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History of the
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Timeline of Significant Events

2016
February 21
2007
April 8

April 8, 2007

Easter Service: Vivaldi Gloria
First performance of Children’s Choir, directed by Sierra Lynne White

February 18

February 18, 2007

A Toast to Jann Rose Schaub

January 14

January 14, 2007

Ministerial Search Committee approved

2006
November 11

November 11, 2006

Serve-U makes over $23,000!

November 1

November 2006

“Iraq for Sale” with speaker Congressman George Miller

October 27

October 2006

Arliss Ungar’s book, With Vision and Courage, a history of Starr King School for the Ministry is published

Old Firehouse School of Walnut Creek opens in Dorothy White building

“An Inconvenient Truth” shown

October 22

October 22, 2006

Agnes Elfving’s 100th birthday celebrated

August 27

September 2006

Dave Travers becomes Building & Grounds Custodian

August 27

August 2006

Diane Miller, interim minister begins

MDUUC approved as Green Sanctuary candidate

July 27

July 2006

Green Sanctuary committee gives Party for the Planet

June 27

June 2006

R.E. “A Trip around the World”

Dave Sammons retires

Mt. Diablo Parent Co-op disbands (began in 1962)

May 27

May 2006

Welcoming Congregation approved

Dave Sammons’ Goodbye Picnic Celebration

April 27

April 2006

PCD Assembly hosted by MDUUC, largest ever held

March 27

March 2006

Bonnie Dlott ordained

February 27

February 2006

$1,000,000 raised for Fellowship Hall, architect chosen

January 27

January 2006

Proposed cell phone tower withdrawn

2005
March 27

March 2005

Heather Sawyers chosen Director of Lifespan Religious Education

2004
June 27

June 2004

Hogwarts comes to R.E. summer program

Our Global Warming Study/Action adopted at GA

Picture Directory published

June 27

June 2004

Bonnie Dlott receives UUA Stewardship Award

February 27

February 2004

Darrel Richey & Randy Schloesser married in San Francisco

January 27

January 2004

Dave Sammons’ 20 year ministry celebrated

2003
September 27

September 2003

Mark Tuning, hired, Music Director

Share the Plate offerings began

2002
October 27

October 2002

Christy Diggins hired, Administrative Assistant

August 27

August 2002

Patio trees donated by Jim Lincoln in memory of his UU minister father

July 27

July 2002

Art glass installed in sanctuary

June 27

June 2002

Jan Johnson voted Affiliate Community Minister

April 28

April 28, 2002

New Grand Piano first concert by Lino Rivera

2001
October 27

October 2001

Butterfly Garden created by Nell Fraser

September 27

September 2001

Heather Sawyers named Admin. Asst.

June 27

June 2001

Hungry – U, “Surviving”

April 27

April 2001

50th Anniversary Celebration

2000
January 27

2000

July Sonja Christopher donates $2,500 for “Survivor” participationto the Fellowship Hall fund

Sept. Services begin in new sanctuary

Gilmartin building remodeled

Dave & Jan sabbatical – Australia, etc.

Lino Rivera hired as accompanist

Marcia Olsen ordained

Ludell Deutscher’s bronze Sacred Chalice dedicated

1999
November 27

November 1999

TIE groups – Together in Exploration begun by Jann Rose Schaub

October 27

October 1999

Dedication of new sanctuary

June 27

June 1999

UUA Distinguished Service award given to Til Evans

May 27

May 1999

Eve Gilmartin, SK honorary degree

May 27

May 1999

Return to one Sunday service

1998
November 27

November 1998

Darcy Laine ordained

1997
September 27

September 1997

Ground breaking for new sanctuary

Spirit Pole, Tree of Life buried

March 27

March 1997

Vote to sell land, approve borrowing to build sanctuary

Jean Wilcox retires as RE Dir., Yvonne Rochon new director

January 27

January 1997

Aron Gilmartin, Minister Emeritus, 87th birthday, 46 years of ministry

1996
October 27

October 1996

Rachel Anderson ordained

September 27

September 1996

Our Whole Lives sexuality classes began

April 27

April 1996

Art Ungar receives PCD Distinguished Service Award

March 27

March 1996

Doddie Stone ordained

February 27

February 1996

Beverly Scaff’s, So Great A Vision, MDUUC 1951-1984, published

1995
September 27

September 1995

Ordination of Norma Cordell

Cong. vote to join Council of Churches (now Interfaith Council)

First Coming of Age class

May 27

May 1995

SK commencement here: Doddie Stone, Bill Sinkford

March 27

March 1995

Vote to build new sanctuary

January 27

1995

Jan. Jean Wilcox & Robin King in “Love Letters”

1994
January 27

1994

Authorize campaign for new sanctuary

Dedication of Norma Cordell’s “Tree of Life” (spirit pole)

Sept. Two Sunday services – 9 & 11am

Nov. New Facilities Task Force plans for future

Beverly Scaff building loan paid off

1993
April 27

April 1993

Jean Wilcox takes $2,000 from “Shirley Valentine” to our Transylvania church

Meadow Homes tutoring begun by Florence Pierson

1992
January 27

January 1992

New Pulpit designed by Bob Hill, built by Art Ungar

1991
January 27

1991

Voted to become Sanctuary for conscientious objectors

Nov. Ordination of Lowell Brook

1990
October 30

October 30, 1990

Beverly Scaff retires, office named the Beverly Scaff Building

Jan Looney becomes Administrator

June 27

June 1990

Vote to seek status as Welcoming Congregation, for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons

January 27

1990

Starr King scholarship created honoring Eve Gilmartin

1988
January 27

1988

Promise the Children-$12,000 grant, Children’s Task Force created

1987
July 27

July 1987

Counseling program created

June 27

June 1987

Concord Naval Weapons/Port Chicago procession, Vigil began

June 27

June 1987

Memorial Garden, Dedication of Bob Forbes memorial fountain

January 27

1987

Began fund for grand piano

Angel Michaels, new choir director

1986
November 27

November 1986

Office building groundbreaking, dedicated in Nov.

May 27

May 1986

Celebrated 35th anniversary of church

March 27

March 1986

Voted to sponsor Central American family in sanctuary

1985
August 27

January 1985

Unitarians of Rossmoor began

May 27

May 1985

Voted to provide sanctuary for Central American refugees

1984
October 27

October 1984

Former Interim Minister Bob Forbes dies

May 27

May 1984

Aron Gilmartin’s 50 years of ministry honored

January 27

January 1984

Dave Sammons called as Minister

Ludell Deutscher created our beautiful chalice in clay.

1983
September 27

September 1983

George Prall, new choir director

March 27

March 1983

Couples Club formed

January 27

January 1983

Bob Forbes called as Interim Minister, ordained 2-83

1982
August 27

August 1982

Peter Christiansen to retire Aug. 83.

Til Evans called as Minister to 12-82

April 27

April 1982

Meditation service begun by Ludell Deutscher & Lynne White

January 27

1982

LRY became YRUU

1979
December 27

December 1979

Bob Baker began annual Clam Chowder & Carol Songfest

May 27

May 1979

Sydney Nugent began Caring Committee

March 27

March 1979

Til Evans ordained as Minister of Religious Education

February 27

February 1979

Deanna Henderson hired. First paid music director

January 27

January 1979

Smoking controversy resolved: no smoking in sanctuary and R.E.

1978
September 27

September 1978

Barbara Bowers resigns

March 27

March 1978

Jim Ocean manages Coffeehouse – best venue for music groups

January 27

1978

Hungry U videotapes Hungry U XVII, a first

1977
October 27

October 1977

Gil becomes Minister Emeritus

Purchased 65 Eckley for Peace Center and Ecology Center

1976
September 27

September 1976

Peter Christiansen chosen Minister

January 27

1976

Family U, Childrens’ Hungry U and Art Auction

1975
December 27

December 1975

Tom Lindemuth, choir director

October 27

October 1975

Ben Chapel killed by train on Sierra LRY trip. Memorial Redwood Grove created by Chapels

July 27

July 1975

Jo Bartlett chosen as Interim Minister

March 27

April 1975

Barbara Bowers, choir director

March 27

March 1975

Gil retired – 15 years as Minister

1974
May 27

May 1974

First Joyful Whatzit midweek service became Vespers Service

January 27

1974

Sharing in Growth – UUA helps us set goals

1973
April 27

April 1973

Extended Family programs began

January 27

January 1973

Gil’s sabbatical, church run by Crisis Committee

1972
June 27

June 1972

First annual Auction, became Serve U

Church member Pete Stark, bank president (and later Congressperson), established Employee Day Care Center here

January 27

1971 – 1972

Switchboard, Rurban Alternative School occupied church

1971
May 27

May 1971

May Day multi-media Art Festival

May Pole ceremony

 

Abbreviations:

SK, SKSM – Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley
RE – Religious Education
LRY – Liberal Religious Youth
YRUU – Young Religious UU’s
PCD – Pacific Central District
UUA – Unitarian Universalist Association In Boston

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