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Does anyone remember the 60s?

The Civil Rights movement was strong in the UUA as well as the national group. In addition, a contentious issue at General Assembly was whether to approve the organization of a Black Affairs Council at the national level. Our congregation was involved because Clarence Huginnie, our first Black member, was an active proponent of this concept and represented us as a delegate at the national meeting. The issues involved were extensively covered in our newsletter, and the proposal was approved at the General Assembly. We continued to be active individually and as a group in many community affairs – participating in marches, signing petitions, and giving volunteer service. A group tutored students weekly at Community Baptist Church (in a Black neighborhood) and took over the delivery of Meals on Wheels to shut-ins during the Christmas holidays.

By 1968, we needed more classroom space for the church school. Stuart Todd, member and architect who had designed our original building, knew of an economical construction technique used for industrial buildings – pouring the concrete sides into molds on the ground and then raising them into position when hardened. We figured the amount we could afford and contracted for the building. Again, Stuart Todd refused the architectect’s fee. An economical heat pump was installed. We skipped the luxury of a water supply, but we were relieved to have more space. When it was opened in September of ’68, 56 children attended the first Sunday it was in use.

A wide range of topics were addressed on Sunday mornings: problems faced by the Amer-Asian children in Korea whose fathers had returned to the US; the meaning of Yom Kippur to Jewish congregations; goals for Dallas; as well as a variety of philosophical and entertaining topics covered by members.

Fellowship parties were frequent – Valentines, Christmas, Halloween as well as picnics and potlucks. Teens went on camping trips with their advisors — including one memorable January trip when water in their teapot froze overnight.

We joined with other NTAUUA congregations to establish an FHA housing project in Irving, Raible Place. For many years, Jim Lyons served on this board overseeing the building management, and Liz Loper was secretary. It was the eventual sale of this property in 2003 that created the endowment fund which NTAUUS uses for its yearly grants.

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