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September Update

This past week we submitted our Development Review Plan to the City of Costa Mesa Department of Development Services. Prepared by domusstudio in collaboration with the landscape architectural firm, the structural engineer, the geotechnical engineer, the civil engineer and the contractor, the comprehensive design review application is a requirement for the building permit submittal application. All property owners within a 500 foot radius of the new sanctuary will receive notification of the pending project now that the application has been…

Be Engaged

We have so much to look forward to as Rev. Sian returns from sabbatical and we start the church year. We are all looking forward to figuring out our “new normal” and to some new and returning programs. Sermon Discussion Groups will re-form soon, and the Fall Auction is planned for November 6th. Depending on the survey results, we might even have a de Benneville weekend soon at our camp in the San Bernardino mountains. On top of all the…

Handling Trauma

AUUMM (Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries) sponsored an online workshop about how to handle overwhelm and trauma, presented by the creator of The Trauma Stewardship Institute, Laura Lipsky. She reminded us of how traumatic the last 18 months have been for the whole globe, dealing with the upheaval that Covid and our faulty response to it has wreaked. Her list of side effects of Overwhelm and Trauma rang true for me and so many of my colleagues: saturated nervous…

Let’s Keep it Up

We have fully settled into our Circle of Trees program, and it seems the children and youth are really enjoying our time together on Sunday mornings. The teachers are, too! We have had several new families join us this month, and we recently had a total of 17 children and youth with us on Sunday morning, which is the highest attendance we’ve had since the beginning of the pandemic! It has been wonderful to be together, and cohorts of new…

A Busy August for the New Sanctuary Team

The Sanctuary Construction Committee continues this month to work with the consultants of its team to refine plans and make decisions to hold costs in line while ensuring the new building will meet the needs of the congregation now and in the future. Last week the entire committee met with domus studio architect David Keitel and Hoffman & Associates construction supervisor John Pascale for a lengthy session to discuss where we are on the timeline and what we need to…

A Milestone Meeting

On Friday, July 23rd the courtyard was buzzing with activity as our sanctuary architect, David Keitel of domus studio, invited representatives of the lead contractor and subcontractors to join our OCUUC Sanctuary Construction Committee for an onsite visit. The lead contractor John Pascale of Hoffman Associates rolled out construction plans for electrical, demolition, painting, glass and landscaping subcontractors to review and discuss. Lots of activity is underway as we move into August. As always, if you have any questions or…