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 publishedOld 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 beginsMDUUC 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 retiresMt. Diablo Parent Co-op disbands (began in 1962)
May 27

May 2006

Welcoming Congregation approvedDave 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Proposed cell phone tower withdrawn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 programOur Global Warming Study/Action adopted at GAPicture 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 DirectorShare 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 fundSept. Services begin in new sanctuaryGilmartin building remodeledDave & Jan sabbatical – Australia, etc.Lino Rivera hired as accompanistMarcia Olsen ordainedLudell 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 sanctuarySpirit Pole, Tree of Life buried
March 27

March 1997

Vote to sell land, approve borrowing to build sanctuaryJean 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 CordellCong. 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 sanctuaryDedication of Norma Cordell’s “Tree of Life” (spirit pole)Sept. Two Sunday services – 9 & 11amNov. New Facilities Task Force plans for futureBeverly Scaff building loan paid off
1993
April 27

April 1993

Jean Wilcox takes $2,000 from “Shirley Valentine” to our Transylvania churchMeadow 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 objectorsNov. Ordination of Lowell Brook
1990
October 30

October 30, 1990

Beverly Scaff retires, office named the Beverly Scaff BuildingJan 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 pianoAngel 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 MinisterLudell 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 EmeritusPurchased 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 UChurch 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 FestivalMay 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