Our History

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History of LSUS

The first meeting to explore the possibility of starting a new church was held on October 13, 1963, at the Evanston home of Dale and Helen O'Brien. Twenty-seven families were represented that night.  The first service was held on November 17, 1963—just one month after the first exploratory meeting.

On that first Sunday, November 17, at the Foster Field House in Evanston, the speaker was Walter Stephens, a member of our group. He was a psychologist working in the Chicago Public School system and an ordained Universalist minister.

By mid-December of 1963, Lakeshore Unitarian found a meeting place outside of Evanston, at Central School in Wilmette.  The congregation stayed at this location until September 1973. Later, Lakeshore Unitarian moved to the Wilmette Community Center for about four years.  In about 1977, the congregation moved to our present location at the Winnetka Community House.