Unitarian Universalist Society is a direct descendant of the
First Universalist Society of Danbury, Connecticut that was
organized in 1822. There has been an active Unitarian Universalist
presence in Northern Fairfield County since that time. We’re
the second oldest UU Society in the Metropolitan New York
1960, one year prior to the merger of the Unitarian and the
Universalist denomoinations, the Danbury Universalist society
changed its name to First Universalist-Unitarian Church of
Danbury. The Unitarian Fellowship of Ridgefield held its first
service at the Ridgefield, CT Community Center in June, 1964.
June and George Volckhausen--names you will hear mentioned
reverently amongst our members--provided the driving energy
for the founding of the group. In 1966 the First Universalist-Unitarian
Church of Danbury merged with The Unitarian Fellowship of
Ridgefield to create the Unitarian Universalist Society of
Northern Fairfield County. The Rev. Ralph C. Bailey was the
first minister of the newly named Society, serving through
1970, when the Society moved to West Redding, Connecticut.
12 years of lay leadership, the Society entered the Extension
Ministry Program of the Unitarian Universalist Association,
calling Rev. Stephen H. Furrer in early 1983. Since then we
have had Rev. Barbara Pescan as our third Minister, and Rev.
Dr. Daniel Simer O’Connell as our fourth Minister, with several
interim Ministers to see us through our transitions. Currently,
our Interim Minister is Rev. Shirley Ranck.
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