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The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston is one church in two locations. The Museum District location has been a beacon of liberal religion since 1914 in the most populous city in the southern United States. Our second campus, Thoreau, has been spreading our message in Fort Bend County since the mid-1990s.

We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Our congregation is affiliated with other Unitarian Universalist (UU) churches around Greater Houston and the world. As people focused on creating what Dr. King called ‘the beloved community,’ we offer our skills, talents and experience to build a more loving, just and peaceful world today.  

While aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good, we are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, as well as gender identity and sexual orientation. We encourage members to nurture their spiritual lives with intentionality and pursue the beliefs that most resonate with each of them; we encourage members to think for themselves and ask the difficult questions; we know we need not think alike to love alike.

Our faith tradition is older than many realize. Across the globe, our legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. In North America, both Unitarians and Universalists can trace their roots to the early Massachusetts settlers and the Framers of the Constitution. Those two liberal Christian groups joined to become the UUA in 1961. Today, Unitarian Universalists include people of many beliefs who share UU values of peace, love, and understanding.

Find out more about us on the UUA website:

  • Beliefs & Principles - our seven Principles, six Sources and common belief questions
  • Who We Are - our history, symbols, backgrounds and stories
  • Religious Practices - what Unitarian Universalists do on Sunday and every day, including holidays and rites of passage
  • Get Involved - find out how to connect with Unitarian Universalism, no matter where you are
If you have more questions, email info@firstuu.org

MINISTERS & STAFF

Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

Senior Minister

The Reverend Dr. Colin Bossen is an award-winning preacher, scholar, and
social justice organizer. He joined First UU Church of Houston, in August 2018 as Interim Senior Minister and, in August 2020, will be transitioning to the congregation’s Developmental Senior Minister. He has a PhD in American Studies from Harvard University, a Masters in History, also from Harvard, and a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School (affiliated with the University of Chicago). The co-author of two religious education curriculum and the author of numerous essays and articles, Colin is currently affiliated with the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University. He has taught in various capacities at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard College, and Meadville Lombard Theological School. A recognized scholar of race, religion, and politics, he gave the Minns Lectures in 2019 on "American Populism and Unitarian Universalism" and is currently working on a book for a major university press on populism and religion in the United States. Read Colin's Blog

Rev. D. Scott Cooper

Rev. D. Scott Cooper

Assistant Minister of Congregational Life

Rev. Scott recently came to the First UU Church of Houston to serve as Assistant Minister. Scott served as Sabbatical Minister at his home church, the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, and completed his Ministerial Internship at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento. Scott graduated in 2016 with his Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School.

Carol Burrus

Carol Burrus

Director of Religious Community

Carol leads our Children’s and Youth religious education and our Adult Program opportunities with a talented and devoted group of volunteers. She loves working with our church community of all ages, from baby to elder. As music is one of her passions, Carol shares her musical talents in our worship services and in our online group meetings (RE with families group and String Band). You will find Carol gathering people together to take action on issues of urgent concern, such as our climate crisis, safety for upcoming elections and protection of our democratic processes.

Mark Vogel

Mark Vogel

Music Director

Mark leads our First UU Sanctuary Choir, arranges for all types of musical performances, and consults with the ministers on Sunday's music programming. Mark is also the Artistic Director for International Voices Houston.

Tawanna Grice

Tawanna Grice

Business Administrator

After an extensive career and experience in top financial and accounting management, Tawanna joined us to direct our finance and facilities departments. She graduated with an MBA from Texas Women's University, serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees at First Unitarian Universalist Church, and she is also a board member at a local credit union association.

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Alma Viscarra

Membership & Communications Coordinator

With a background in newspaper and radio, Alma is currently taking care of our online communications, website and social media. She recently contributed to the development of our new Path to Membership and our new Online Visitors Welcome process. Alma assists online visitors as they become involved with First UU Church's online programs. A native Spanish-speaker, she enjoys learning new words in different languages.

Christian Holmes

Christian Holmes

AV Technician

Christian spent 20 years teaching middle school and high school theatre, as well as speech, dance, and broadcast journalism. He joined the church in 2019 and has expertly led our online video production. Christian is a performer in the local theater and contemporary dance communities. He is married and has two children.

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Cheryl

Cheryl D. Rivers
Bookkeeper

Cheryl serves as the part-time Bookkeeper and provides support to the Business Administrator in managing the church’s financial affairs. She has over 25 years of experience in financial management with several faith-based and non-profit organizations. Cheryl embraces the First UU Church culture because it promotes diversity and equitable living for all.

Alex Keimig

Alex Keimig
Family Ministry Coordinator

Learning and working with children and families from all walks of life has been Alex' experience over the past seven years. She joined First UU Church in 2019 and coordinates religious education programs at our Thoreau campus. Her role has expanded and she also provides assistance with office administration at the Museum District campus. She likes to lend a hand wherever needed.

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