History of the UUFP

Our Fellowship was established in 1958 during the struggle for racial integration in Virginia. It began with like-minded individuals meeting in homes. Because these individuals supported integration, acquiring a building to worship in was difficult. Through their contacts in the Jewish community, however, our founders were able to purchase a small, retired frame synagogue on a side street in downtown Hampton.

Despite the oppressive social constraints at that time, our church quickly became a center for inclusivity—a site of public interaction between black and white, gay and straight, theists and atheists. Today, the UUFP continues to exist as a force for liberal religion on the Virginia Peninsula, striving more than ever for social justice, voting rights, and equity in human relations.

Our present church home on Young’s Mill Lane in Newport News was built in 1980 after a devastating fire consumed our previous location on Briarfield Road in 1979. We have expanded the Young's Mill location several times and acquired the adjacent building on Warwick Boulevard for office space in 2008. Having outgrown even this property, we are now seeking to expand to a new site so that we may continue welcoming all in our quest to build the Beloved Community.


The purpose of this Fellowship is to encourage religious tolerance, support individual spiritual growth, and serve the universal human family. Relying upon reason and compassion as our guide, and giving freedom to our method, we seek to grow in understanding of ourselves and of our world. We offer a safe place for spiritual diversity and exploration through lifelong religious education and service to the wider community.


Grow in Wonder ~ Connect in Love ~ Engage in Service ~ Inspire Generosity


Together, united by love and embodying gentleness,
we, the members of the UUFP, covenant to:

~ Welcome everyone of good will;
~ Listen and attend with compassion;
~ Interact with kindness;
~ Communicate with courage;
~ Use our gifts to enrich our Mission;
~ Protect our Earth;
~ Build racial, social and environmental justice in the Beloved Community;
~ Model our UU values in the world; and
~ Embrace transformation within ourselves and others.

Adopted December 11, 2022

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