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About the church

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach was established in 1913 and has been on the site at 5450 Atherton since 1955. The church is known for its music and arts programs, and its social action and justice work in the community. The church has been designated as a Welcoming Congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and is actively working to become an anti-racist, multi-cultural congregation.

Social Action Activities

Once a month, the loose plate collection goes to a local service organization or agency; recipients have included Bethune Transitional Center, Casa Youth Shelter, Homeland Cultural Center, Harbor Area Halfway House, the Serra Project, Christian Outreach in Action, Rainy Day Shelter, Shalom Center, and the Village (Mental Health Association).

The church is a member congregation of Interfaith Community Organization, a faith-based coalition of congregations in the greater Long Beach area; this congregation’s primary focus has been issues of homelessness and affordable housing. The congregation, along with other Unitarian Universalists, contributed $70,000 to establish a year-round shelter, which is now Project Achieve.

Meeting space for a number of twelve-step organizations and other community groups is provided at reduced cost.

The congregation is part of the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition. The congregation is committed to equality for all and took a leading role in supporting the "No on 8" activities supporting marriage equality.

Social justice and service is also part of the Religious Education program; a month-long Backpack Project each year provides over a hundred backpacks full of school supplies to Bethune Transitional Center. Other monthly Faith in Action projects have included making lunches for the Long Beach homeless population, making hygiene kits for teens on the streets through the organization “Stand Up for Kids”, participating in beach and park clean-ups, making activity bags for children at Miller Children’s Hospital, learning about and supporting Guide Dogs of America and the local Animal Shelters, learning direct action through the “No on 8” celebrations, and supporting our veterans by caroling and visits at the VA facility each December.

Music and Arts

The church has long supported music and singing for members and friends. The music program offers many options for people who sing or aspire to sing and to musicians. The Choir, Wylder Singers and the Children's Choir are all important to the life of the church. Musicians often are engaged in church worship services through our Director and Associate Director of Music.

Wylder Hall, the space where services and other events are held, has long been known in the Long Beach area as a gallery space offering exhibition opportunities for local artists.  An exhibit is almost always to be seen in the hall. The church has recently begun its permanent collection.