Unitarian Congregation to celebrate 50 years

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus plans to conduct a variety of activities May 20 and 21 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Activities include the dedication of a new stained glass window, groundbreaking for a playground, a special Sunday service, plenty of music and food and other activities. The celebration also will include recognition of the church’s 15th year at its present location at 7580 Goeller Blvd., Columbus.

Efforts to establish a Unitarian Universalist church in Columbus actually began more than 50 years ago, when a handful of people began meeting in each other’s homes. Those efforts came to a halt with the untimely deaths of two key players, Eva and Jim Daly.

Several years later, organizers revived those efforts, and the congregation began meeting at North Christian Church. The Goeller Boulevard location is actually the congregation’s fourth church home.

After several part-time ministers, the congregation called its first full-time minister, the Rev. Dennis McCarty, in 2004. He has retired, and the church is in the process of selecting a new minister.

Sunday services are at 10 a.m., followed by a fellowship hour. Services are presently being led by interim minister the Rev. Mary Moore.

Information: uucci@uucci.org