History of our Fellowship
The Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (LUUF) was founded in 2000 to provide a home for liberal spiritual seekers in the Manitowoc county area. We are an emerging congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), which is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Our services are held every Sunday morning with concurrent nursery care for children age 4 and under and children's enrichment service provided for children age 4 and above.
For years, Shirley Goeters, one of our Fellowship's founders, dreamed of having a UU Congregation in Manitowoc County. She, like several of our original members, was driving to Appleton, Wisconsin every Sunday for service at the Fox Valley UU Fellowship.
The first informal gathering of our Fellowship occured in August 2000. In 2002, we officially became the Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (LUUF) and we moved into our first "real home" - the upstairs hall in the Washington House Historic Musem in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
After a year at that location, the Fellowship increased in friends, supporters and members, so we were ready for a place of our own.
In April 2003 with an official membership of 15 people, as well as friends who regularly participated in Sunday Service, we moved into a rental location at what is known as "Holy Hill" on north 8th street in Manitowoc. In this location, with signage and visabily, the Fellowship grew in membership and service participation. It was decided it was time to look for a home all our own and a search committee was formed.
In September 2009, we moved into and dedicated our present location at 620 Park Street, Manitowoc, the former home of the Christian Science Church. We have extensively renovated our spiritual space, adding a kitchen, second floor bathroom, lift and carpeting throughout the building. Our meditation garden was created in 2013, and continues to be a work in progress, as well as continued upkeep of our Historic building that has become our spiritual home.
We are a lay-led community, in which members and freinds organize and lead services, provide religious education, determine our mission and long-term goals, and lend leadership and assistance to every aspect of the Fellowship. Although our long-term plan may include full-time ministerial and religious education professionals, the Fellowship will always rely in large part on our talented and comitted members and friends.
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