About Unitarian Universalism and the Piedmont UU Church
ABOUT THE PIEDMONT UU CHURCH
A religious community gathered in love, the Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church nurtures the spirit, cherishes diversity, and cultivates justice.
•We encourage and support individual freedom of religious beliefs for all.
•We share in a loving ministry each for the other; and thereby provide for our emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.
•We are dedicated to providing religious education for our children which will enhance the positive worth of each child.
•We will strive toward social responsibility with the purpose of strengthening an individual commitment to self,
congregation and community.
•We will seek the truth to enlighten and acknowledge human accomplishments and possibilities.
• Piedmont UU Church began as an extension of the Unitarian Church of Charlotte, and was specifically intended to serve the University area. The first public service was held on January 17, 1988.
• Piedmont UU Church met for four years at the Old Courthouse Theater in downtown Concord. The minister for three of these four years was Rev. Elizabeth McMaster, who was trained by the UUA to assist developing congregations.
• In 1992, after a year without a minister, the congregation called Rev. Wyman Rousseau to be Piedmont UU Church’s new minister. In 1992, the congregation also moved to Harrisburg, close to the University area.
• In 1994, the congregation moved to the University Child Development Center and voted to accept a long-range plan to purchase five acres of land upon which to build a church.
• In 1995, the church was chosen for the second time to be the recipient of a Chalice Lighter grant, funds of which were used towards the purchase of the land. Also in 1995, church membership grew to 100 members.
• In 1997, groundbreaking began at the new site.
• On March 1, 1998, the first service was held in the new permanent church home on Mallard Creek Road.
• On September 20, 1998 the official dedication service was held for Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church.
• Rev. Wyman Rousseau retired in 2007. Rev. Karen Matteson served as interim minister for 2 years.
• In 2010, the congregation called Rev. Robin Tanner as the new Minister.
• In 2012, Piedmont UU Church expanded by forming a gathering in Salisbury, NC.
• In 2013, the congregation welcomed Rev. Justin Martin as the new Minister of Education and Care. Rev. Tanner became the lead minister.
• In 2016, the congregation welcomed Rev. Mary Frances Comer as the new Minister of Congregational Care. Rev. Justin became the Salisbury Gathering Minister.
• In 2017, the congregation welcomed Rev. Leland Bond-Upson, Interim Minister
• In 2018, Rev. Mary Frances Comer transitioned to the Lead Minister role, and the congregation welcomed Rev. Amy Brooks as the Minister of Education and Outreach.
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of the Jewish and Christian traditions. We keep our minds open to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places.
We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion. In the end, religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We put religious insights to the test of our hearts and minds.
We uphold the free search for truth. We will not be bound by a statement of belief. We do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. We say ours is a non-creedal religion. Ours is a free faith.
We believe that religious wisdom is ever-changing. Human understanding of life and death, the world and its mysteries, is never final. Revelation is continuous. We celebrate unfolding truths known to teachers, prophets, and sages throughout the ages.
We affirm the worth of all women and men. We believe that people should be encouraged to think for themselves. We know that people differ in their opinions and lifestyles and we believe that these differences should generally be honored.
We see to that as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. We are deeply concerned with the here and now and the effects that our actions will have on future generations. We know that our relationships with one another, with other people’s, races, and nations, should be governed by justice, equity, and compassion.