Answered By: Gloria Korsman
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By state and city.

The dates are the best I can find in printed records.

In the 4th column the term “federated” comes from the Universalist Directory and Handbook for 1959-1960 and generally means they were paying assessments to both the AUA and the UCA (but you will note some who claim this are not listed in the Unitarian directories). The word “merged” also comes from the Universalist directory, but most of the “federated” congregations are a result of mergers. Several fellowships/congregations founded in the 1950s seem to have been joint ventures (the one in Fresno I have verified). The churches listed under Boston and Plymouth MA were merged de facto (probably financial reasons kept their legal organizations separate).

Sources: Besides the Universalist Directory, I consulted the Unitarian Yearbooks for 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60 and Weis, Frederick Lewis, 1895-1966, comp. List of the Unitarian Churches and their Ministers in the United States and Canada (photocopy updated in the late 1950s).

 

CA

Fresno (Liberal Church)

1954

federated -- joint U & U organization

CA

Riverside (UU Church)

1957?

federated

CA

San Jose (1st Unit.)

?

federated

CA

Van Nuys (Valley UU Church)

1957?

federated-- joint U & U organization?

CA

Ventura

1958

federated-- joint U & U organization?

CT

New London (All Souls)

1943

federated

FL

St. Petersburg (United Liberal)

1927

federated

FL

West Palm Beach (1st Unit.)

1954

federated-- joint U & U organization?

GA

Athens (UU Fellowship)

1954

listed in Univ. directory but not in Unit.

GA

Atlanta (United Liberal)

1954

federated – complicated history

IL

DuPage Valley Church

1958

federated

IL

Urbana

1958?

federated

IN

Kokomo

1956

joint U & U organization?

IN

Terre Haute

1955

joint U & U organization?

ME

Saco (Unit.) & Biddeford (Unit.)

 

they had “a working agreement”

ME

Waterville

1930s or 40s?

listed in Univ. directory but not in Unit.

MA

Boston

1935

2nd Univ. Society “worships with” Arlington St. Church

MA

Braintree (All Souls)

1900

founded jointly as a new church replacing dead/dying churches in the area 

MA

Brockton

1952

federated

MA

Danvers

1924

merged

MA

Fitchburg

1943

federated

MA

Haverhill

1950

federated

MA

Lawrence (Good Shepherd)

1956

merged

MA

Peabody (Park St.)

1948

federated

MA

Springfield (Unity)

1928

federated

MA

Plymouth

?

Univ. Society “worships with” 1st Church

MA

Waltham (1st Parish)

1958

federated/merged

MA

Yarmouthport

1934

federated

MI

Detroit (Our Father)

1934

federated

MI

Detroit (Northwest)

1953

joint U & U organization?

MI

Lansing

1957

federated

NH

Manchester

1953?

federated

NH

Nashua

1957

federated

NH

Portsmouth

1945

federated

NY

Amherst

1957

federated

NY

Buffalo

1953

federated

NY

East Aurora

1955

joint U & U organization?

NY

Utica

1926

federated

OH

Cleveland

1932

federated

VT

Brattleboro

1922

federated

WI

Mukwonago (United)

?

federated - listed in Univ. directory but never in Unit.

WI

Racine (Good Shepherd)

?

listed in Univ. directory but never in Unit.

The first attempt at a jointly supported congregation was in Richmond VA from 1830 to 1863.

Another congregation usually cited as being Unitarian and Universalist is Unity Church in Oak Park IL. Although the congregation was originally made up with both, it is never listed in the Unitarian directories.

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