New Sanctuary Campaign


New Sanctuary Capital Campaign Update
On May 12, 2020 the board of the Spirit Level Foundation sent word that they voted to fund OCUUC's multi-year phased grant at $50,000 per year over a five year period for a total of $250,000, the sum requested in the grant application for the new sanctuary. The Foundation cited OCUUC’s successful fundraising efforts to date as one of the deciding factors on awarding the generous amount.

The summer “relaunch” of the capital campaign to build a new sanctuary at OCUUC is off to a strong start. Our Campaign Leaders have been active since mid-July contacting members and friends by phone, e-mail, mail, Zoom and/or FaceTime for either first-time campaign pledges or “stretch” pledges to augment original pledges from 2018-19

Thank you to Karen Kennedy, Craig Spery, Don Martin, Meg Wilson, Tom Loughrey, Nancy Loughrey, Sunny Harper, Nina Smith, Sarah Hunter and Marcia Hackett for taking on this important outreach assignment!

If you would like to make a commitment and need more information, contact any of the Campaign Leaders. Campaign chair Linda Spery can be reached at or 562-212-5317.

If you haven't yet made your pledge or wish to make a “stretch” pledge, please consider this an invitation for you to do so! Pledge forms are available here. You can give here online.

Virtual Tour of Gloria Dei Lutheran
On August 9, 2020, we traveled virtually to Gloria Dei Lutheran in Dana Point. Our new sanctuary architect David Keitel of domus studio took us on a guided tour of Gloria Dei’s new sanctuary and pointed out the features that are similar to those being proposed for OCUUC. To view the video, please click here.

Video of Virtual Tour

It has been six months since our last Town Hall Meeting about the possibility of a new sanctuary. Last week was a tour of a similar sanctuary by our architect. If you weren’t on that Zoom call, please see the recording above. This Zoom Town Hall Meeting was recorded on Sunday, Aug 16, 2020 after the Worship Service. To view the video click here.

Video of Town Hall Meeting

Goals & Purposes for OCUUC's New Sanctuary

Develop a sanctuary that:

  • Provides worship space that is meditative, tranquil, spiritual, and inspirational
  • Allows for fostering growth of the congregation and increases our influence in Orange County
  • Promotes community outreach through church-hosted concerts, film series, educational opportunities, and lectures
  • Provides for opportunities to generate rental revenue by serving as a site for weddings, memorial services, etc. and for sharing worship space with other congregations.

The Campaign for Donations

Ways to Give to The OCUUC New Sanctuary Capital Campaign

OCUUC Capital Campaign Pledge Form

OCUUC Capital Campaign Stretch Pledge Form


Special Congregational Meeting January 19, 2020

“The Big Reveal” of OCUUC's New Sanctuary Plan

“The Big Reveal” of OCUUC New Sanctuary Plan on September 2, 2018 was an exciting milestone in the life of our congregation! David Keitel, AIA, principal architect of domusstudio architecture, presented proposed plans for the new sanctuary, followed by a Q & A.

OCUUC's New Sanctuary Task Force members are Linda Spery (chair), Karen Kennedy, Kathleen McFarlin, Nina Smith, Sarah Hunter, Don Martin, Dar Ritter, Barbara Morihiro, Tom Loughrey, Christy Montgomery, Craig Spery (architectural/construction liaison), Mary Smithberger, Bob Loeschen (advisor) and ex officio members Rev. Sian Wiltshire and board president Debra Quam.

domusstudio is one of the most experienced religious facilities architectural firms in Southern California. The firm has completed over 250 church projects over the last 32 years. They have collaborated with congregations of all sizes and denominations to create spaces which ultimately serve as ministry tools for outreach and growth as well as serving existing members.

Exterior sanctuary rendering 8/2018
Exterior sanctuary rendering 8/2018
Interior sanctuary rendering 8/2018
Proposed layout 8/2018
New Sanctuary Steps to Take