UUFSB has more than 230 members, a full-time minister and vibrant programs for youth and adult religious education, meditative arts, and music
(Long Island, NY) During October, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook (UUFSB) will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its founding in 1962. Fifty years ago, 18 friends joined together to create a new religious organization aligned with the Unitarian Universalist Association, which had been formed the previous year by a merger of the Unitarian and Universalist denominations. The goal of the Stony Brook area group was to create a community where people of non-dogmatic faith could find common ground, worship together, and work for a better world.
Fifty years later, UUFSB has more than 230 members, a full-time minister and vibrant programs for youth and adult religious education, meditative arts, and music. The congregation was active in the fight for passage of the New York Marriage Equality Act in 2011, and serves as a source of dedicated volunteers for the Welcome Inn soup kitchen, the Bethel Hobbs Community Farm, The Literacy Project and other local organizations.
The celebration of UUFSB’s 50th Anniversary will begin on Friday, October 19 with a special program of music that reflects the major historical events of the five decades since UUFSB’s founding. Festivities on Saturday, October 20 include an open house to introduce the public to the congregation, a classical music concert and a dance. The congregation’s consulting minister, the Rev. Margie Allen, will share the Sunday morning service with one of UUFSB’s earliest ministers, the Rev. Dr. Frederic Muir, who is now Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, MD. The service will be followed by a dedication ceremony for the building and grounds and a reception.
UUFSB has invited many of our community’s political and religious leaders and also invites the community at large to join us in celebrating 50 years of successful growth, and the development of a strong religious community for central Suffolk County. All events are free and anyone interested in joining in the celebration can go to the Fellowship’s website (www.uufsb.org) for information and to RSVP to one or more of the weekend’s events.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Services are held on Sunday mornings at 10:30 at 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket, with a coffee hour that follows. Religious education classes begin at 10:30 and end at 11:30. Infant and child care is available during the worship service. For further information, call 631-751-0297, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fellowship can also be found online at www.uufsb.org.
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