Highlights Through The Years


1959Rev. James Reeb, Associate Minister of All Souls’ Church, Washington, DC, 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.
1960’sUFWC member Dr. W. T. M. Johnson and other members conduct career conferences at Henderson High School for minority and other students. They were active in the Human Relations Council and UPAC (United Political Action Committee of Chester County), a civil rights group that was party to the suit against Luken’s Steel and to the suit that changed how West Chester borough council members are elected.
1975Social Action Trust Fund is started.
1985West Chester Food Bank collections begin.
1988Series of Forums on AIDS.
1992UFWC Begins On-site Recycling.
Rev. 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.
1994Rev. Kate Rohde’s Gay Liberation for Straight People sermon wins first annual Interweave Sermon Award.
Rwanda Relief Collection.
1995Monthly lunches at the Salvation Army begin – continue through 2010.
1996Series of services on Environment and the Seventh Principal.
UFWC Environmental Action Network is formed.
UFWC Turnout at West Chester Zoning Board Hearing helps secure positive ruling for Planned Parenthood
1997Congregation members, serving as officers, participate in the revival of the Human Relations Council of Greater West Chester.
The Education Task Force is formed to promote UU ideals in the local school district.
The Pro-Choice Task Force is formed to support reproductive rights and provide volunteers to Planned Parenthood.
First National Bank of West Chester settles discrimination suit after political action by a coalition that includes UFWC.
1998Monthly dinners for Safe Harbor Shelter begin.
Workshop and Film on Domestic Violence.
1999Planned Parenthood Escorting by UCWC members begins.
Dimensions of Diversity Task Force is formed to promote increased awareness of diversity with primary focus on racism and action to create a more just society.
2000Congregation votes to become a Welcoming Congregation after successful presentation of ten weekly workshops. Mission is to ensure continued support for the rights and worth of LGBT persons.
2001Film and Discussion Series by Anti-Racism Task Force.
Earth Stewardship Task Force begins with the goal of making UFWC an example of and resource for environmental stewardship.
Rev. 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.
PFLAG meetings begin at UFWC.
Congregation’s first AIDS Walk Philly team has 11 participants.
UFWC Raises funds for UUSC/UUA September 11th Humanitarian Relief Fund.
2002-03Fellowship members support naming the new local high school for Bayard Rustin through speeches at public meetings, letters to the editor and to the school board, and phone calls to board members.
2002Simplicity Circle begins as an outgrowth of the Earth Stewardship Simplicity Workshop.
Social Justice Task Force is started with the goals of supporting UUSC and providing opportunities for congregants to become involved in social justice issues.
UFWC participates in Chester County’s first Annual Pride Day sponsored by PFLAG.
Exploring Diversity Book Group begins.
Ad-hoc Fellowship group organizes people of faith to place an ad opposing preemptive war against Iraq in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Members visit Sen. Arlen Specter.
2003First Habitat for Humanity work day
Grocery certificate donations to the local food bank start
2004Social Justice Committee co-sponsors movie series with the Chester County Peace Movement.
Earth Stewardship Task Force begins Ecological Work Days every other month in coordination with the Chester County Conservation District.
UFWC members participate in the March for Women’s Lives in DC.
2005Tsunami Relief benefit concert raises $2,300.
A Night for Niger fundraiser raises $1,600 for famine relief
2006Share-the-Plate begins. Once a month, UFWC gives half the plate to a local social justice organization.
Forum, Spirituality and Politics: Is God Left-handed, Right-handed, or Ambidextrous?, is held as a kickoff for the Left Hand of God book discussion series.
Video of Rabbi Michael Lerner’s address at the Network of Spiritual Progressives founding conference at All Souls Unitarian Church in DC is shown.
2007Social Justice Committee decides to become a sponsor of a Habitat for Humanity house.
Town Hall Event to communicate to U. S. Rep. Jim Gerlach the need to divert military spending to human needs programs.
Beyond War 8-week Course is presented by the Beyond War Group. Members become more involved in weekly peace vigils as pro-war demonstrators are showing up.
Dinner, Film, and Discussion: The Ghosts of Abu Ghriab is presented by the Beyond War Group as part of a nationwide project coordinated by the National Campaign Against Torture.
2008Non-Violent Peace Force speaker Erica Shatz speaks to members and community guests. After the talk the Beyond War group followed up by raising $2000 to pay for a bike that would provide transportation for one of their volunteers overseas.
Peace Walk: Members with signs walk up High Street to join the peace Vigil in the center of town after the Justice Sunday service.
Beyond War Group repeats the Beyond War 8-week course and has a table at the West Chester Restaurant Festival.
Discussion series, Menu for the Future, is presented by the Global Warming Group.
2009Health care reform letter-writing campaign culminating in a visit to Sen. Arlen Spector.
Ten-week Islam course starts at UFWC.
UFWC hosts a reception for the Beyond War National Peace Conference held in West Chester.
Community coalition created by members Mike Stevens and Tom Buglio raises $80,000 for a Habitat for Humanity home in West Chester.
Interfaith Forum US Sponsored Torture: Investigate…Legislate. Panel discussion followed by video as part of Chester County Peace Week
Interfaith Forum Who Is My Neighbor?
Member Ruth MacFadyen is honored at the annual Community Appreciation Luncheon of the Human Relations Council of Greater West Chester.
2010Library Advocates Group works for increased funding for public libraries.
Haiti Benefit Concert raises over $3,000.
Panel discussion Terrorism: What Should America’s Response Be? is sponsored by the UFWC Beyond War Group.
UFWC co-sponsors a UU table at the Mazzoni Transgender Fair in Philadelphia.
Gardening for Our Neighbors (at the time called Gleaning) Project is initiated to grow food for local food banks.
Newly-formed Embracing Diversity Team’s first event is a 9500 Liberty film screening and panel discussion on immigration.
2011Member Dianne Herrin is selected as the 2011 “Gene Wilson Award” winner by the Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection for creating and successfully laying the foundation for many local organizations that focus on climate change solutions.
Reggie and Kim Harris concert (songs and stories about the underground railroad and the modern civil rights movement) is presented by the Music Committee.
Animal Ministry Chapter is formed to reduce the abuse of animals.
Film screening of Food, Inc. is presented by the Animal Ministry Chapter.
Supported the Occupy movement with letter-signing and collection of food and other supplies.
2012Embracing Diversity Team sponsors book discussions on The Death of Josseline.
Film screening of Forks over Knives is presented by the Animal Ministry Chapter.
Panel discussion: A Faith Response to Illegal Immigration.
Documentary Lost in Detention, about immigrant detention camps, is shown.
First Veggie Night Out event is sponsored by the Animal Ministry Chapter.
Winter coats for toddler collection for the Maternal and Child Health Consortium.
2013Gun Safety Study Group is formed to advocate for reducing gun violence. They became part of the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. The group subsequently disaffiliated with UCWC in order to pursue a more political approach. We continued to have a liaison with the group.
Bus trip to Climate Forward rally in DC.
Film Screening and Discussion of Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War. Presented by UUSC team.
Playback Theatre returns to UCWC to perform Immigration Nation: Our Stories.
2014Our first hosting of the Buddhist Peace Walkers.
Animal Ministry Group launches the First Principle Project at UCWC.
UCWC participates in the People’s Climate March in New York City.
2015UCWC participates in an effort by local faith groups to aid unaccompanied Central American refugee children living in Chester County.
UCWC becomes the fifth nationwide to approve changing the First Principle to include "every being."
Sandy Hook Commemoration event. Twenty members join Chester Co. Coalition Prevent Gun Violence Call to Action Team.
Special collection raises $856 for UUSC-UUA Refugee Relief Fund.
Gardening for Our Neighbors project raises nearly 400 pounds of produce for the West Chester Food Cupboard.
2016UCWC partners with local faith organizations and individuals to resettle a Congolese refugee family in our local community. About $5,000 donated plus many hours for volunteer work.
UCWC adopts support for the Black Lives Matter movement and hangs a banner.
Climate Justice Email Discussion List begins and added a liaison to the Chester Co. chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby.
Film Screening of Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War.
Special collection raises $1,598 for UUSC Hait Hurricane Relief Fund.
2017Defenders of Democracy sub-committee is formed.
Sanctuary Congregation Team is formed.