Our Story Is Your Story
It’s the story of regular people searching for something more.
More justice in our streets.
More joy in living.
More care for our neighbours.
More connection in our families.
More compassion in the public square.
More depth inside of selves.
More celebration of our differences.
From the very beginning in 1898, we wagered that together we could confront the disconnection that permeates life with love. Because Love Unites Us All.
We are a church of humanity, progressive in spirit and hospitable to all forms of thought.
Through the hard practice of love, loneliness becomes community, fear becomes courage, disconnection becomes partnership, timidness becomes integrity.
We are a church that welcomes and celebrates human difference and diversity, you are welcome in our church because of who you are not in spite of it. No matter your religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialized identity, or class identity.
Foothills Unitarian is a vibrant and growing congregation where over 600 adult members and 250 children and youth share the mission of unleashing courageous love. Each of our members is called to live out this mission in their own lives and as a community we seek to partner with those building a more just, compassion and loving future in Northern Colorado.
We are a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
In 2016 our congregation voted to call Rev. Gretchen Haley as our Senior Minister. Rev. Gretchen dynamic preaching, deep and prophetic vision, and partnership with our members has allowed our community to deepen and grow.
Foothills Unitarian Church
unleashes courageous love in Northern Colorado and beyond
by embracing our diversity,
growing our faith,
and awakening our spirits to the unfolding meaning of this life.
As a congregation, we are bound together not by creed, a common set of beliefs, but by covenant, a set of promises of how we will treat one another. One manifestation of these promises is expressed in the words of our covenant:
Love is the spirit of this church and service is it’s law, this is our great covenant, to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.
Foothills Unitarian has been part of the fabric of Larimer County since the late 19th century.
The late 1890s saw the circuit riding Rev. Anna Jane Norris preaching the gospel of progressive religion up and down the front range. Her message caught hold and in 1898 Unity Church (Unitarian) was formed in 1898 by progressive members of the community including the faculty at the agricultural college. The church joined the American Unitarian Association connecting itself to the wider movement.
The Congregational-Unitarian Church was formed in 1931 when Unity Church (Unitarian) and the First Congregational Church joined in a “cooperative enterprise” to ensure the survival of liberal religion in Fort Collins. That church later disaffiliated with the Congregationalist Church (United Church of Christ) to affiliated solely with the Unitarian Universalist Association and 1968 to form the present Foothills Unitarian Church.
One may find more of the story of this church as well as that of the college (Colorado State University) and the city in a self-published article, The Unitarians in Fort Collins, by Arthur T. Corey.