FINALwheat 150 33pctBorderThis page includes messages of congratulations and appreciation from friends and community partners this congregation has proudly worked with over the years.



Proclamation From the City of Ann Arbor

This proclamation from the Mayor and City Council of Ann Arbor was read at the council meeting September 15, 2014 and in our UUAA 150th Kick-off Service on September 28, 2014. Click on the image below to read or download the full proclamation (pdf format).





Congratulations Letter from Governor Snyder

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BillSchulzAnncBill Schulz, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

“My recent visit to Ann Arbor reminded me once again what a vibrant, path breaking congregation yours is.  As you survey your 150 years, you will, I’m sure, find one instance after another of those traits.  Because I did my doctoral dissertation on the writing of the first Humanist Manifesto of 1933, I think in particular of the role your church played through its minister at the time and an influential member, Prof. Roy Wood Sellers, a philosophy professor at the University of Michigan, in the development of a movement, humanism, that changed not only Unitarianism but American life.  Each one of my three or four opportunities to be in your pulpit over the past thirty-five years have confirmed the impression of your vitality and leadership, a combination of peerless ministerial vision and numerous laypersons’ skills.  You are a model UU church and I am delighted to salute you on this milestone occasion.” 

--Bill Schulz, UUA President (1985-93); UUSC President (2010--)

JimToysm The Jim Toy Community Center

"First UU Church has for more than four decades prayerfully and wholeheartedly supported and advocated for the human and civil rights of intersex, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay and queer people and our allies.  I can't adequately express my gratitude to all of you for these forty-and-more years and for your 150 years of work for human dignity and justice!"

-- Jim Toy, Jim Toy Community Center



IHN at Alpha House

alphahouse smDear Friends at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor,

IHN at Alpha House would like to congratulate First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor on celebrating your 150th anniversary! Reaching this momentous milestone is quite an accomplishment and an exciting opportunity to reflect on all that has taken place over the years.

For IHN at Alpha House, the UUAA congregation has not only generously donated their volunteer, material and financial support since we were founded 23 years ago, but has also been a committed leader and advocate to our mission in providing services and support for children and families experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County.

We are so thankful and consider ourselves lucky to partner with UUAA and look forward to continuing that partnership for many years to come.

Sincerely, IHN at Alpha House Staff and Board, December 2014  [ read/print pdf letter ]


 Food Gatherers

food gatherers logoOn behalf of Food Gatherers staff and board, thank you for the many years of rich and vital service given by members of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor.  Your members have volunteered to prepare and serve meals to the homeless ever since we opened the Community Kitchen in the Delonis Center in 2003.

Over the past three summers, the members of the Mindful Eating Coalition have worked with Farmer Bill Schmid to plant, tend, harvest and donate nearly 9,000 pounds of fresh produce for Food Gatherers. We've enjoyed the energy and spirit of youth from the Coming of Age groups who have volunteered in the bitter cold to collect donations at Rockin' for the Hungry and groups of all ages who sorted and boxed food at Food Gatherers Warehouse.

In addition to your volunteerism, members have raised funds and shared the collection with us in an effort to further Food Gatherers' efforts to alleviate hunger where we live. To all your members, our deepest thanks and warmest wishes for another 150 years of reason and compassion in action!

Mary H. Schlitt, Chief Development Officer, Food Gatherers


 Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley

H4H-LOGODear Friends at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor,

Congratulations on 150 Years in our community! What a fantastic milestone.

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is deeply grateful for your dedication to our organization and affordable home-ownership in our community for over 15 years. Your congregation has sent volunteers to work on 22 Good News projects for hard-working families, and donated over $100,000 to build and renovate these homes. The volunteers from your congregation are enthusiastic and a joy to work with, often helping fill Habitat days with short notice, and arriving with good spirits, incredible work ethic, and often an amazing delicious lunch for the crew.

Several members of your congregation have served in leadership positions, including Sandy Simon who has served as chair of the Good News Group for many years, Barb Pickett who has served on that board, and Reverend Gail Geisenhainer who has led the dedication of one of the Habitat homes.

The Habitat families, board, and staff are incredibly grateful for the deep love you show in this tangible outpouring of service.
Congratulations again, and thank you for your deep investment in the work of Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.

Sincerely,  Sarah Stanton, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley

 From Our Partner Church in Kézdivásárhely Romania



[A rough translation from the Hungarian ...

Istvan Buzogany-Csoma, Unitarian minister, on behalf of Targu Secuiesc Unitarian Fellowship Church with respect and warm welcome to all members of the First Unitarian Universalist Ann Arbor Church, on the occasion of their 150th anniversary.

During my visit to your congregation, I found that the community is living a reality that many people only speak, dream and plan. You truly have a community of faith, service, love, tolerance, inclusion, universal human values and safekeeping.

We hope your anniversary service will be blessed.

God bless you.]

miipl logoFrom Michigan Interfaith Power and Light

Dear Friends at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor,

Congratulations on your 150th Anniversary!

You are a beacon for renewable energy use and promotion. We are proud to partner with you and wish you more great success and leadership for the next 150 years!

Faithfully Yours,

The Board and Staff of Michigan Interfaith Power and Light