The non-denom. outreach ctr. that you mentioned sounds like a good place to start. If I knew of something like that in my area, I would go too. Let us know if you do go.
As far as the denomination thing goes....from what I can tell anyway, the protestant churches like the Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists etc... all teach basically the same thing and that is, the gospel. The Baptists generally don't permit alcohol and they can get pretty annoyed if you don't attens Sun morning, night and Wed. night. They are picky about clothing and believe in tithing. I will probably never be a baptist even though I was baptized in a Baptist church. I just felt the need to be dunked and they do that there. There is ALOT of variance in minor issues in all of those churches but like I mentioned before, it is the same gospel. Saved by faith thru Christ's death. The "good works" are done out of a love for God, not a mandatory slip to fill out.The variances in minor issues are normal and they had them in Paul's day. ie: "one holds one day as above another and one holds them as all the same.Do not judge this.." etc.... This is not division as the jw's teach it. It is conscience and the bible teaches that whatever is not from faith is sin. BIG difference.!!. You might feel a little spooked when you see a cross or don't hear them not saying Jehovah but Lord instead but be prepared for that and just hang tight. I recommend reading your bible to make sure that you are being taught correctly. Some churches are more legalistic than others so if you find one that teaches the gospel right but puts man's rules on you too much...then leave. You are free and gathering together is fun as long as you remember that you are free. there is NO perfect church! The people within the churches are the body of Christ and the body is all all of the churches who teach Jesus as your salvation. (the gospel). Pleeeeez don't expect too much understanding from people who have not been jw's. They try to be helpful and I love them for it but they just can't understand what you are going thru...I say that so that you won't get your hopes up and then feel disappointed. They are struggling with just dealing with their own lives and evils of the day. They haven't walked in our shoes and the verses that get stuck in our heads are not scary to them, they have had a totally different experience. Our fears should have been a clue that we were being taught wrong, instead I think it kept us in it. Just keep in mind that God wants us to love....even our enemies.... and it is the work of the holy spirit that can help you for the asking. As far as unitarian goes..I don't think that a belief in God is needed to go there. I am still shurch hopping and looking for the right one for me. I am picky...lol. I will not be burdened with new rules of man and I can't tolerate when a church only reads the bible verses that suit them. It is toooo reminiscent of my jw days. That does not mean that I don't think of those people as my brothers and sisters in the Lord because I do. I just have been thru much and need space sometimes... I wish you much happiness. love, dj