First Unitarian Society Celebrates 175 Years

175thLogowTag“Those citizens of Milwaukie, friendly to the organization of a Unitarian congregation of this town, are requested to meet in Roger’s Building on Thursday evening next, at early candlelight.”

Such was the call to Milwaukee residents in August of 1841! Find more information about our church’s history here.



Timeline of Celebratory Events

•    August 19, 2016: indoor picnic potluck dinner and early candlelight vespers service. Join us for this 175th kickoff event!
•    October 9, 2016: Irma Morter Lecture with author Megan Marshall. Marshall wrote “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.”
•    Late winter music service – stay tuned for details!
•    Spring wrap-up event – stay tuned for details!


Mission Statement

The 175th Anniversary of the First Unitarian Society provides an opportunity to explore the values and imperatives that animate our church through the lens of history. Locating our church and our denomination in the spiritual, moral and political currents of American society, the commemoration will examine our shared past in order to help us better understand the “wild and precious life” of being a Unitarian Universalist in modern America.

Although the church will sponsor several major events between August 2016 and April 2017, we also invite church members, groups, and organizations to commemorate our history in their own ways. They may consider focusing on any of the issues that for most of our history have been central to our congregation’s sense of purpose:

1)    Economic justice: from organized labor and social welfare to the living wage and corporate responsibility.
2)    Racial equality: from abolitionism and civil rights to integration and Black Lives Matter.
3)    Gender and sexuality: from women’s suffrage and equal pay for equal work to women’s reproductive health and LGBTQ issues.
4)    Community responsibility: from education and children’s rights to clinic protection and MICAH.