The Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon is a congregation of welcoming, diverse, open-minded people, committed to the search for truth and serving the community around us.
It was organized as the Church of the Unity in 1866 by Unitarians who desired a liberal religious community.
Over the years, its philosophy has been to actively seek exposure to as many differing ideas, concepts, and hypotheses as possible, and to provide an atmosphere for examining spiritual questions and individuality. The congregation has evolved through numerous paths, from traditional Unitarianism to humanism. We were officially recognized as a Welcoming Congregation (for LGBTQI persons) by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2016.
In 2018, UUCW moved to an Earth-centered focus, in accordance with the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism:
“Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
and the Sixth Source of universal wisdom embraced by Unitarian Universalists:
“Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”
The UUCW is administered by a Governing Board which meets once per month (See the Calendar on this website). The church Annual Meeting is held in June and is open to all church members. If you would like to speak with the Governing Board at one of their meetings, email Rev. Arthen at iarthen [at] inannaarthen.com. If you’d like to learn more about what we do, join us for a Sacred Circle Meeting on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Reverend Inanna Arthen, M.Div
2018-2019 Governing Board
David Faucher, Chair
Jill Nicholson Sackett
Rev. Inanna Arthen, Clerk