In 1954, twenty-one people established the fellowship that became our church. We joined the American Unitarian Association, and in 1961 the Unitarian Universalist Association, after the consolidation of the Unitarians and Universalists.
Our first building at 36th and Ave U was dedicated in 1960, adding a Sunday School wing to accommodate the growing children’s religious education program. A temporary minister was called in 1967. Subsequently, we had consistent ministerial leadership, with Rev. Al Judd serving for 10 years beginning in 1973. We saw an increase in music in our services provided by both members and musicians from Texas Tech. And we acquired artwork, such as the mural “The Seasons” by Paul Milosovich.
In 1982, we bought the building we have now at 2801 42nd St., and we have paid off the mortgage! After Rev. Judd left in 1983, the church had a series of interim ministers. Then, Rev. Thomas Perchlik served from 1991-2000.
Since 2000, we have been lay led. Our 11:00AM Sunday services has continued without interruption using the format established by our former ministers. We use an Order of Service with standard elements such as Opening and Closing words, the Chalice Lighting, Joys and Concerns, and hymns. The Sunday message is given by our own members and friends, speakers from the wider Lubbock community, as well as ministers and guests from out of town.
We have had ebbs and flows in our children’s attendance. We now have a Director of Religious Education and a vibrant children’s program. For adults, we have at 10:00AM a religious exploration class called Intersections and book groups meet from time to time both at the church and at members homes.
To ensure our continued learning from the wider UU community, we have established Futures Funds: the Darwin Holder Memorial Fund for the Youth and the Dorothy McLarty Fund. The first one will be used to help fund our youth’s participation in regional and national UU events. The second will help provide financial support for adult members to attend UU conferences and training.