Unitarian Universalism has a rich history, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder has roots reaching back to the late 1800s in Colorado.
Treasures of UUCB
Learn about some of the art and artifacts (pdf) that adorn our building.
Timeline of our Church
- 1883: The Reverend Thomas J. Van Ness delivered his first sermon to Boulder’s First Unitarian Society. Van Ness accepted a call to the Denver Unitarian church in 1884, and the Boulder group never again had a long-term minister. It had disbanded by 1890.
- 1946: A small group of interested Boulder residents (many with families) began meeting on campus with an active student organization, the CU Religious Liberals. After about a year, the town group, wanting more religious education for their children, drifted apart from the CU group and started meeting separately in members’ homes.
- 1948: On July 30, the Unitarian Fellowship of Boulder received the first Fellowship Charter issued by the American Unitarian Association.
- 1957: The Reverend Thomas J. Maloney was hired as a part-time minister. He became full-time in 1959.
- 1958: The congregation elected to re-incorporate as the Unitarian Church of Boulder. Also in 1958, the church hired its first paid RE Director, Marianne Stilson.
- 1963: In June, ground was broken for the current church building on Pennsylvania Avenue. The architect was David Rowland, a member of the congregation and former student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The first service in the new building was held on Christmas Eve 1963.
- 1964-69: The Reverend Philip Pennington served as UUCB’s minister.
- 1971-93: The Reverend Forrest Whitman served the congregation.
- 1979: The congregation was officially renamed the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder.
- 1982-83: The Sky Room addition to the building was built.
- 1995-2000: The Reverend Kurt Kuhwald was the settled minister.
- 2000: The Reverend Jacqueline A. Ziegler was called as the first woman and fifth settled minister.
- 2008: as part of a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) pilot program, a Developmental Minister, the Reverend Howell K. Lind, was contracted to work with the Board to reach a set of goals established by the congregation.
- 2014: The UUA named UUCB a Breakthrough Congregation
- 2015-2019: The congregation called its sixth settled lead Minister, the Reverend Kelly Dignan.
- 2021: The congregation called its seventh and current settled Lead Minister, the Reverend David Schwartz