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Betty Derrick Memorial Lecture – and Discussion!

The first Betty Derrick Memorial Lecture and Discussion will be held on Friday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. at the UU Church!   Dr. Leslie Sandra Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Valdosta State University, will be the first guest lecturer and facilitator.  Her topic will be “Untangling Biological Diversity from the Social Construction of Race.”  This event is free and open to all and child care will be available.

Betty Derrick, who passed away in March, was the coordinator of our book group, among other activities here at the church.   In honor of her life devoted to science, learning, and social justice, we plan to start this lecture series at the church.     These evenings will be patterned after the book group discussions, but rather than reading a book ahead of time, we will have a guest speaker briefly present a topic and then facilitate a discussion in an informal setting.

Obituary for Betty Derrick

Mission Statement

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Valdosta is committed to building a community of acceptance and love, where all people may strive for intellectual, moral and spiritual enlightenment. We offer a place to celebrate life’s passages and to join in social action on behalf of local and global communities.

I believe every inch of America is shared,  from sea to shining sea.

I believe we make it holy by who we welcome and by how we relate to each other.

 …Eboo Patel

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50th Anniversary Celebration!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Valdosta has been involved in the life of the Valdosta community for 50 years!   On March 20th, we celebrated this milestone with a special service.   Rev. Mary Louise DeWolf, a founding member of UU Valdosta was our guest minister.  Maggie Lovins, Southern Region Congregational Life staff, brought greetings from the UUA.  About 50 people gathered afterwards for dinner, a short program, and cake!

For more details, check out our most recent newsletter.   For a full history of the church, please go here.

Living the Welcoming Congregation

UU Valdosta has been named a Welcoming Congregation!

“Living the Welcoming Congregation” is a voluntary program for congregations to deepen their commitment to inclusive practices, ensuring that all people are welcomed through our doors. In 2014-2015, we completed a series of educational sessions and continuing community outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.  In 2015-2016, we are expanding our efforts into UUA multicultural awareness curricula, beginning with “Examining Whiteness: An Antiracism Curriculum.”     Please join us!   For questions, send an e-mail to

Safe Schools South Georgia

Last year, Georgia Equality provided training on keeping all young people safe in our community.  The workshop included information on prevention of bullying, preventing self-harm and suicide, and local resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.    UU Valdosta works with South Georgia Pride and the Valdosta PFLAG Chapter toward making our community safe for all.  Valdosta PFLAG meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m., 3rd floor of Christ the King Episcopal Church.   If you are interested in being involved with these efforts, please contact us at or contact the Valdosta PFLAG chapter.