New Sanctuary Campaign


New capital campaign pledges and contributions to satisfy pledges made in the campaign's first phase continue to be received from the generous OCUUC congregation. As of June 2020, the amount pledged is $589,720, with $442,351 received (75%).

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. The Foundation cited OCUUC’s successful fundraising efforts to date as one of the deciding factors on awarding the generous amount.

Recommended Plan of Action for Relaunch of the Capital Campaign

In its meeting on May 26, 2020 the Property Use Group (PUG) discussed and voted to resume the capital campaign and new sanctuary planning, given the likely need for a much larger space to accommodate future worship gatherings requiring physical distancing and overflow. As a followup to the meeting’s outcome, a relaunch plan was developed by Linda Spery, with Sandie Martin providing counsel.

The recommended plan for the relaunch is based on the original strategic plan developed earlier in the year prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, which resulted in the plan for a joint campaign to be shelved and the capital campaign delayed to a later date to be determined. (The idea of a joint campaign was based on a recommendation made by our UUA fundraising consultant Kay Crider after her visit to OCUUC in September 2019.) In lieu of small group in person contact, which is not possible for the foreseeable future, the campaign will rely on contact via Zoom, phone and e-mail.

JUNE 2020

A presentation of the relaunch plan will be made to the annual meeting on June 14. Following the presentation, Linda Spery will reach out to the 12 “campaign leaders” who volunteered to undergo training to seek donations in the previous combined campaign. She will secure their commitments to undergo small group Zoom training and thereafter to do individual outreach to an assigned group of congregants to seek new capital campaign pledges and increases from existing pledges to move the campaign toward conclusion. The first phase of outreach to major gift ($10,000+) donor prospects (existing and new pledgers) will commence before the month’s end with Tom Loughrey and Linda Spery as campaign leaders for this phase.

Direct mail materials already developed for the campaign will be revised and individualized cover letters will be developed. The previously developed training document will also be revised. Contact will be made with Gloria Dei Lutheran in Dana Point about alternative possibilities to the previously scheduled “road trip” to view their sanctuary, which has architectural features similar to those proposed by domus studio architects for OCUUC.


The campaign materials will be mailed out to make congregants aware that they can be expected to receive contacts from the campaign leaders to discuss commitments to the campaign. Congregants will be assigned to campaign leaders for outreach and small group Zoom training sessions will be held with campaign leaders. At the end of July, the team will assess the results of the outreach against the campaign goal and continue followup. During the entire summer articles will be submitted to the REACH, the BLAST and website to update the congregation on progress.

For more information on about how you can support the capital campaign for a new OCUUC sanctuary or to ask any questions, please contact Linda Spery.

If you haven't yet made your pledge, please consider this an invitation for you to do so! Pledge forms are available here.

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