UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF MINNETONKA

CHURCH HISTORY

UUCM MISSION STATEMENT

"In a spirit of wonder and with courageous love, we connect, grow, and act."

2030 Wayzata Blvd East, Wayzata, Minnesota 55391  | Tel. 952.473.5900 | Contact

Piety Hill where the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka is located, has been home to a place of worship in Wayzata since it's founding. UUCM has been the faithful steward of this historically important site in Wayzata since 1965.  At that time,  the fifty members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM) voted to purchase the historic church building at 605 Rice Street in Wayzata.  The congregation has been a faithful steward of this historically important site in Wayzata since that time.

1960:   “Amity Fellowship” is founded and begins meeting at the Burwell School in Minnetonka.
1965:   The fifty members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM) vote to purchase the historic church building at 605 Rice Street in Wayzata.
1966:  UUCM called our first Minister, Rev. Robert Brownlie.
1979:  Help form Interfaith and Outreach Community Partners (IOCP) in conjunction with other area churches.
1992:  UUCM Welcomed Tibetan Refugees.
2000:  UUCM has close to 200 members and the building has become cramped and no longer meets UUCM’s needs. Physical expansion is not feasible at 605 Rice Street.
2002:  UUCM was officially recognized as a “Welcoming Congregation” by the Unitarian Universalist Association for the LGBT community.
2007:  UUCM called our current Minister, Reverend Kent Hemmen Salesksa.
2013:  UUCM members and friends were very active in supporting the same-sex marriage act to become fully legal in the State of Minnesota
2016:  Ground breaking for the new church building at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata took place in July.
2017:  On June 4th the congregation celebrated it's final service at 605 Rice Street.  The congregation moved to 2030 with a pilgrimage to the new church building.


In June 2016 UUCM joined the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board and the Wayzata Historical Society in celebrating the 100th birthday of the building. Church members and local preservationists are hoping to find a buyer of the current building who will preserve the historic structure.