Who we are

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau is a community of religious persons whose beliefs and ethics are freely chosen and constantly evolve throughout their journey through life. While Unitarian Universalists seek the guidance and inspiration of the great pioneers of religious insight of many cultures, their final religious authority is their own reason and personal understanding. We love people and are inclusive. We are proud to be a Welcoming Congregation. We strive to widen our circle of inclusivity so that we can extend a heartfelt and warm welcome to friends, and visitors.

our history

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau began its life with the merger of two local congregations, one Unitarian, the other Universalist, not long after the national merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America. Each group brought differing, valued gifts to the new partnership. The Universalist Church of Floral Park, founded in 1930, brought with its members a long record of stability and experience in the art of churching. The younger Unitarian Fellowship of Garden City was able to offer the dynamism and enthusiasm associated with a new religious venture. It was decided that the blending of these two congenial yet disparate groups warranted a new meeting place. The Universalist building was sold to another congregation. The Unitarians had no building originally, having met in people’s homes. In 1961, the first meeting of the newly formed UUCCN was held in the fall of 1961 in the chapel on the Mitchel Field Air Base. Reverend Kenneth Smith, minister of the Floral Park Universalist Church, agreed to serve the new church for a one-year period. 1962-1967 Reverend Farley Wheelwright was called by the merged group to be their first minister. During this period the Garden City property was purchased and the present building erected and dedicated in 1965. 

our minister

Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

Growing up on the banks of the Hudson River, the Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey spent his early adult life searching for a job where he could make the most difference: a home for abused boys, Catholic Charities, Job Corps, the New York City Public School System, and ultimately, ministry. His call to ministry in his thirties, while unexpected to him, did not surprise those who knew him. Rev. Bailey’s choice to serve in the Unitarian Universalist denomination was due to its rich tradition in social justice and its non-dogmatic approach to worship. 


Rev. Bailey graduated from The University of the District of Columbia with a dual BA in Anthropology and Sociology. He then attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he earned his Master of Divinity and specialized in Urban Ministry. He has served in various ministry positions at Unitarian Universalist congregations in Glendale, California; Orange, New Jersey; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Pomona, Garden City, Utica, and Oneonta, New York.


Over the past three years, Rev. Bailey served our faith as the called minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills in La Crescenta, California. Along with his busy congregational life, Rev. Bailey served as the lead minister for JUUstice-LA, an affiliate organization of the 13 UU congregations in Los Angeles County.


Rev. Bailey is a Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, an organization with which he is seeking Diplomate status. He is also a candidate at the Harlem Family Institute for certification in Psychotherapy.

Rev. Bailey is married to Lisa Stiffler Bailey and between them they have four children (Jennifer, Devin, Ethan, and Darien) and one granddaughter (Kai). The Baileys currently reside in NYC.

our mission and principles

WE BELIEVE IN:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person; 

Justice equity and compassion in human relations;

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.