UUCLC is an inclusive non-creedal fellowship that works for a just community and fosters a lifelong search for personal spiritual fulfillment.
Vision and Goals for Our New Spiritual Home
Our new home embodies the values, purpose and place in the greater community of the UUCLC. It invites and welcomes all who work for a just community and who are searching for personal spiritual fulfillment. We value lifelong learning, freedom of belief, caring fellowship, spiritually meaningful services, and engaged social action. Our new home is respectful of the land with a strong connection to nature, full of natural light and fresh air. To the extent possible, a green, sustainable, energy-efficient, low maintenance building—a model for the community. We have created a home that allows for flexibility and growth and is universally accessible. We see it as being simple, but well done, aesthetically pleasing, and of a timeless quality.
It is a warm, inviting, and welcoming space. We will make every effort to make it multigenerationally attractive and useful. There will be outside areas for gatherings, gardens, meditation, and play. Most importantly, we are building a home that allows us to provide fully for the programs that are our reason for being. This home includes space for religious education and social issue programs that inspire curiosity and lifelong learning and service for both young people and adults. It is a living space—not just on Sundays, but throughout the week, and will be an asset not only to our own congregation, but also to the greater community.
In 1989, several families living in Lake County met to discuss the possibility of forming a fellowship. They had been meeting on Sundays at Capt. Appleby’s restaurant as the “Far Out Unitarians,” an offshoot of the Orlando UU Church.
It took 5 years for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County to officially join with the Unitarian Universalist Association. In the years since, we have grown to over 100 members and friends. This is an exciting time for UUCLC.
A Tribute to Ruth Gray
She was a woman lawyer from New Jersey – one of the first and one the first to have her own law firm. You could not miss her. Outspoken and really, really smart, from day one when you visited this congregation, you would notice her. There was nothing she did not have an opinion about. She was UU to her core. One of the strongest components of her UU faith was social justice. For her, that meant immersion in her community. She worked for environmental protection; she worked for women’s rights, and she worked for population control. She was a crusader for women’s rights, and an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood. Being informed was a part of her UU life. Her TV was frequently on C Span. When the PBS news hour was broadcast, she often refused to take phone calls.
She loved life, and she loved the UU life and was not shy about telling others about it. She believed in the potential of the congregation. Her great desire was that we build a strong congregation housed in our own spiritual home and, in the end, she gave everything she could to make that happen. Since her death in 2012, we have been trying to see that desire fulfilled.
We have taken our time, which is as it should be and we have now built our new congregational home which officially opened in 2017. We think Ruth would be pleased.