DÉJÀ VU All Over Again

"It's déjà vu all over again." Yogi Berra

"If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there" Yogi Berra

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." also Yogi

I must confess, I was only a baseball fan while I was a teenager and, somehow, didn't get infected with the zeal that a true fan needs. I was, however, fascinated by all the sayings attributed to Yogi Berra, the erstwhile catcher for the New York Yankees. His many quotes (including "I really didn't say everything I said") were regarded as malapropisms by many but I found them more like Zen koans - a way of speaking a truth that makes you slow down and reconsider things from a different viewpoint.


So, for me, it is indeed déjà vu all over again. Twenty years ago I was the president of a UU congregation struggling to figure out how we could build a sanctuary and move out of the "temporary" building we were using for our weekly worship services.

I was certain we could proceed quickly and step up to the sacrifices that would be required to achieve this worthwhile objective. I could even name an amount that would cover the costs of construction. I felt frustrated that others didn't have the same vision and confidence that I had for the task.

They somehow needed more time and discussion to prepare for this large undertaking.There are many steps to this process - there are: consensus-building among the congregants; planning the whole process; gathering fund pledges; getting architectural details; getting permits for construction; finding a building contractor; etc. Some fourteen years after their initial startup as a UU congregation they began groundbreaking.Within that year they completed a beautiful sanctuary which exists there now (see pictures included in last month's Prez Sez column)


No problem here, we don't plan to go anywhere, physically, but on our existing campus. Our sanctuary was planned to be in the north-western building currently housing Suites 3, 4,and 5.

More metaphysically, though, we need to review where we are going. I understand there are drawings that were made, at least, as to what the sanctuary was to look like, I assume, shortly after this campus was purchased. We should bring those out and review them so we know where we're going now, or at least have an approximate vision of the sanctuary we want.

We on the Board of Trustees and Finance Council have taken the step of establishing a separate Sanctuary Fund and have received donations to the Fund. A suggestion of a Fundraiser specifically for this fund was recently made by one of our members. Anyone willing to help in this effort, or with advice for those who are, please contact me, any member of the Board, or our minister, please.


OK, I do think we are at a fork in the road and don't really need the dictate "take it" as we will, by human nature, take one fork or the other and proceed on our way. I'd like to see us take the fork that leads us to continue in the dream to have our own sanctuary building here at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church. Won’t you join me in seeing this dream become reality?

Don Martin