One day in the summer of 1966, a small group of people gathered deep in the woods. Shovels were wielded, ground was broken, and pictures were taken. It was the first step toward building a new church in Danvers — the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church. Today, more than 50 years later, the church is a thriving outpost of religious liberalism. But that couldn’t have been predicted in 1966. In fact, there was considerable doubt as to whether it would even survive. What had once been four churches had become three, then two, and, finally, one. Yet the new church thrived. The success of the Northshore UU Church is testament to the vision of its founders, and of its forebears in Danvers and Peabody.
Our church is both new and old. It occupies a building dedicated in 1967, yet its roots go back to 1815. Some of its woodwork extend to the 1820s. Its commitment to social justice can be traced to Abolition. Its first minister left in 1971, yet he returned to become an active member. This unique blending of tradition and progressivism is a defining characteristic of our church.
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