Church Timeline

in worship

Our Ministers, Since 1958

Rev. Paul Killinger, 1958-1963

Rev. David A. Johnson, 1963-1970

Rev. John Young, 1970-1977

Rev. William R. Murry, 1977-1981

Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman, 1981-1987

Rev. Dr. Clarke Dewey Wells, 1987-1988 (interim)

Rev. Bruce Johnson, 1988-1992

Rev. Peter Weller, 1992-1993 (interim)

Rev. Barbara Carlson, 1993-2005

Rev. Mary Ann Macklin, 2002-2022*

Rev. William T Breeden, 2002-2014

Rev. Dr. Douglas Wadkins, 2014-2016 (interim)

Rev. Scott McNeill, 2016-2020

Rev. David Clements, 2020-2021 (interim)

Rev. Connie Grant, 2022-2024 (interim)

*Reverend Mary Ann Macklin completed 20 years of ministry with our congregation in June 2022, when she resigned to pursue other professional interests.

Board Presidents 1948-present


Church Timeline

1949:  Unitarians first organize in Bloomington when a small group of Indiana University faculty and students create a Fellowship under the auspices of the American Unitarian Association. Meetings are lay-led and held in members’ homes and at the Indiana Memorial Union building.

1950-2015:  By 2015, our congregation grows to over 450 members. Our current property, purchased in 1964, undergoes several additions.

1999:  With a capital campaign totaling nearly $1,000,000, we nearly double our square footage with the construction of our Meeting Room and additional office and classroom space.

2011-2014:  Green Spaces Capital Campaign supports improved landscaping and parking, energy efficient windows and doors, better playground and drainage.

Today:  We have a membership of over 500, and our staff includes ordained ministers as well as professionals in charge of religious education, church administration, membership, and music.

Stories from the Tree of Life – The First 50 Years (1999)

Festschrift for Reverend Bill Breeden (2014)

UU Church of Bloomington: Our History and Our Traditions by Elof Carlson (2014)

UU Church of Bloomington: Our History and Our Traditions, Appendices (2014)

To send comments about “Our History and Our Traditions” to Elof Carlson, our congregation’s historian, click here.

Elof Carlson, our designated congregational historian, has written about 100 Prologue UU History for You pieces for our semimonthly newsletter since 2012. These have been compiled chronologically with five accompanying short essays as an e-book for you to download or read.  The surprising effect of reading the Prologue Histories in chronological order is that they create a history of the Unitarian and Universalist movements:

PROLOGUE HISTORIES by Elof Axel Carlson (June 2016)

Plus, a site of broader historical interest:

Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society