History of the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society
Founded in 1962 by 40 Shoreline residents, meetings of the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society were first held in the historic Griswold House in Guilford, Connecticut. Soon after, in 1968, the expanding group purchased our present church home in the neighboring town of Madison, Connecticut. Our services were initially held in the living room of the house, while the present meeting room and the multi-use coffee room downstairs were added in 1985.
With increased enrollment in the religious education program, additional expansion at Shoreline Unitarian took place in the mid 1990’s. The former kitchen and library were converted into a classroom and an office for the Minister, and the kitchen in the downstairs coffee room was modernized. The original living room, where our services were first held, is now used as a meeting room and as a chapel for the Church School.
The Douglas A. Farmer, Jr. Memorial Garden, a repository for the cremation remains of former SUUS members and family members as well as a place of contemplation, was constructed and dedicated in 1997.
The congregation’s first part time minister, the Rev. Mounir Sa’Adah, was called in 1964. He was followed by the Rev. Phillip Robinson, the Rev. Kathleen (“Katy”) Korb, the Rev. Charles Herrick, the Rev. Ellen Johnson-Fay, the Rev. David Nelson (Interim), the Rev. Robert Swain, the Rev. Judy Osgood (Interim) and in 2001, the Rev. Kim Wilson. Our first full-time minister was the Rev. Claudia Elferdink who retired in 2014. SUUS was then served by Interim Minister, Rev. Lyn Oglesby, until our members called the Rev. Jeanne Lloyd in the fall of 2016.
Our active, vibrant, and diverse congregation continues to grow and our staff now includes a part time Director or Religious Education, Church Administrator, and a Vocal Music Leader.