New Sanctuary Campaign

New Sanctuary Campaign


Thanks to a recent generous donation from the 2020 Environmental Film Festival, our Capital Campaign total is now $1,120,632 as we near the end of 2020. Gifts and pledges have come from a total of 108 current members, friends of the congregation, staff and former members, including 100% participation by the current Board of Trustees.

Over the past month members of the Task Force have held Zoom meetings with our architect and construction estimators to refine design and construction costs as we move forward. At present the team is revising architectural design elements and earlier estimates from 2018 to bring costs in line with our fundraising goals and prepare us for additional financing needs. Concurrently, Beth Syverson has done extensive research to define the scope of our AV needs that will allow the new sanctuary technology to accommodate both live and on-line worship, concerts and performances.

Speaking of our beloved Beth, did you know that she will celebrate her 20th year at OCUUC in 2021? How fortunate we are to have her heading our music ministry! Starting December 1, we are launching a special new sanctuary gift outreach to provide you the opportunity to show your appreciation for all Beth contributes to us as a congregation with her talent and hard work. Look for a red envelope in your snail mail to donate to the sanctuary fund in Beth’s honor. Also feel free to contact me for more information at

In closing, I’d like to share these words from UU Minister Rev. Sandra Fees with you as we continue to move forward with our fundraising drive:

“May this truly be a sanctuary for all of us, for those who have passed, who are already here and those who have yet to arrive, a place where we embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms. May open-hearted hospitality be our passion and custom, and may we cherish and ensure this building as a place where each of us has the opportunity to be heard, understood and accepted. May we invite full participation in religious life so that no one is left out of this beloved community to which we dedicate ourselves.”

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