In 1990, an article appeared in the Daily Item regarding a group that would meet to start a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in Northumberland, PA, the home of Joseph Priestley. Twelve people met at Cynthia Bullington’s house on the park in Northumberland. The small group began meeting in individual’s homes for a year, and in 1991 began using the Joseph Priestley Chapel, which had long been unused. The chapel, under the protectorship of the Priestley Chapel Associates was in a sad state, and the group went about refurbishing it and putting it to use. There was no heat and there was no bathroom (We used Gail Broome’s bathroom, three blocks away!). This led the group to purchase the house next door to the Chapel, which was used for social events and after church functions, in addition to the bathroom. In February 1991, UUCSV was officially chartered with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as a UU congregation and approximately 50 people signed the membership book. The congregation eventually outgrew the small house next door and moved to 80 King Street, which had more space for meetings and religious education. As the congregation grew, we no longer fit in our home at the historic Joseph Priestley Chapel. We sold the house on 80 King Street and in 2008 the congregation moved to our present location; 265 Point Township Drive, Northumberland, PA.
UUCSV will celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2017.