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Unitarian Universalists Dedicate White Stone Church
UUFR-VA Press Release


On November 16, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock (UUFR-VA) will dedicate the first Unitarian Universalist (UU) church ever constructed in the Northern Neck. Sara Mackey, a frequent speaker at the UUFR-VA, will be the main speaker at the dedication service at 366 James Wharf Road in White Stone, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

While a UU church may be new in the Northern Neck, the Unitarian denomination has a long and illustrious history in Virginia. Among America’s founding fathers, our 2nd, 3rd, and 6th Presidents were all Unitarians. Thomas Jefferson, for whom the regional UU District is named, was long a promoter of Unitarianism. John Adams, John’s wife Abigail, and John Quincy Adams were Unitarians. Other prominent Unitarians in the early days of our country included Ethan Allen, Paul Revere, and perhaps Thomas Paine who, at least, was accused of being a Unitarian by his royalist enemies.

Ten years ago, a small local group interested in Unitarian Universalism began meeting for discussion, sharing, and potluck dinners. Eventually, a UU fellowship emerged. As the group grew, they took up residence in the White Stone Women’s Club, and chose to affiliate with the national Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

The UUFR-VA has grown into its own church, and remains an active presence in the greater community. The fellowship is a regular contributor and supporter of local community charitable efforts, including The Haven, The Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, and The Interfaith Alliance.

The UUFR-VA aspires to be a symbol of fellowship, family, and service. The congregation’s mission is to inspire spiritual and intellectual growth; to provide spiritual guidance for future generations; to serve the needs of the community; and to pursue the Unitarian Universalist Principles of truth, fairness, respect, and social justice.

According to UUFR-VA President, Caroline Shifflett, “One motivation for constructing our own building is to provide a facility with space to welcome children, and to provide a venue for events that would be of interest to the community.” The new building will provide a welcoming home for educational, musical, and cultural events in the community.

The UUFR-VA, serving the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck, is led by its lay members. The Sunday services frequently feature visiting ministers or others prominent in their fields. The UUFR-VA meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Photo: UUFR-VA Church Building