UU Santa Fe has been a liberal religious community in the city of Santa Fe since 1952 when the Santa Fe Fellowship was formed with ten members. After meeting in homes and rented spaces for 16 years the community was stable enough to purchase the Fellowship House. By 1979 the community had outgrown that space and they purchased the existing building on Barcelona Road. They called their first minister, Dr. Webb Kitchell, in 1981 and expanded the building in 1990.
When Rev. Kitchell retired in 1998, UU Santa Fe had an active membership and a very modest religious education program. There were two Sunday services, along with a forum lecture/discussion group and a modest program for children and youth. Alice Springer, a professional director of religious education, was brought on in August 1999 to build a stronger program for families with children.
Rev. Stephen Furrer, our second settled minister, arrived about a year later in September 2000, and quickly established himself as an able preacher and pastor. Attendance once again began to grow. The Faith Development program took off under Alice Springer’s direction.
In April 2011 the congregation joyfully voted to call our third settled minister, Rev. Gail Lindsay Marriner, who leads our community of ~230 current members and ~100 friends. Steven Mead, Lifespan Religious Educator, joined our staff in July 2017 to assist UU Santa Fe in transitioning from the retirement of our long-time religious educator, Alice Springer. Steven continues to serve UU Santa Fe, providing Program Ministry support through June 2022.
UU Santa Fe is a Welcoming Congregation that embraces all who come with open minds and kind hearts. We value the richness which diversity brings to our community, including differences in age, ethnicity, race, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental capacities, and political outlooks. Our community includes people from various religious and secular traditions―people who believe in a deity of some description, people who don’t and people who simply embrace mystery. Many of us resist labels of any kind, knowing only that we are comfortable in the company of fellow travelers on a shared journey toward more meaningful lives. We invite you to add your unique outlooks and skills to our community. We offer a wide variety of programs and activities to which you are warmly invited.
UU Santa Fe is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We are in the Pacific Western Region.
There are a number of initiatives which are part of UU Santa Fe's identity: