UUCR started in 1956 as a committed group of Rockville friends and neighbors, and by the mid-1960s it had grown into a thriving mid-size congregation. Though its size and its harmony have waxed and waned through many changes and challenges over the decades, today’s UUCR remains, at heart, a congregation of friends and neighbors building a religious and ethical community.
Community and Service
Like good neighbors anywhere, we have always been stewards of our community. In the 1960s our members were Rockville mayors and council members. We have a long tradition of active involvement helping to care for the homeless, poor, and underserved in Montgomery County through shelter programs, housing initiatives, and community action.
UUCR has been on the front lines of social change throughout its history. Our members have marched for civil rights in Selma, Alabama, and raised our voices against unjust wars and economic inequality. We have stood together on the Mall in Washington, and on the steps of the statehouse and Supreme Court in support of marriage equality. We support political action to address racism, discrimination, violence, immigration, prison reform, the death penalty, and reproductive rights.
We also have been constant stewards of our planet. Our buildings, the oldest of which were built in 1964, suit our location on the edge of Rockville’s Welsh Park. Our new sanctuary, dedicated in 2006, uses forest-friendly recycled materials in combination with a panoramic view of the surrounding forest and gardens to remind us of our place in the world.
We are a Welcoming and Teaching Congregation
It is our intention to welcome all who cross our threshold. We take pride in our tradition of openness to seekers from all faith traditions who bless us with their presence. Children, youth, and elders have always held an honored place among us. We have also provided a safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community since the 1970s and have been a Welcoming Congregation since 1998. In 2013 we studied and discussed the new Welcoming Congregation II curriculum. We also host the Rainbow Youth Alliance for LGBTQ teens.
Since 2007 we have been a teaching congregation. We provide intern ministers an opportunity to learn how to translate their seminary education into effective congregational leadership. The interns, in turn, have blessed us with their presence, their words, and their leadership.