At A Glance

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Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church of Hayward was founded in 1954. Our founders left their previous Unitarian church because its leaders signed a McCarthy era loyalty statement to which they objected. We continue in their tradition of activism and liberalism.

Our church began as a do-it-yourself operation. After a few years, the founders purchased the grounds of a lovely old plant nursery beside a creek (our present location) and built a bare bones sanctuary. It took them 8 years to hire their first professional minister, partly because they enjoyed what they were doing so much. Since then, the church has grown into maturity, with responsible business practices and much nicer facilities, but never lost its welcoming, experimental nature.

After 15 years with us, our most recent settled minister decided to move on in 2014. We profited and enjoyed the last two years under the gentle leadership of an experienced interim minister, the Rev. Joy Atkinson. The Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa began serving as our minister in September 2016, and has brought new energy, emotion, and goals.

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