In July of 2004, when the Unitarian Universalist Congregation
, Santa Rosa, relocated to its new home (the former UA5 Theater in downtown Santa Rosa), one of its goals was for the newly remodeled building to double as a beautiful new space for outstanding music and cultural events in Sonoma County.

Following the lead of such important cultural venues as CenterStage at Osher Marin Center, in San Rafael, the Glaser Center (named for longtime members and patrons Jules and Barbara Glaser) is already becoming a major destination point for Sonoma County residents and out-of-town visitors, with an ongoing series of concerts, shows and theatrical events, with appearances by notable speakers, dance companies, musical artists and more. Reflecting the Unitarian Universalist principles of respecting and honoring all other cultures, religions, and points-of-view, the Glaser Center's programming will seek to celebrate the multicultural diversity and creativity of our immediate community and of the world.

Centrally located in Downtown Santa Rosa, just four blocks north of Courthouse Square, the Glaser Center was recently awarded the Santa Rosa Merit Award for community service and creative use of architecture. Rapidly, the Glaser is becoming known as an oasis of beauty in the midst of the downtown area, with ongoing art shows and an array of public events that coexist and occasionally meld with the spiritual life of the UUCSR.

The performing arts arm of the Glaser Center is steadily acquiring a reputation as an outstanding location for musical and theatrical performance. In the summer, the charming outdoor courtyard is a magical spot of evening concerts and staged readings. Acoustically, the 300-seat Sanctuary/Theater has been praised for the beauty and ethereal quality of its sound, in particular the hall's effect on live choral and chamber music performance. Cathy Read, of the Sonoma County Chamber Singers, has said, "We never sound better than when we perform at the Glaser Center." In describing the Glaser, writer-critic Daedalus Howell (of the Sonoma Sun and has said, "Secrets like the Glaser Center aren’t kept long — quality performing arts tend to raise a bit of racket."