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History of the
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Timeline of Significant Events

1971
January 27

1970 – 1972

No Religious Education program

1970
April 27

April 1970

Festival of Alternative Lifestyles

Peace Registry created.

Youths record beliefs about war

January 27

1970

Singles group formed, 250 members, Single-U, continued 15 years

January 27

January 1970

Festival of the Trees Service

January 27

January 1970

Frank Cuzzillo donated thousands of seedlings for hill by parking lot

January 27

1969 – 1970

Alice’s Restaurant created great gourmet ethnic dinners

1969
July 27

July 1969

Mt. Diablo Peace Center officially opened

January 27

1969

Aron Gilmartin, candidate for UUA President on Black empowerment platform

January 27

1968 – 1969

Center for Personal Development, intergenerational interest groups replaced Religious Education

1968
May 27

May 1968

First service in new church

Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated

1967
August 27

August 1967

Cong. voted to call Harold Wilson as Associate Minister

April 27

April 1967

East Bay Project, George Johnson called as Associate Minister and Director

March 27

March 1967

Comm. On Urban Crisis public meeting with Black Panthers

1966
December 27

December 1966

Port Chicago Anti-war Vigils, continued for many years

December 27

December 1966

Groundbreaking at 55 Eckley Lane

Eleanor Pound tradition – handmade tree ornaments for every family

September 27

September 1966

First mid-week service

May 27

May 1966

First secretary for Gil – Beverly Scaff

April 27

April 1966

First secretary for Gil – Beverly Scaff

February 27

February 1966

Alan Watts lecture series

January 27

1966

Church Coffeehouse, became Unicorn (movies)

1965
September 27

September 1965

George Prall becomes Choir Director

April 27

April 1965

First Flower Communion

March 27

March 1965

Gil to Selma, coordinated UU Civil Rights action in Alabama

1964
September 27

September 1964

RE registration – 331

June 27

June 1964

Andy Baltzo created World Without War committee

1963
November 27

November 1963

Dr. Robert Kimball, SKSM lecture series, standing room only

November 27

November 1963

First Thanksgiving service with Temple Isaiah

October 27

October 1963

Fall Folk Music Festival

September 27

September 1963

First choir, Carole Danzig director

July 27

July 1963

14.7 acres on Eckley Lane, purchased for $25,00

1962
November 27

November 1962

Human Potential Era, Encounter grps. 10 years, 200 participants

June 27

June 1962

First Hungry-U continued 28 years

1961
June 27

June 1961

Universalists & Unitarians merged

1960
February 27

February 1960

Gil installed, Dana McLean Greeley, UUA President spoke

January 27

January 1960

First minister Aron Gilmartin called

1959
October 23

October 1959

Fire Dept. condemns Pine St. house

September 23

September 1959

First Welcome Back Board Breakfast

May 23

May 1959

First contribution to UUA, $480

1958
May 23

May 1958

Joined Fair Play Council (housing equality)

February 23

Feb 1958

Ernie Howard SKSM student

1957
March 23

March 1957

Unitarian Social Justice chapter formed

1956
July 23

July 1956

Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) formed

1955
September 22

September 1955

SK students Dan Weeks, Peter Weller
65 children in R.E. classes
Became the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Fellowship

August 23

August 1955

Rented first space, Pine St. house

August 22

1955

First Social Action comm. formed

1954
August 22

1954

Loyalty Oath signed under protest

1951
September 22

September 1951

Accepted by UUA

April 1

April 1951

Valley Unitarian Fellowship formed

 

 

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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