Why the UUC Building Project? (October 2017)
As many of you know, we are taking on a big project at UUC: the refurbishment and modest expansion of our church home. The planning has been underway for a few years, and by this time next year construction will be well underway. This is a momentous time of excitement, transition, and, yes, understandable anxiety! So, it’s worth revisiting:
Why is this important? Why are we doing this?
* UUC’s strategic plan, the outcome in 2013 of a church-wide year of discernment, calls for the creation of a more connected multigenerational community and responsible stewardship of the gifts we hold in trust, so that we can leave a generous and sustainable legacy for those who come after us. Various teams have been working over the past several years to ensure that we have both the physical space and the culture of generous, joyful participation and giving necessary to accomplish these goals. This work will continue well beyond the conclusion of our fundraising efforts and the move back to our newly renovated church. It is the challenging and meaningful work of cultivating a welcoming, inclusive community in which all feel seen, recognized, and known.
* We are also challenged by the age, flow, and slow deterioration of our church, the result of outdated systems and years of deferred maintenance needs. It has been over half a century since we have invested significantly in the infrastructure of this beautiful and historic church home, and we can no longer afford to wait. Significant updates (seating, parking, technology!) are planned to help us–and inspire us–to worship, learn, and work together.
* We want to ensure that UUC stands strong for many years into the future, remains a welcoming place, and enables us to do the work of love and justice we are called to do. This work is not for ourselves alone, but also for those yet to join us, for those we will not know, and for the world outside our walls.
~ The Stewardship Committee, Capital Campaign Team, and Physical Space Implementation Team