On February 26, nearly 60 people gathered at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse along the banks of the St. Vrain River. We celebrated the launch of The LUUP, the Longmont Unitarian Universalist Presence.
Time was spent with introductions and connecting with neighbors. Music was heard, food was nibbled, songs were sung. The chalice was lit and the conversations continued. As we explored our identity as Unitarian Universalists, questions were asked. What is the commitment you hold in your heart to both Unitarian Universalism AND to Longmont? If The LUUP transformed Longmont in five years, what would be your role? We listened and shared.
The chalice was extinguished, the chairs were stacked and stored, and The LUUP Steering Committee was grateful for the enthusiastic participation at our first event.
Courageous Love Transforms the World with The LUUP, our second intergenerational event with worship and fun led by Rev. Kelly Dignan from UU Church of Boulder. We’ll play some games, sing some songs, and grow spiritually. We’ll also ask you what vision you have for future gatherings. Bring your friends. Invite all. We are spreading UU values in Longmont and transforming the world as we do.
1715 Iron Horse Dr #130, Longmont, CO 80501
Get connected to The LUUP. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder and the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship covenant together to deepen a UU presence in Longmont, providing new opportunities for community that is both spiritual in nature and rooted in the works of justice. In this endeavor, we live out our theology of interdependence and bring Unitarian Universalist values and covenantal community into the world.
LUUP Steering Committee
Lauren Hinkle, Caitlin Moore, Barbara Richards (UUCB)
Stephanie Pache, Natalie Parker, Scott Youmans (BVUUF)
Rev. Ruth Rinehart, LUUP Organizer
A Bit of History
For years, UUs in Longmont have met in homes, coffee shops, parks, and restaurants. We have gathered to nurture friendships, explore new ideas, and serve others. We have also imagined sharing our inclusive faith with the greater community.
In the spring of 2016, Rev. Kelly Dignan of the UU Church of Boulder and Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry of the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship promised to work together, to strengthen our congregational ties and our UU presence in Boulder County and beyond, affirming our commitment to something greater than our individual congregations.
The Longmont UU Presence Steering Committee first convened in September 2016. Together we have met monthly to explore the possibilities of this congregational collaboration. Our intentions are to create a vibrant community that builds on the strengths of each congregation and extend our reach to people in search of an inclusive faith for the twenty-first century. We are not starting our own traditional church.
Our monthly efforts have resulted in the following:
- Received a Mountain Desert District Chalice Lighter Grant for $4,392 to fund rental of space and staff.
- Explored our congregational stories and relationship.
- Completed a “brand development and key stakeholder” process which led to the creation of a logo and laid the foundation for our charter and vision.
- Hired Rev. Ruth Rinehart as The LUUP’s part-time organizer in January 2017, 15 hours per month.
- Established organizational processes for staff and finance responsibilities, with UUCB as the fiscal agent and BVUUF hosting the informational technologies.
- The LUUP communications team established a domain, a Google suite of apps, a MailChimp newsletter, and a process for sharing new contact information between congregations.