Congregational History Project Histories Data

Item Name Item Description Congregation Website History 1 Publication Date Other Useful Information
AL Auburn US Auburn UU Fellowship 1913 A congregation with current membership of 96 (eff. 1/31/2011). Founded in 1961 with 15 charter
members by Auburn University students, faculty, and others who were advocates of social justice and religious liberalism. Offers childrens’ RE program. Full-time minister since 1997. Housed in an historic building, the former home of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, which was founded and constructed about 1870 by recently emancipated African Americans. When the Ebenezer congregation outgrew the structure, it was acquired and restored by the Auburn Heritage Association, then acquired by AUUF in 1981.
www.auuf.org 23-Jan-11 Newsletters from the first two years (1961-63) can be viewed at www.auuf.org (click “information”, then “other documents”). We plan to add further archival materials at this site. An archive has also been established in the Special Collections Dept of the Auburn University RBD Library. Other archival materials are stored at AUUF. A copy of the 50-year
history has been sent in PDF format to Daniel P. McKanan at Harvard University for consideration in the UU history project & competition.
CA Kensington US UU Church of Berkeley 2112 www.uucb.org 1980 Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA
CA Kensington US UU Church of Berkeley 2112 www.uucb.org/‎
CA Pasadena US Neighborhood UU Church of Pasadena 2325 History covers First Congregational Church founded in 1885, West Side Congregational founded in 1903, the Unitarian Church of Pasadena formed in 1922, the Union Liberal Church from 1924, renamed the Neighborhood Church in 1931 which moved to North Orange
Grove Avenue in 1972 and affiliated with the UUA.
http://www.uuneighborhood.org/ This is a 6-1/2 by 8-1/2 inch, perfect bound book with cream colored paper and a light blue pebble grained cover. Inside title is: "A History of the Neighborhood Church in its Centennial Year," while the spline says: "Neighborhood Church: 1885-1985."
CA Sacramento US UU Society of Sacramento 2414 Great history on UUSS website!

Unitarians have been a part of Sacramento since 1868 when the first recorded Unitarian meeting was held here. It was a rough and tumble time back then, but the group of settlers that attended this first meeting persevered and eventually formed the first Unitarian Society of Sacramento. They met in rented halls for almost 50 years before their numbers and resources grew enough to build their own church in 1915. Another 50 years would pass before the Sacramento Unitarians outgrew their wonderful little church in town and put the plans in place to build a new church and Sunday school complex. When the main auditorium was completed in 1960, the congregation moved to its current location on Sierra Boulevard. The school buildings were added the following year and in 1965, they changed their name to the Unitarian Universalists Society of Sacramento (UUSS).

http://uuss.org
CA San Francisco US First UU Society of San Francisco 2424 www.uusf.org Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA.
CA Walnut Creek UA Mt. Diablo UU Church 2534 www.mduuc.org 1996 Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA
CO Golden US Jefferson Unitarian Church 2612 www.jeffersonunitarian.org This history is in two sections. The first covers the period 1959-1984 and was written in 1984. The second half covers the period 1985-2009 and was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the congregation in 2009.
CT Hartford US Unitarian Society of Hartford 2714 www.ushartford.com 1994 Printed copy available at UUA Headquarters library, Boston, MA.
CT Meriden US UU Church in Meriden 2722 www.uumeriden.org 1865 Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA.
CT West Hartford US The Universalist Church of West Hartford 2813 www.westhartforduu.org Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA.
DC Washington US All Souls Church Unitarian 2824
DE Wilmington US First Unitarian Society of Wilmington Del. 2823
FL Clearwater US UUs of Clearwater FL Inc. 2834 www.UUClearwater.org 2001 Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA.
IA Burlington US The UU Fellowship at Burlington IA 3535 abt 1940
IA Davenport US Unitarian Chuch 3613 www.qcuu.org
IA Davenport US Unitarian Chuch 3613 www.qcuu.org
IA Davenport US Unitarian Church 3613 www.qcuu.org
IA Des Moines US First Unitarian Church of Des Moines Iowa 3614 11-Mar-75
IL Bloomington US UU Church of Bloomington Normal 3213 www.uubn.org 2009 Copy of this history at UUA headquarters, Boston, MA.
IL Bloomington US UU Church of Bloomington Normal 3213 www.uubn.org 2009 Copy of this history at UUA headquarters, Boston, MA.
Il Chicago US First Unitarian Society of Chicago 3222 www.firstuchicago.org Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA.
IL Geneva US The UU SOciety of Geneva 3316 1892
IL Peoria US UU Church 3412 The Universalist Society of Peoria was organized May 5, 1843, with 37 members. Other names include: Universalist Society (1843–1858); Church of the Redeemer (1858–1867); Church of the Messiah (1868–1886); Bradley Memorial First Universalist Society and
Church (1886–1899); First Universalist Society and Church (1899–1912); First Universalist Church (1912–1963); and Universalist Unitarian Church (1963–present)
http://www.peoriauuchurch.org/ 1-May-93 I have a copy of History 1. History 2 and 3 are footnoted in history 1.
IL Urbana US UU Church of Urbana Champaign 3423 Merged Universalist and Unitarian congregations with a campus ministry at the University of Illinois http://uucuc.org/ Oct-82 5-1/4 by 8-1/4 perfect bound book on white paper with a tan cover printed in brown and silver. Most of this book was typewritten using a monospaced Courier font.
KS Wichita US First UU Church of Wichita Kansas 3711 www.firstuu.net Printed copy available in UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA.
KY Louisville US First Unitarian Church 3715
KY Louisville US First Unitarian Church 3715 www.firstulou.org 1938 Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA.
KY Louisville US First Unitarian Church 3715 Oct-79
MA Arlington US First Parish UU 4132 www.firstparish.info Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA
MA Arlington US First Parish UU 4132 http://firstparish.info 2000 NOTE: I was minister at the First Parish UU Church of Arlington, Massachusetts, from 1969 to 1990. Most notable during my 21-year ministry was the loss by fire of our 1857 meetinghouse in 1975 and the subsequent rebuilding effort. Thus the highly personal
account in the final chapters of the book. Its publication was underwritten by the Women’s Alliance of the First Parish, using funds from a legacy by the late Marie Schaffer. With this generous backing, we were able to afford an excellent book designer and
printing firm, resulting in a really handsome volume. However I confess to having missed a few typos, and I inadvertently failed to include a dedication to the Alliance and to Marie. Advice to future congregational historians: get adequate financial backing,
and triple-check the proofs before final approval. Best wishes, Charles Grady, charclaud@nullfastmail.fm
MA Belmont US The First Church in Belmont 4213 www.uubelmont.org Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA
MA Boston US First Church in Boston 4232 1906
MA Boston US First Church in Boston 4232 2005
MA Bridgewater US First Parish Church Unitarian-Universalist 4313 1976
MA Brookline US First Parish in Brookline 4316 1967
MA Concord US First Parish in Concord 4411 1985
MA Framingham US First Parish in Framingham 4513 1902
MA Lancaster US First Church of Christ, Unitarian 4622 1985
MA Leicester US Leicester Unitarian Church 4623 1908
MA Lincoln US The First Parish in Lincoln 4632
MA Malden US First Parish in Malden Universalist 4433 1949
MA Malden US First Parish in Malden Universalist 4433
MA Needham US First Parish in Needham U 4811
MA Newburyport US First Religious Society 4814
MA Newton US First Unitarian Society in Newton 5212 1882
MA North Andover US The North Parish of North Andover 4821 1975
MA North Andover US The North Parish of North Andover 4821 1975
MA Northampton US Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florience 4816
MA Plymouth US First Parish in Plymouth 4922 1950
MA Roxbury US UU Congregation at First Church in Roxbury 4932 1871
MA Roxbury US UU Congregation at First Church in Roxbury 4932
MA Salem US First Universalist Society 4934 1859
MA Salem US First Universalist Society 4934 1909
MA Stow US First Parish Church UU of Stow and Acton 5034 fpc-stow-acton.org
MA Waltham US First Parish Church in Waltham UU Inc. 5123 1998
MA Watertown US First Parish of Watertown 5131 Parish church established in 1630. Became Unitarian under Convers Francis, who came in 1819. Today meets in 8th building – informal humanist congregation – 130 members, 50 children in RE. www.fpwatertown.org 1930 No church records exist for 1630-1680. Church records otherwise are housed at the Massachusetts Historical Society. There are several histories of the town including one by Convers Francis. They all contain much church history.
MA Watertown US First Parish of Watertown 5131 1930
MA Weston US First Parish Church in Weston 5213
MA Weston US First Parish Church in Weston 5213 18-Apr-21
MA Winchendon US UU Church of Winchendon 5222
MA Worcester US First Unitarian Church (Second Parish) 5231 1985
MD Baltimore US The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore 4031 1962
MD Bethesda US Cedar Lane UU Church 4033 http://www.cedarlane.org
ME Augusta US UU Community Church 3810 1997
ME Portland US The First Parish in Portland Maine, UU 3931 We are a congregation in the heart of the city. As the first congregation in the region, we were gathered in 1674, and became Unitarian in 1809. firstparishportland.org Although the church retains much historical material, an equal amount resides in the Maine Historical Society archives.
ME Westbrook US Universalist Church of Westbrook 4021 1983
MI Ann Arbor US First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor 5232 May, 1990
Mi Bloomfield Hills US Birmingham Unitarian Church 5311 Printed copy available at UUA headquarters library, Boston, MA.
MI Kalamazoo US People’s Church 5331
MN Bloomington US Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 5435
MN Saint Paul US Unity Church Unitarian 5532
MO Saint Louis US First Unitarian Church of St. Louis 5712
NC Greenville US Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville 6635
NC Raleigh US UU Fellowship of Raleigh 6714
NH Keene US Keene UU Church 5825 1996
NJ Ridgewood US The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood NJ 6022 1997
NY Brooklyn US First Unitarian Congregational Society 6211 1987
NY Manhasset US UU Congregation at Shelter Rock 6512 Printed copy is available at UUA headquarters, Boston, MA.
Ny New York US The Community Church of New York UU 6421
NY New York US Unitarian Church of All Souls 6422 1991
NY New York US Unitarian Church of All Souls 6422 1974
NY New York US Unitarian Church of All Souls 6422
NY Rochester US First Unitarian Church 6522 A History of the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Rochester, New York 1829-1975 http://www.rochesterunitarian.org/ 1975
NY Rochester US First Unitarian Church 6522 A History of the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Rochester, New York 1829-1975 http://www.rochesterunitarian.org/ 1975 1881 Mann history has Susan B. Anthony in membership list. William CHanning Gannett wrote a short history in 1906 and Colleen Hurst wrote a short history of African American member, Hester C. Whitehurst Jeffery.
NY Southold US The First Universalist Church of Southold 6534 1988
NY Syracuse US May Memorial UU Society 6612
OH Cincinnati US First Unitarian Church 6815 First Unitarian Church is a vibrant congregation of 270 members, who come from a 20 mile radius to worship, learn and serve urban Cincinnati. Our 120 year old church was renovated two years ago [2012]; the sanctuary features Tiffany windows and wood-carvings
by famed Cincinnati artist Henry Fry.
http://www.cinciuu.org 1917
OK Tulsa US All Souls Unitarian Church 7111
OR Portland US First Unitarian Church 7131
OR Portland US West Hills UU Fellowship 7132 2005
PA Pittsburgh US First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh 7332 1961
RI Coventry US Westminster Unitarian Church 7434
TX Dallas US The First Unitarian Church of Dallas 7724 2000
TX Dallas US The First Unitarian Church of Dallas 7724 1968
UT Salt Lake City US First Unitarian Church 7915 1966
UT Salt Lake City US First Unitarian Church 7915 1991
UT Salt Lake City US South Valley UU Society 7916 1993
VA Lynchburg US First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg UU 8112 1990
VT Hartland 4 Corners US First Universalist Society 7936
WI Madison US First Unitarian Society 8411 1999