• Mar. 28, 1954.  21 members sign membership book, adopt by-laws and elect six trustees. Rev. John MacKinnon christens Gregory Alexander Roehrs, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Gordon Roehrs. Following business discussions, the question, “Are Unitarians Christians?” is addressed and seven different answers are presented and discussed.
  • Sep. 25, 1955.  Unitarian Sunday School opens for first time, meeting weekly 10:30 – 12:00 at Chester County Art Center. Twenty-five school-age children are enrolled in religious education classes.
  • June 8, 1959.  Rev. James Reeb, Associate Minister of All Souls’ Church, Washington, D. C. addresses the congregation, speaking on “Religious Liberals on Vacation.” James Reeb is later killed in Selma, Alabama, and Rev. Martin Luther King delivers the eulogy.
  • June 4, 1960.  The Unitarian and Universalist merger is approved by the congregation with a large majority.
  • July 22, 1961.  The Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester receives the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Unitarian Service Committee.
  • old_fellowship1962.  501 N. Franklin Street is purchased for $19,000 and soon becomes known as “Unitarian House.”
  • Oct. 22, 1989.  Kate Rhode is called as our minister and is installed at a special ceremony held at West Chester Friends Meeting House. Rev. Brad Greely, minister at Mainline delivers the sermon.
  • 1992.  Kate’s sermon, “A Candle for Anita,” wins the Skinner Sermon Award and serves as the basis of a national UU convocation honoring University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill.
  • 1994.  Kate Rohde’s Gay Liberation for Straight People sermon wins first annual Interweave Sermon Award.
  • build-medJuly 20, 1995.  The fellowship buys New Century Club at 501 South High Street for $225,000.
  • June 2000.  Congregation votes to become a Welcoming Congregation after successful presentation of ten weekly workshops exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. Mission is to ensure continued support for the rights and worth of LGBT persons.
  • 2001.  Kate wins the 2001 Commission on Social Witness/UU Ministers Association award for her social justice sermon “Have We Won the War Yet?” on the U. S. drug war.
  • 2007 – August 1. Arrival of Reverend Deborah Mero as Settled Minister. She has presided over an expansion of our Adult Exploration programming, led several retreats for UCWC women, enhanced our participation in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, served in leadership positions in the Greater West Chester Religious Council and the Priestly Kingsbury Chapter of the UU Minister’s Association.
  • 2012- Feb. 12. At an official congregational meeting called in accordance with the bylaws, the name of The Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester was changed by vote of a supermajority of members to The Unitarian Congregation of West Chester.
  • 2016-May 1. UCWC calls Rev. Daniel Schatz to be our minister.