In the early 1980’s, the Joseph Priestly District formed a committee to explore areas in greater Baltimore for a new Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation. After finding a location in the Northwest section of Baltimore County and Carroll County, they placed an ad for members. The new congregation was named Unitarian Universalists of Northwest Baltimore and 25 founding members singed the membership book on October 20, 1985. After meeting in various locations in the Reisterstown/Glyndon area, the congregation knew it was time to look for a permanent home.
In 1994, two members found the perfect building for the congregation in Finksburg, MD. After pouring a lot of hard work and dedication into renovating the building, it was officially purchased in 1997. The new location required a new name, and after much discussion, the congregation was renamed Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists (CUU).
CUU honors past and present ministerial leadership and appreciates the time and effort each minister has given to the congregation. CUU’s first settled minister was Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila in 2001. He faithfully served the congregation until 2012. After a three year search for another settled minister, Rev. Amy Williams Clark joined the congregation in 2015. She is currently serving the congregation and brings with her expertise in business, social justice, and a love for Unitarian Universalism.
For a detailed timeline of CUU’s history, click here.