Your UUFP Planning Committee [Parker Stokes, Lin Chambers, Rebecca Wheeler, Scott Kasmire, Sandy Burkes-Campbell] has been busy over the past few months.
In May we learned that the Unitarian Universalist Association indicated that our congregations may remain closed to in-person gatherings for a year. This led to a discussion among Planning about the possibility of listing our property for sale since we are not currently using the space. The Planning Committee has met with Jay Joseph and the Real Estate Task force to examine this question and have begun to gather information, including ideas for interim meeting space if the buildings sell, how much we might save in utilities and such, and how many things we would need to place in climate-controlled storage.
These are all questions that our sister congregation in Virginia Beach also considered when they decided to look for a new home. We have been in discussion with key members of their congregation (Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists, CVUU) regarding how they began and organized their process to find new “sacred space.” They are very excited about what they were able to do and have reached out to help us. You may remember that CVUU considered about 40 properties before they found the one! Many of you know that they purchased an office building that they extensively remodeled.
Now, you may be wondering "what can I do to help the Planning Committee" at this time. As you drive around the Peninsula, notice For Sale signs on commercial buildings surrounded by some green space or parking areas. Report any interesting property you see to Jay or any member of the Real Estate Task Force or the Planning Committee, and it will be checked out.
And for those of you on Facebook please continue to share ideas on the group page “What Does Our New UUFP Space Look Like.” If you are not on Facebook, send us an image you find appealing! Maybe you have visited another congregation that impressed you—please share it!
If you have not seen our beautiful new website, UUFP.org, please take a look. Click on NEWS, then UUFP Expansion for information. All the documents we shared with you at the cottage and town hall meetings earlier this year are there for you to review!
So we continue to move forward with planning, and with your help we will get the work done! And remember: this community needs us now more than ever. I will leave you with Stewardship For Us Consultant Mark Ewert’s words.
“Dwelling in the unknown, not letting it stop us from gathering information and planning for different scenarios, yet not leaping precipitously- is the order of the day!”