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Marking Underground Utilities

On Friday a representative from our new sanctuary project’s civil engineering firm was on the OCUUC campus to locate all the underground utilities. This is an important step beginning with the project’s demolition phase later this year so the contractor will know which utilities need to be capped and avoided. If you were at the church service on Sunday you may have noticed a lot of various colored dots painted on the courtyard and the parking area. This is the…

Learning from Experience

Memorial Day is often referred to as the unofficial start of summer and this year it has even more special significance at OCUUC as we open the church for in-person Sunday services and we head out on long-delayed travel for the first time since March 2020. You can rest assured, however, that your Sanctuary Construction Committee will continue on the forward path to bring the new sanctuary plans to reality. We gather on Zoom from places near and far to…

Re-opening

If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it’s pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting. Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957 The quote above describes how I have experienced working with the members and friends of OCUUC. We are the “little engine that could” when it comes to harnessing our ideas, energy and actions to accomplish all things large and small. Due to the roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations, California has moved into…

Play Connects Us

Exciting news! We will all begin to meet in-person for worship and Religious Education—just not in the same location. Back in April the Reopening Taskforce sent around a survey. On the basis of the information we received we got busy planning how to go about the reopening process. Parents told us that they didn’t want their children and youth to meet indoors so the RE Committee and I searched out a suitable outdoor location. We found Estancia Park at the…

Summer Music at OCUUC

It’s almost time for our dear Orange Coast Choir to take a two-month hiatus over the summer. If you have the opportunity, please thank the choir for their continued patience and spirit of adventure as they going with the flow in this changing Covid landscape. We are still creating virtual choir videos, and we have been holding hybrid rehearsals for about two months now — in the church courtyard and on Zoom. The rehearsals have been a major improvement over…

Word Play

My father used to say “I don’t have a sense of humor.” This wasn’t actually true, though I think he said it as he wasn’t someone who told jokes much or did practical jokes. He was a pretty serious, but gentle man. But there was one form of humor he loved: Puns. He called them “punishment.” Groan I remember once when I was studying Latin and Roman History in college, I told him about some of Caesar’s military campaigns in…

Project Timeline

At our most recent weekly Zoom meeting call, our sanctuary construction committee met with our domusstudio architect David Keitel to discuss the timeline of the project now that we are further along in the design development phase. Just as COVID has affected so many aspects of our lives over the past year, it has also had an impact upon the construction industry, with increased prices for in-demand building materials including lumber. The impact of these price hikes and unanticipated code…

Looking Ahead

At our most recent weekly meeting the Sanctuary Construction Committee’s primary focus was planning on how furnishings and other contents of Suite 4 will be removed and/or recycled over the coming months in advance of the new sanctuary construction. We also discussed seating for the new sanctuary per our architect’s recommendation given the important role it will play in the new space. David Keitel of domusstudio provided us information to consider from several different chair manufacturers and has connected us…

A Weaving Metaphor

I am grateful to the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BVUUF) for the content in this week’s blog post. The congregation completed a 70-week renovation of their church facility in 2020. For more information about their project, go to https://www.bvuuf.org Our UU 7th Principle is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Creating and maintaining a tight-knit, high performing, quality relationship between our Sanctuary Construction Committee, our architect and our contractor is like…

Demolition Materials: Recycle & Reuse

I was recently asked what will happen to the demolished building materials that remain on site when the Suite 4 structure comes down to make room for our new sanctuary. During a Sanctuary Construction Committee Zoom meeting a few weeks ago with David Keitel, our lead architect from domusstudio, we asked how the process works in this regard. The architect and building contractor work together as a team to segregate various building materials such as metal, wiring, concrete, and wood…

Choosing Music Intentionally

Earlier this year, I decided to make sure that at least one song in every Sunday’s service is composed or performed by a Person of Color (POC). I am the Editor of the AUUMM, and I have created a filter to identify songs created by POC. As part of that work, I have added songs deliberately to that database that are by black people. I have gone out of my way to find lists of black composers and their pieces…

Storytelling

People have told me over the years that I’m a good storyteller. I’m flattered, but sometimes I chuckle to myself – because actually we are all good storytellers. We tell stories all the time and often we aren’t even aware of it. We tell ourselves stories about who we are – or are not. “I’m bad at math” or “I’m clumsy.” We also tell stories about other people, often things we don’t know for sure. We read into what they…