The Port Charlotte Fellowship was founded by 12 people in 1969. They were seeking, as many of us still are, a community where we could discover spiritual truth and work together on social justice issues. The founders met in each other’s homes and then in the Temple Shalom.
In 1977, we purchased the property on Forrest Nelson where the present building is, and a year later, hired a part-time minister, Dr. Carl Westman. The building was completed in 1984 and at that time changed to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.
During the 1990s the fellowship grew in membership and became large enough for full-time ministry.
The national UU organization has granted two official designations to the fellowship – in 2008 we were designated a Welcoming Congregation – officially embracing people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender. In 2017 we became a Green Sanctuary, which means we are stewards of the earth committed to learning more and acting upon environmental justice.
We are currently a lay-led fellowship.