First Unitarian Universalist Church of the Internet
UUs are scattered
to the four corners of the world
But now electronic communications
thousands of miles from the
nearest UU group.
And many Earthlings do not know about UUism.
make it possible to create an online
community of UUs world-wide.
And besides the convenience of being any
place in the world,
members of the cyber community can participate
in the activities
whenever it suits them—any time of the
day or night,
not just on Sunday mornings.
When you are ready to take part in the
you use your electronic devise to log-on to our Facebook presence.
You can see the other members, the published cyber-sermons,
and join the discussions in
whatever degree suits you.
At each visit, you can vote for the cyber-sermon of the following month.
And now a little
It might seem strange for
just getting off the ground (into cyber-space)
to write a history,
but sometimes such origins quickly become
This Facebook organization
was originally conceived
as an online community for UU young adults
Planning began in the fall of 1998.
FUUCI has no physical location.
We are a Facebook Page and a website.
The original list of members all
heard about FUUCI on
the Unitarian Universalist Young Adult
Network List (UUYAN-L).
Even the first 15 people on the first
included one living in Japan and one living
The idea of a computer
community quickly caught on.
The home page was started
in November 1998.
And people began sending in their e-mail
even before the FUUCI web page was established.
There was obviously a need to communicate
with other young adults,
even if they were on the other side of
And electronic communication
—which was just catching on in the 1990s—
was the most obvious means.
The UUA established
the e-mailing list, called WWYAC-L,
with about 25 charter subscribers in September
But at Thanksgiving
1999 this decision was reversed.
This led to a change
of name and constituency:
The UUA decided not to host the mailing
for this organization because it might
with the official young adult efforts
of the UUA
and because the UUA does not host mailing
for any of its 1,000 local member congregations.
The new name was left flexible
so that people who join later will have
a say in what to call it.
As a temporary measure, it was called the
This could stand for the World Wide Cyber
or the World Wide Computer Church.
Other names were suggested.
But a new start-up name was selected in December 2007:
The First Unitarian Universalist Church of the Internet.
The UUA mailing list
for our on-line community was abolished in January 2000.
Since this set-back,
planning was slowed
Since then, the UUA has become much more open to electronic
for groups that are not anchored in one geographical location.
down to nothing in some years.
People have expressed interest in joining the organization,
but the mailing list was not maintained
because it was not used
and people keep changing their e-mail addresses.
Nevertheless, there seems to be a strong, positive response
to the idea of having a service that distributes
the very best in UU thinking.
The Present and the Future
In November 2008, our Facebook Page was established,
which gave new life to the organization.
By the end of 2008, 65 people had become 'fans'.
In 2012 the membership stabalized at more than 600.
See our Facebook Page.
Go to http://.www.Facebook.com.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of the Internet.
have now agreed to propose
cyber-sermons for FUUCI.
We will probably begin slowly, having a new
only when we have at least three proposals.
Then, later, we can get up to speed,
having one selected cyber-sermon per month
and three proposals for the next month.
by James Park, webmaster. revised
7-2001, 12-19-2007; 1-4-2009; 7-19-2009; 5-15-2012; 12-13-2012;
More introductory information about FUUCI
will be found in the Frequently
Return to the beginning of the home page of the
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Internet