In The Beginning…
The First Unitarian Church of Roanoke was formed February 28, 1914. It existed for 14 years, but then disbanded when its minister retired. Unitarianism did not return to the valley until 1954 when the Unitarian Association sent a speaker to explore the possibility of establishing a fellowship here. The first meetings were held at the Patrick Henry Hotel. The group later moved to the YWCA and continue to meet there for several years.
In 1959, the nine-family congregation rented (and later purchased) a small country church on the outskirts of town. Built in 1854, the building was white brick and clapboard outside, with an intimate sanctuary. An addition built in 1968-69 was used as a fellowship hall and Genesis Art Gallery.
In 1984, the congregation purchased the current building on Grandin Road to accommodate a growing membership. In 2017, the building was updated with state-of-the-art technology. Many physical improvements were made, as well.
Who We Are
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke has been a center of progressive faith in the Roanoke Valley for over 50 years. We are a congregation that believes church can be thoughtful, creative, fun, and even irreverent at times. The members of this church strive to practice their faith by being a force for good in the world.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (UUCR) is a growing congregation of about 140 adult members and 30 children. Most of our members live in the Roanoke |Salem | Vinton areas. We are a diverse group representing different age groups, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and sexual orientation. Singles, couples, and families alike have found a place where they can share common values and interests and find lifelong friendships.
As a congregation, we’re devoted to building an inclusive, passionate, spiritually healthy community of people who put their faith in action. We’re committed to engaging and connecting with one another and others, believing that together we can make the difference in people’s lives. Through joining in worship, fellowship, and acts of service, we strive to make beauty, justice, hope, and love known in the Roanoke Valley and beyond.
Our congregation is open and welcoming to anyone wishing for a safe place to explore their spirituality at their own pace.