’s no coffee hour after the service or community hall to hang out in. To overcome this we work hard to create opportunities to build community online through discussion groups, video calls, pastor office hours, bible study groups, and care groups.
Of course, you are also welcome to just come to services and hang out “in the back of the room” too! You only need to be as involved in the community as you want to be.
The place where we do most of our community building is on our Discord server. Discord is a chat program built specifically for building community. We started on Facebook, but despite having a hundred members in our Facebook group we found that there was very little interaction. After switching to Discord we found that conversation and community building greatly improved.
If you’ve never used Discord before, no worries! You can either use it like any other website or you can download a native app for your computer or phone. Once you sign up for an account and log in to our server you can choose a nickname to help us know what we should call you and chat for a bit in the #vistors-lounge or #service channels. Once we’ve gotten to know you a bit we will grant you regular access and the rest of the channels will become available to you.
All of the church committees and groups that you would normally find in a physical church building are found on Discord at Community Universalist Church, including a Bible study group, a book group, the church council, the worship committee, and more. We also schedule service watching events for those who were unable to attend service live but still want to watch the service with other congregants.