SLO Unitarian Universalists Celebrate New Minister and Building

The Rev. Rod Richards will be installed as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County on Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the congregation’s new church, located at 2201 Lawton Ave. in San Luis Obispo. The church building will be formally dedicated in this ceremony, as well.

“The excitement here is palpable,” said Rev. Richards. “With a new building and a new minister, this congregation is eager to claim its identity as an active force for compassion within this community and to provide a genuine welcome to all who are seeking a liberal religious community.  I feel honored and privileged to have been called as minister here and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

The 190-member congregation selected The Rev. Richards to lead it earlier this year. The 52-year-old minister relocated from Arizona where he served nine years as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Southeastern Arizona in Sierra Vista. He is a graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

Main speaker at the ceremony will be The Rev. Wendy Williams, senior minister at Jefferson United Church in Golden, Colo. Music written specifically for this occasion by James Riccardo, concertmaster for the Symphony of the Vines, will have its premier at the ceremony. “An Anthem of Hospitality” features two violins, piano, solo soprano and choir.

Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call the Fellowship at 805-439-0188 or visit