Steve Shay
L-R: Eli Breidford, Bernadette Hoover, Amelia Disotell celebrate the opening of Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation dedication Oct. 24. The church is to receive a "Breakthrough Congregation Award."

Westside Unitarian receives "Breakthrough Congregation" award

Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation was just notified by Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, that it is being awarded the distinction of being a "Breakthrough Congregation."

Westside's Rev. Peg Morgan told the West Seattle Herald, "This award, given to four congregations out of 1200, recognizes those that have been successful in many arenas, and for over several years to grow and develop despite considerable obstacles. Six years ago Westside set forth to implement a strategic plan that called for more vital children and youth, music and social action programs. Membership has more than doubled, and we now have 168 adults and 110 children.

The plan also called for buying its own home, which the congregation did this past April, when it purchased the former Gatewood Baptist Church at 7141 California Avenue SW. Westside will be honored at their Association's General Assembly this next June."

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