Our Mission

 

"With open hearts, open arms and open minds,
we seek to make meaning, make connections and make a difference.
"

UUCBV mission statement

 

Our Vision

The members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brazos Valley know and value ourselves, and are valued throughout the Brazos Valley for:

  • Our love, warmth and compassion, celebrating life’s joys and offering comfort for its sorrows

  • Our inclusive hospitality, offering hope and affirmation for all people

  • Our inquiring faith, explored with respect for many paths and sources of religious inspiration

 

In this spirit we, as a community of faith, seek to:

  • Make Meaning as an ever deepening spiritual community engaging with all we find sacred

  • Make Connections within our congregation, across generations, and out to the wider community, across differences of all kinds

  • Make a Difference in empowering every person, young and old, to serve others in daily acts great and small, and to sustain the world and make it whole

Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalist Beliefs

Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a liberal religion characterized by a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning". Unitarian Universalists assert no creed, but instead are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth. As such, their congregations include many atheists, agnostics, and theists within their membership. Congregations and members seek inspiration and derive insight from all major world religions.

From the historical affirmation of the unity of God (Unitarian) to the universal salvation of all souls (Universalists), Unitarian Universalist beliefs have expanded to the broader concept of a unity in diversity which affirms the supreme worth of all persons, held together through love and a spark of divinity that resides in us all. Bound neither by creed nor dogma, our community honors and celebrates the right of individual thought, joins in shared concerns, and respects the ever-present need to deepen our understanding of the awe and wonder of life.

UU Covenant

Unlike many denominations, Unitarian Universalist (UU) churches have a long history as a creedless church.  What holds our church together is not a creed, but a covenant.  Unlike a creedal statement that lists a set of beliefs, a covenant lists the set of promises of how we freely agree to be together in a welcoming and loving community.

The beliefs of individual Unitarian Universalists range widely, including atheism, agnosticism, pantheism, deism, Judaism, Islam,  neopaganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Humanism, Christianity and many more.

Caring Team

Need a friendly visit? A listening ear?  Rides?

A casserole or three?  Contact the Caring Team.

 

Eleanor Ford, Lead 

979-774-0271

Sharon Boston  

979-693-6733

Carolyn Clark 

979-823-0676

Lucy Deckard

979-595-4916

 

Gary Hart  

979-764-7866

 

Nancy Granovsky 

979-255-7236

 

Ron Ross 

979-575-9072

Katie Womack

979-218-0867

Rev. Donna Renfro

979-696-5285 (Office)

732-513-8867 (Cell)

A Welcoming Congregation

 

We are a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means we affirm and include people of all backgrounds and walks of life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people and respecting them wherever they are on life's Journey.

As a Welcoming Congregation we have pledged to:

  • Honor the lives of all people and equally affirm displays of caring and affection regardless of sexual orientation, race, age, ability, or belief.

  • Celebrate diversity by using inclusive language and content in worship.

  • Promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. 

  • Incorporate an understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender, and queer persons throughout all of our programs, including religious education, as we affirm, celebrate, and advocate LGBTQ issues and history.

Our History

A Brief Unitarian Universalist History

Unitarianism goes back several centuries to origins in 1658 Transylvania, along with England and Poland, and Unitarians trace their roots in the United States to early Massachusetts settlers and the founders of the republic.

Universalism originated in 1793, largely through the efforts of John Murray and Hosea Ballou. Their prominent principle was the belief in universal salvation and a rejection of hell as a destiny for human spirits. Even in their earliest days, Universalists were openly associated with women's rights, the integration of freedom into American society, fair labor arrangements, temperance, non-sectarian education, the humane treatment of children and animals, and penal and political reform. 

 

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was formed in 1961 through the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association, established in 1825, and the Universalist Church of America, established in 1793. The UUA is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and serves churches mostly in the United States.

UUCBV Roots

UUCBV has its roots in Texas A&M’s Department of Oceanography and Meteorology.  As Unitarians, Billy and Betty Thomas and Richard and Georgine Tarble, presented their idea of forming a Unitarian fellowship to other members of the department. In 1956, the Unitarian Fellowship of College Station was formally organized as the 200th fellowship of the American Unitarian Association, originally meeting at the campus YMCA, or in each other's homes. In 1964 the group was officially incorporated by the State of Texas after having recently moved into a church property built in 1956 located at 305 Old Highway 6, now known as Wellborn Road. Our congregation has been involved in the local community for many decades, including the time we sponsored and helped found our community's first desegregated nursery school and kindergarten. 

Our Staff

Board of Trustees

 

Since the very beginning of our congregation, we have relied on committed Unitarian Universalists to lead our congregation forward. The Secretary, Treasurer, and At-Large Board Members serve two-year terms, and The President serves a three year term (one year as President-Elect, one year as President, and one year as the Past-President). We are grateful for their service to our congregation.

The Board meets almost always on the second Tuesday of the month, from 6:30-8:30. Meetings are open to all members.

 

President

Jerry Wagnon

jerrywagnon77830@yahoo.com

 

President Elect

Harriet Smith

harriet@deancode.com

 

Past President

Katie Womack

kwomack@tamu.edu

 

Secretary

Carolyn Clark

cclark@tamu.edu

 

Treasurer

Deb Wilson

dfwilson9553@gmail.com

 

At-Large Trustees

Nancy Granovsky

nancygranovsky@hotmail.com

 

Eleanor Ford

caepford@verizon.net

 

Rob McGeachin

r-mcgeachin@library.tamu.edu

 

Alice Scott

ascottrealtor@sbcglobal.net 

Minister (ex-officio)
Rev. Donna Renfro

Music & Choir

Artist in Residence Joe Daigle

The choir provides special music for worship services approximately one Sunday per month. The door is always open for potential new choir members!

 

It is not necessary to be able to read music. You only need to love to sing, match pitch, and are open to a variety of musical experiences.  Please contact the Artist in Residence Joe Daigle if you are interested in joining, rehearsal information, contributing your own musical talents or questions.

UUCBV

800 George Bush Drive

College Station, Texas 77840

Mailing Address:

PO Box 12372 College Station, TX 77842

Email:
admin@brazos-uu.org

Phone: 

979-696-5285

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Meet Our Minister

 

Rev. Donna Renfro began serving UUCBV in September 2018, with an extensive background in directing religious education and a passion for equality, Rev. Donna is a calming and inspiring presence for people of all walks of life.

minister@brazos-uu.org

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