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Our Roots


Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship had its beginning on a snowy afternoon when eighteen adults gathered in response to a newspaper ad.  Two months later the Fellowship was admitted to membership in the Unitarian Universalist Association, with twenty-four charter members.



Arthur Vaeni, a Harvard Divinity Student, became our part-time minister.  The Reverend Vaeni was ordained in 1987, and in 1989 he became our full-time minster, serving until June 2001.

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The Fellowship’s eighty-three members celebrated the groundbreaking for a new building which was proudly dedicated in November of that year.  Members provided considerable “sweat equity” over the next few years as the finish work proceeded.



The Reverend Sarah C. Stewart became the second minister of Starr King Fellowship in 2003, serving until 2014.  Continued growth through Rev. Stewart’s ministry prompted a large addition to the Fellowship meeting house in 2010, and new young families and children to our Fellowship.

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Starr King Fellowship was  served by  interim minister, the Reverend Judith Smith-Valley, ably assisting our transition process.



It was with great joy that  the members of the Fellowship voted unanimously in May 2016 to call the Reverend Dr. Linda Barnes as our  new Minister.   Linda received a Ph.D in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in 1994 and has taught at the college level for many years.

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