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Jan 13, 2013 7:12 PM by Lacey Steele

Church building in Colorado Springs celebrates 120 years

A congregation celebrates a building with an interesting history.

It's stood on Tejon in Colorado Springs for 120 years.

We found out the story behind the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church from its unique minister.

"All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church has always stood for being the voice of liberal religion," said Minister Nori Rost.

It's a liberal church that's seen a lot of change.

"We were very active in the Civil Rights movement," said Rost. "We were active in the women's movement. We were one of the first to allow gay and lesbians to be ordained and to be members."

Minister Nori Rost is a prime example.

She's a minister and a lesbian.

"It was an amazing experience to know that there's a place that would welcome me, all of who I am, I didn't need to leave anything at home," said Rost.

That's how it is for anyone who walks through the door.

"Whether that's about sexual orientation or about the fact that you practice pagan beliefs or Buddhist beliefs or humanist, all of that is welcome here," said Rost.

Today they took time to celebrate their building and rededicate it.

"Let us determine to continue the legacy of those who have gone before," Rost told the congregation.

They taught younger generations about the church's past, and they enjoyed their new stained glass windows.

"We like to say we welcome all who welcome all," said Rost. "If you can abide by the seven principles, inherent worth and dignity of every person, free and responsible search for truth and meaning, then you're welcome here."

Now they hope for 120 more years.

"We don't want to give you a road map, we want to be a compass for you to find your own spiritual bearings," said Rost.

In an area they say is conservative, Minister Rost says their church will always be needed.

The congregation actually formed a little more than 120 years ago, but the building was officially dedicated in January of 1893.

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