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Textual documents dealing with the people involved with LUF and one digital video of the ordination of Julie Stoneberg in 2005. Information on employees, volunteers, and membership. The services were mostly run by lay chaplains, though they also welcomed visiting and consulting ministers. Information dealing with the interim ministry program, hiring processes and employment contracts, membership lists, and board membership lists are found here.

History Project

In order to move forward as a congregation, the LUF believed they had to understand their past. A prominent member of the fellowship took on the role of the historian and archivist and organized much of the historical material into alphabetical archives for the purposes of creating a comprehensive overview of the LUF history. These are the materials that were found with the formal "LUF History 1958 - 2015" report, as well as older newspaper clippings and photographs. The findings from the history project can be found on the LUF website.

General Growth Approaches

The LUF programs and workshops were meant to strengthen the congregation, to make sure they did not get 'stuck in the past' and to appeal to younger generations. They worked together to be an open and welcoming space for all people, and sought advice from other congregations on how to be welcoming and how to recruit members. In order to grow, they would need funding, which they sought through campaigns and events such as service auctions. They worked to keep their building updated and tried to renovate it when possible, and when opportunities to move arose they normally discussed it. Materials here demonstrate how the LUF sought to be welcoming and accessible for all people, and they supported their growth projects while still serving the community.


The LUF held their first several meetings in the homes of the Board members. As they grew and became a larger community, they started meeting at local centers and renting out halls. Finally, in 1984 they moved to their own building on Algoma St. The building was adequate, but was not the ideal location since it had poor accessibility and required constant upkeep. From the 1990s up until the late 2010s the LUF regularly discussed the prospect of a new building and sought new ways to better the Algoma building.

Internal Planning

The LUF mission statement is "Together in liberal religious community, we grow in spirit, nurture inclusive relationships, and act for a just and sustainable world." The board's main attention has been on how to grow as a fellowship and how to best serve members of the community. They have always met regularly to discuss their position and role in the community and how to contribute to the growth of Thunder Bay. They work to bring people together to provide services and create opportunities. This subseries includes material that reveal their commitment to the strengthening of their congregation and how they actively worked to bring people together. Includes LUF specific AGM reports and congregational evaluations, and Sunday Service committee planning.

Ontario Government Departments and Agencies

This section concerns the work of government departments and the political issues surrounding
these departments; frequently material relating to the subject in general is included, as well as C.C.F. policy statements. Sprinkled throughout is correspondence to and from Robinson.

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