American Unitarian Conference

AUC Congregations

AUC Member Congregations

Unitarian Christian Fellowship of San Diego

c/o Bernie Vainik, 4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103. Contact at 

Autumn Creek Church

7635 Wilmington Pike, Centerville, OH 45458. Contact Stephen J. Carl at


St. James Postal First Parish Unity Chapel

P.O. Box 1767, Oroville, WA 98844-1767. Contact Mark Rabenold at


AUC Open Door Congregations

The American Unitarian Conference program is designed to enable American Unitarian Conference members and friends to find congregations where they would feel welcome and find worship to be consistent with their beliefs.


These are the congregations within other denominations that have agreed to provide an Open Door for AUC members and their faith tradition:


Epiphany Church in Owasso, Oklahoma
A Unitarian and Universalist Christian Congregation affiliated with the UUA. 11330 N. Garnett Road, Owasso, OK 74055. Rev. Ron Robinson  Ph: 918-274-0105


Universalist National Memorial Church, Washington D.C.
A Liberal Christian Church associated with the UUA. Located in the heart of the city at 1810 16th St. on the corner of 16th. and "S" Streets, NW.


St. Catherine's Universal Anglican Church

3177 S. 107th Street West Allis, WI 53219 Ph: (414) 430-0888 Rev. Craig Bergland:



How the Open Door Program Works


The congregation’s governing body must formally agree to become an AUC Open Door Congregation.  Open Door Congregations agree to be open and welcoming to AUC members.


The AUC will list the congregation as an Open Door Congregation on its web site and will place a link to the congregation’s web site on the AUC web site.  The AUC will refer people who make inquiries about congregations to the congregation if they live nearby.  The AUC will notify its members that live in the area that the congregation has become an Open Door Congregation.  The AUC will note that the congregation has become an Open Door Congregation in its quarterly journal, distributed to all members.


The Open Door Congregation status is permanent until either the congregation or the AUC discontinues the status.  The AUC reserves the right to discontinue the status in the very unlikely event that the congregation is not in fact open and welcoming to AUC members or if the congregation takes actions that are inconsistent with its religious or governing principles.

AUC Congregation Exploratory Committees

The following committees are now forming AUC congregations or coordinating an exploratory committee.  If you are interested in forming a congregation in your area and will serve as a contact for others who are interested, let us know and we will add your name to the list.

Arkansas - Stone County Area - Contact Penny Burgett at

Colorado - Denver Area - Contact Darrell Waters at

Connecticut - New Haven Area - Contact Ed Stueckle at

Florida - Miami/Dade Area - Contact the Rev. Robert Dorris at

Florida - Clermont Area - Contact the Rev. Daryl Taylor-Hazel at

Illinois - Central - Contact Andrew Stephenson at

Massachusetts - Quincy/South Boston Area - Contact Alan Cousin at

Minnesota - Twin Cities Area - Contact Jay Mastrud at

Mississippi - Gulf Coast - Click on: for more information or contact Rev. F. Charles Knipp at

New York - Eastern New York Area (Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady) - Contact Charles Semowich at

New York - New York City Area - Contact Robert Degnen at

Ohio - Findlay area - Contact Jan Dwiggins at

Oklahoma - Tulsa Area - Contact George Hillman at

East Tennessee - Knoxville/Oak Ridge/Tellico Village Area - Contact the area coordinator at

Virginia - Northern VA/Washington DC area - Contact Jason Ford at

Canada - Montreal Area - Contact Robin Edgar at

Channing Fund
The Channing Fund is dedicated to the founding and growth of the American Unitarian Conference™ and its member congregations.

Governance Principles

of the AUC

1. All persons were created equal before God. The AUC shall not discriminate against anyone except on the basis of character, qualifications or merit.

2. The AUC believes that separation of church and state is an important principle. Thus the AUC will not engage in political, policy or lobbying activity and make no political, policy or lobbying declarations except in narrow instances where government is directly affecting religious practice.

3. Being an association of free churches, each member church shall have the right to call or ordain any person it so chooses to the ministry based on its own criteria. The duties and responsibilities of the clergy shall be determined by each member church. The AUC shall maintain a list of associated ordained clergy.

4. Ministers shall have the right to associate with the American Unitarian Conference by using the AUC name as part of his or her title or otherwise once called or ordained unless that right is specifically revoked by the Board of the AUC. The only grounds for revoking this right of association are actions or statements inconsistent with the statement of religious principles of the AUC or actions or statements inconsistent with the AUC governance principles.

5. A member congregation shall have the right to use the name of the American Unitarian Conference as part of its name or otherwise once chartered by the AUC unless that right is specifically revoked by the Board of the AUC. The only grounds for revoking this right of association are actions or statements inconsistent with the statement of religious principles of the AUC or actions or statements inconsistent with the AUC governance principles.

6. Whether or not a congregation employs clergy shall not affect the standing of a congregation within the AUC.

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Meadville Lombard Theological School - Educating people for effective, morally responsible Unitarian Universalist ministries and advancing liberal religious scholarship for a diverse and multicultural world community.

Starr King School for the Ministry Founded in 1904 as the Pacific Unitarian School for the Ministry, Starr King School was chartered to establish and maintain an institution for educating students for the Christian ministry, especially for Unitarian churches.

Harvard Divinity School - Founded in 1636, its mission is to educate women and men for service as leaders in religious life and thought--as ministers and teachers, and in other professions enriched by theological study. 


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