History

Universalism was first organized in Binghamton in 1835, and incorporated as the First Universalist Society on April 17, 1843. After years of struggle, and a fire in 1868, the society lay dormant for two decades. On March 31, 1891, the First Universalist Church of Binghamton was incorporated and the group built a small church in downtown Binghamton. In 1929, an offer by a local bank to purchase the property and another offer of an old mansion on Front Street prompted the congregation to move. Through dedication and strong leadership, the group struggled through the depression and the Second World War.

During the tenure of the Rev. Richard Woodman, 1954-63, the congregation built and moved to its present quarters on Riverside Drive. When the Universalist Church of America merged with the American Unitarian Association in May of 1961, this church became the Unitarian Universalist Church of Binghamton. A wing was added to the building in 1968 to accommodate the growing Religious Education program.

In 1991, we held a Centennial Celebration of the founding of the First Universalist Church of Binghamton and the following year the membership voted to be known as the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton. In April 1992, the Congregation voted overwhelmingly to become a “Welcoming Congregation.”

Here’s a list of all our ministers.