Early Columbine UU Church
Founding what became Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church (CUUC) was initially an idea of First Universalist Church. To commemorate their 100th birthday in 1991, they decided they wanted to make Unitarian Universalism more accessible in the southwest metro area. So they formed a committee with two other Denver area UU churches, Jefferson Unitarian Church and First Unitarian Church, and in 1992 the new church became a reality. CUUC began with about a dozen people, meeting every other Sunday evening in a YMCA building at Coal Mine Avenue and Webster Street in Jefferson County. In addition to Sunday worship we also started providing religious education for both children and adults at the same time.
Within a few months we found a building to lease just up the road on Coal Mine Avenue, starting services there in September, 1992, with about 60 adult members and almost as many children. The building wasn’t much, having been built as the basement for a much bigger building before being abandoned, but we called it “The Bunker” and settled in. Our religious education program continued to grow, our membership continued to expand, and we added social and social action activities to our programs. Our youth participated with other UU youth in District events; our minister, Joel Miller, participated with other ministers in the area in conferences and learning activities; and our adults participated in several charitable activities supporting those less fortunate in our community. We earned the name “The Little Church That Could” from what was then called Interfaith Task Force, and is now Integrated Family Community Services, still a major recipient of our outreach. We were busy, active and growing as a congregation.
In fact, we grew so much that in November, 1997, we purchased and moved into an even bigger location, the one we are in now. At our current location, after doing some remodeling, we have several religious education rooms, a good sized sanctuary, offices for both the minister and the office administrator and a fully functioning kitchen.
We have continued to improve and expand all of our programs in the over 20 years since that move. We have regular religious education (now called faith development) classes for all, from pre-kindergarten through high school as well as periodic adult education classes. We also have a number of social opportunities for adults and families including all-church events and small group events. We have greatly expanded our social action activities in several directions: supporting equality measures for women, racial minorities, GLBTQ people and the economically disadvantaged: working with other churches of various denominations for immigration and gun violence reform: and donating our entire Sunday morning collection once a month to a local organization performing community outreach work.
Our thriving and vibrant congregation is now envisioning a new home, either expanding our current facility or moving to a new one so that we will have the space to grow and carry out our mission