On Friday, March 2, 1990, a short advertisement appeared in the Tryon Daily Bulletin asking “Unitarians, Humanists, or other like-minded persons who would be interested in forming a Thermal Belt Fellowship” to call a local telephone number. The first meeting of of the Thermal Belt UU community was held at the home of one of the twenty attendees. The group established a format, chose officers, and agreed to conduct meetings twice a month. On June 3, the Fellowship began meeting at the Tryon Youth Center. Among its first articles of incorporation was this statement: “The Fellowship is bound by the common purpose of human betterment through the never-ending search for truth. In accordance with advancing knowledge and the growing vision of humankind, the Fellowship is committed to freedom of belief. Unified in spirit, the Fellowship holds a diversity of convictions. We believe in the importance of religious community that recognizes the worth and dignity of each human being”
The congregation has had consulting minister since 2000 who conducts services and is available for pastoral needs.
Previous Consulting Ministers who have served TBUUF:
2013-15 Rev. SB Shore
2007-2013 Rev. Jean Rowe
2002-2006 Rev. Dr. Maureen Kiloran
2001-2002 Rev. Meg Barnhouse
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