||Rev. Quillen Shinn first arrives in Houston.
|April 30, 1899
||Rev. Shinn stays for two weeks, leaving behind a membership list
for Unity Universalist Church.
||Rev. Shinn dies.
||Rev. Charles H. Rogers becomes the first settled minister.
|February 14, 1914
||Incorporates as First Unitarian Church of Houston
||Ladies Aid is renamed “Women’s Alliance”
||Unity House (located on Bagby/Rosalie) becomes congregation’s
||Unity House is sold
||Parcel on Southmore/Fannin purchased for $20,000; a member donates
pre-fab building for social gatherings; services held at the Warwick
||Congregation builds one-room church building
||Rev. John C. Petrie becomes minister and first Regional Director
of SW Conference
||Addition built for church school; newsletter begins
||Adult choir program begins; first member canvass
||Congregation hires architect Tom Graecen to develop plans for
lot on Fannin.
||Rev. Petrie resigns his ministry.
||Rev. Horace F. Westwood is called by the congregation.
||New building is completed.
|June 7, 1954
||First Church votes to desegregate services (the first church in
Houston to do so).
||First Church votes to approve merger of Unitarians and Universalists
||Emerson Unitarian Church opens as “spin off.”
||Second story addition built for church school
||Fire destroys electronic organ and part of sanctuary; pipe organ
||Peace Committee forms in response to Vietnam War.
||Several new groups formed: men, women, gay, youth, young adult,
||Rev. Westwood retires; jail visitation program begins.
||Rev. Webster Kitchell is called by the congregation.
||The church's first woman Board President, Jackie Cronquist, is
||Rev. Kitchell is called by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Santa Fe, New Mexico
||Rev. Robert Schaibly is called by the congregation.
||Church becomes sanctuary for Central American refugees.
||Houston Area Teen Coalition for Homosexuals (HATCH), an organization dedicated to empowering GLBTQ adolescents, founded at First Church.
||Congregation purchases grand piano; Channing Concert series develops.
||First Church becomes a Welcoming Congregation.
||Rev. Gail Lindsay Marriner is called as Associate Minister; her
role is redefined as Co-Minister
||Chalice Circles and Care Team initiated.
||Rev. Schaibly retires; Board appoints Rev. Marriner a Co-minister
with Interim Minister Rev. Bruce Bode.
||Rev. Jose Ballester is called as Team Minister.
||By mutual agreement between the ministers and the Board of Trustees,
Rev. Ballester and Rev. Marriner depart from First Church.
||Rev. Dr. David Keyes is called as Interim Senior Minister of First
||Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell is called as Senior Minister of First
||Northwest Community Unitarian Universalist Church merges with First Unitarian Universalist Church, becoming the Copperfield Campus of First UU Church.
||Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Bend County merges with First Unitarian Universalist Church, becoming the Thoreau/Stafford Campus of First UU Church.
||We vote to renew our commitment to the Welcoming Congregation Program at our Annual Meeting.