During the summer of 2011, our founder, Ian, expressed to his friend, Chris, the desire to form our own local UU group and Chris said 'Go for it!' so Ian threw himself into the task. Along with Ian's wife Nadia, Chris’s wife Karen and Ian's long-time friend George, we had five adults, which was enough to get started. Through the summer we took the initial steps. Ian researched the UUA web site to see how to start a Unitarian Universalist congregation and contacted Connie Goodbread, our UU district executive. As a group we worked through development exercises and made plans for our emerging congregation.
By the beginning of September the Camden Area Unitarian Universalists were ready for their first service. On September 11, 2011, we celebrated our friendship and honored those who had died so tragically 10 years before. In the following months we met regularly at congregants' homes on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Ian prepared the services, downloading sermons from the web site of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the UU e-congregation. We had special, not recorded, sermons for Flower and Water Communion and Mothers' Day. Ian delivered the sermons for both the Flower and Water Communion services and Nadia delivered the sermon for Mothers' Day.
Along the way we gained two wonderful congregants, Dorothy and Paul, bringing our number to seven adults. We then kicked off our web site and each pledged money to the church's general fund for congregational expenses. Later in 2012, we were joined by two snowbirds from Florida, Terry and his wife Karin, and even more recently we added another two married couples, Beth and Darren, and Jane and Paul, all of whom have brought additional breadth and depth to our congregation. So far, we've had trouble convincing the children of our congregants that attending our services would be worth their time!
10-11 AM 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month
11-12 Coffee Hour
6:30 - 8 PM Fridays before the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
30-45 minute meditation followed or separated by spiritual readings
Held at congregants' homes, once per month on Saturdays throughout the non-winter months. Usually start at 5 PM.