The Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough was founded in 1961 with 14 charter members, four of whom are still involved in the congregation. We are affiliated with the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC), a voluntary association of 45 Unitarian and Universalist congregations in Canada.
The Fellowship met for 35 years in rented spaces for Sunday services and religious education. Its members have always been involved in the local community, founding the Family Enrichment Association and developing a position paper on religion in the schools.
In 1994 the Fellowship called its first minister, Rev. Anne Orfald, and the next year purchased a building on Chamberlain Street. With a growth in membership this beloved space was outgrown and in 2004 the Fellowship made an agreement with the Beth Israel Congregation of Peterborough to share its premises.
Rev. Armida Alexander came as our first interim minister following Anne’s retirement and was followed in 2006 by Rev. Peter Boulatta, also in that role.
In 2007, the Fellowship called the Rev. Julie Stoneberg to be its new settled minister. She was formally installed as our second settled minister on April 27, 2008.