2008-2016

  • Interim Minister Morris Hudgins (2008-2010)photo-history-door
  • Ministerial Search process ends without calling a new minister
  • Interim Minister Janet Newman (2010)
  • Bylaws Revision and Policy Manual overhaul
  • UUA Certified Green Sanctuary designation
  • Scott DeVeaux Director of Music (2010)
  • Erik Walker Wikstrom called as the new settled minister (2011)
  • U House sold (2014)
  • Molly Michie Preschool moves out of Lower Hall (2014)
  • Ordained Alexandra McGee (June 14, 2015)
  • Summit House Renovation completed (July 2015)
  • Lower Hall Renovation completed (Spring 2016)

 

2001-2008

  • Called David Takahashi Morris (2002)
  • Membership grew from 348 to 450
  • Covenant Group ministry established (2002)
  • KaeRenae Mitchell Parker, Music Director (2002-2010)
  • With UU Church of Richmond, ordained Leslie Takahashi Morris (February 27, 2005)
  • Called David and Leslie Takahashi Morris as co-ministers (2005)
  • UUA certified Welcoming Congregation (2005)
  • Social Action outreach becomes central to church community PACEM & IMPACT (2006)
  • Public Witness process: Banner “This Church Supports Marriage Rights” placed on the front of the church building
  • Beginning of Environmental Action/Green Sanctuary, JUUST Change (anti-racism), Peace Conversations etc.
  • Change to Large church model-change in governance structure with 5 councils plus Board (2007)
  • Increasing number of programs creates space issues
  • RE classes so large that classroom spaces are inadequate
  • Sunday 2nd worship service crowded

2000

  • Interim Minister Kim Beach

1984-2000

  • Wayne Arnason called as minister
  • Andy Woods starts Soup Kitchen (1987)
  • Church size results in change to Program Church model
  • Governance structure: Board plus Councils: Administrative & Program councils, & eventually separate Social Action Council
  • Wayne Arnason active in local Coalition for Racial Justice
  • Social Action Committee disintegrated, later reforms
  • Introduction of Worship Associates (1988)
  • Partner Church association with Romanian Unitarian Church
  • Steady growth in membership and religious education participation
  • Kathy Mitchell Parker Music Directory (19??-1996)
  • Sally Taylor became the new DRE (1989)
  • First attempts at becoming a Welcoming Congregation
  • Leia Durland hired as new DRE (1992)
  • UUA Loan for purchase of Hogshire property (Summit House) (1992)
  • Judy Wells, Ministerial Intern
  • Capital Campaign to raise money for construction of Social Hall and new church offices, $430,000 raised (1993)
  • Social Hall completed (October 1994)
  • Two full Sunday Morning Worship Services (1995)
  • RE classes move to Summit House (1994)
  • Increasing membership and R.E. participation, all church programs growing
  • Scott Williamson, Choir Director (1997-1999)
  • Ed Piper, Ministerial Intern (1997)
  • Pastoral Associate program active
  • Todd Stickland, Ministerial Intern (1997)
  • Burke Morton, Music Director (1999-2002)
  • Wayne Arnason resigns as minister (2000)

1983

  • Terry Sweetser resigns, Interim Charles Howe
  • Church grows to 221 members
  • Financial stability

1980-1982

  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Unitarian-Universalist
  • Purchased Edward’s property (U House) for $150,000
  • Built parking lot
  • Give to Grow capital campaign
  • Financial shortfalls, borrowing to pay operating expenses
  • Carol Ogburn became the new DRE

1976-1979First Floor Staircase

  • Terry Sweetser called
  • Operating budget tripled
  • Membership increased to 200
  • Corelyn Senn Midelfort became DRE
  • UUA gave TJMC deed to church building

1963- early 1970s

  • Called Walter Royal Jones as minister
  • School desegregation and open housing are important Charlottesville issues and racial issues divide church
  • Sale of Duschak property willed to church on “open market”
  • Unitarian Cooperative Preschool founded as first integrated preschool
  • Involvement of church members in movement to integrate public swimming pools
  • Roy Jones involved with desegregation movement
  • Church struggling financially
  • Roy Jones left and Interim minister Rudolph Gilbert took over (1972)
  • Called Curtis Crawford (1973)
  • Started Memorial Planning Society of the Piedmont
  • Hired first professional Religious Education director, Norma Velimirovic
  • Congregation fired Curtis Crawford (1974-1975)
  • Many left the church
  • Church finances in crisis, no interim minister hired, church without a minister for two years
  • Borrowed more money to repair buildings

1962

  • Henry Cheetham resigned, Interim Minister Lon Ray Call
  • Borrowed from UUA to fix church building

1954-1961

  • Henry Cheetham called to be minister
  • 144 members, 103 pledging units
  • Struggling financially to pay minister
  • Jefferson room constructed & pews installed
  • Parlor, kitchen, office, and minister’s study finished
  • $2500 deficit in operating budget
  • Choir led by Jimmy Simmons
  • Budget $17,000, deficit reduced
  • Refused to participate in white only church basement schools
  • Changed name to Thomas Jefferson Memorial Unitarian Church
  • No deficit, $19,000 budget, 200 members, 99 pledging units
  • Church mortgage paid off
  • Became Unitarian Universalist (UUA merger-1961)
  • Decreased membership to 175, decreased budget

1954photo-history-dedication-plaque

  • Building finished and dedicated

 

 

 

 

1950photo-history-cornerstone

  • Cornerstone of church building laid

 

 

1946

  • Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church
  • Malcolm Sutherland, full time minister
  • Land purchased for church by American Unitarian Association
  • Sunday school begun by Virginia James

1943

  • Jefferson Unitarian Society (15 charter members)
  • Henry Wilder Foote, part time minister
  • Floyd House, president
  • Carrie Baker founded the Alliance