Whatever brings you to our virtual or physical doors, you are welcome here. Young or old, rich or poor – regardless of race, religious origin or belief – whether you walked in on your own or with assistance – whomever you love – you are welcome here.
We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.
We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.
History The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark began as an extension of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington in 1955 and was incorporated as an independent group that October. As our numbers increased, the congregation purchased 3.5 acres of wooded land and designed and built a glass-walled meeting place. A second building, for Religious Education, was built in 1969. Our latest expansion, completed in 1992, doubled our capacity.
The Fellowship was lay-led from 1955 to 1969 when we called our first minister, Rev. Robert Hemstreet, who served the congregation from 1969 to 1975. The congregation was again lay-led from 1975 to 1985. Rev. Louise Robeck was confirmed as extension minister in 1986, installed as our settled minister in June 1990, and served until 1995. Rev. Michael Boblett was our interim minister from 1996 to 1997 when we settled on a new minister, Rev. Greg Chute, who served from 1997 to 2011. Rev. Greg retired in 2011 and during the interim period – the two years in which we prepare to call our new minister – we were served first by Rev. Gary Gallun and then by Rev. Larry Smith. In the Spring of 2013 the congregation called the Reverend Andrew L. Weber as the minister, who served through July 2017. In September of 2017, Reverend Paula Maiorano came to UUFN to serve as a part-time pastoral care minister. In August of 2019 Donald Garrett began serving as our half-time minister.