A Brief History of the church


UUCiL Mission Statement:

Growing together in spirit, reason, fellowship and justice.


Our community began as a Fellowship 50 years ago by about 10 families in Livermore. The group was originally led by lay people, meeting in members’ homes or renting out spaces around town. In the early 1960s, the Fellowship found a home off First Street in Livermore. The community soon outgrew it. In 1977, the Livermore Unitarian Universalists bought an existing church building on North Vasco Road.


The Fellowship called its first permanent minister, Rev. Elizabeth Selle Jones, in 1981. With continued growth, the Fellowship became the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore (UUCiL). Upon Rev. Selle Jones’ retirement in 1996, a formal search process ended with the arrival of Rev. Eric Meter in Livermore.


This began a ten-year sojourn of spiritual and physical growth for UUCiL. The church undertook an ambitious building program in 2002. It added a religious education wing and a multi-purpose building to form the campus as it exists today. In 2007, Rev. Meter accepted a ministry position in another part of the country.


After two years of interim ministries, Rev. Lucas Hergert became our new settled minister in 2009. Since that time, the church has continued to grow in spirit and numbers. Increased outreach to the wider community and new programs for all ages have expanded UUCiL’s liberal religious mission in the Tri-Valley.