Our church took root in the Coachella Valley in the late 1950s when two dozen people met in response to an advertisement placed by the American Unitarian Association to encourage the formation of new Fellowships across the country. The ad appeared in the Desert Sun on October 7th, 1959 asking the provocative question: "Are you a Unitarian without knowing it?" Fifty-eight years later, we still invite visitors to join us at Sunday Service to pose the same question to themselves.
The congregation wandered the desert for 45 years, meeting in homes, schools, motels, senior citizen centers and other churches. At the dawn of the new millennium in anticipation of having our permanent home, we changed our designation from a Fellowship to a full-fledged Church. Our long-held dream was finally realized on Easter Sunday in 2005 when the congregation moved in to its new sanctuary in Rancho Mirage.
UUCOD celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009. Throughout our history, we have been led at various times by lay leaders as well as retired, visiting, contract and interim ministers. After the sudden death of our Settled Minister in 2016 we entered into our current transition period. As members and friends of this church, we now seek to strengthen and grow that strong sense of community that we all desire.
We’re building our community through social justice projects and through our church events organized by social groups and church committees and by strengthening our governance and the ways that we communicate and work with one another. We are excited about our future and look forward to welcoming new members and friends who want to grow spiritually and help write the next chapter in our history.