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 a religious community that recognizes the worth and dignity of each human being”
The congregation has had a 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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