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Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside

Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside

A unique history

In 1881, the All Souls Universalist Church was founded, and later, in 1978 they were put on the ‘National Register for Historic Places’, and it was also listed as City Landmark #3 in 1969 and had been officially declared in 1973.

Considered the City Cornerstone

Back in 1881, the Rev. James Harvey Tuttle, who was a minister and from Minneapolis, MN. Rev. Tuttle had been brought from California by wagon by William Charles Finch, who was a former parishioner of his. On this day Rev. Tuttle preached a sermon at the public Hall in. He gave a great sermon and then he returned to Minneapolis looking for a Universalist minister to go to they city with the mission of establishing a church.

The Parish purchased the city’s first schoolhouse for $300 dollars and it became the “All Souls Church of Riverside, California. The structure of the present building began in 1891 which costed almost $25,000 dollars and it was completed in 1892.

Located at 3525 Mission Inn Avenue, the previously known All Souls Universalist Church became the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside. Meanwhile, the located at 3657 Lemon St. was built between 1892 and 1892. It first opened in 1891. The architectural style was design in Gothic Revival style. Anyone can contact them for information or answers to questions at (951) 686-6515. This congregation accepts who you are, and welcomes and invites you to come wearing your own identity and be welcome a mind that is full of questions is more than welcome, including all hearts that are wanting to expand. With the help of everyone we have created a powerful force, a force that is greater than just one and is more than belief system that works off of just one’s beliefs, ours is a system that works off of a togetherness system.

Some of the elected leaders

The Board of Trustees consists of seven members: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, including three general members.

The current Members of the Board for the year of 2017 through 2018 are as follows: President: Mathew Taylor, Vice President: Liane Hileman, Secretary: Nan Mooring, Treasurer: Linda Van Voorhis. General Members: Leslie Mooring, Clarice Turney, and Diana Randall.

Sometimes parking downtown can be a problem, however, there are several different options available, including on the busiest day of the week, which we all know is Sunday. Free parking is provided in several different garages and lots and they are also nearby. You will be able to find a lot for parking at the library, directly kitty corners to the church, behind the museum, and at the corner of Lemon & University. If you prefer to park in a garage, there is one on Orange, in between University & Mission Ave. and also on Orange, between 9th Street & University.