Not for Ourselves Alone: Building an Inclusive Future
- Expand Welcoming Hospitality
- Enhance Worship Experience
- Ensure Inclusive Programs
- Encourage Future Ministries
Repairing, improving and making our home more accessible will deepen our presence in the city as a place of action as well as worship.
For more than 150 years First Universalist Church has raised high the banner of inclusion and hope. Now is the time for us to step boldly forward to invest in the future, firmly planting our roots in the city and spreading branches of love and healing to our greater community.
This Capital Campaign is the culmination of a five-year strategic plan and hundreds of hours of creative visioning by our Pre-Design Team. The proposed investment of significant capital will repair, improve and make more accessible our Dupont Avenue home, and deepen the church’s presence in the city as a place of action as well as worship.
Amid the divisive messages in our country, our Universalist message of justice, peace, and compassion is needed now more than ever. By investing together, we can strengthen the church’s Racial Justice and Faithful Action programs, create new and better ways to serve our children, youth, and adult members, and expand the ways our building can be used by outside groups who share our values.
Capital Campaign Info Sessions, Visits and Pledges
New! On Sundays, Aug. 27 through Oct. 8, we’re offering Drop-In Capital Campaign Info Sessions after each service! If you haven’t yet had a chance to sit down with a campaign volunteer – either individually or in a group – to learn about the campaign, please plan to attend one of these sessions! Find details under Upcoming Events.
The goal of our capital campaign is to meet in person with each member of our community to have a conversation about our vision for the future. After having a Capital Campaign Visit with a volunteer from our congregation, you’ll be invited to make both an annual pledge and a five-year capital campaign pledge.
Volunteer visitors have been reaching out to members to set up capital campaign visits. If you haven’t been contacted yet, you may request a visit here.
Building Project Moves Forward
With the capital campaign nearing completion in Fall 2017, we are now moving forward with plans for our building project and renovations! We’re excited to announce that we’ve selected Miller Dunwiddie Architecture (MDA) for the project.
Why Miller Dunwiddie? MDA has extensive experience in churches, education buildings, and restoration work. (In fact, three members of our project team worked on the recent renovations/expansion at Unity-Unitarian in St. Paul.) In conversations with MDA, it was clear that the firm highly values teamwork, consensus building, careful listening, proactive communication, transparency, and stewardship of resources. They share our values on equity, community, sustainability, and commitment to employees in the form of fair wages and strong benefits. MDA is a 100% employee-owned company, and has intentionally formed a diverse team of employees that currently includes 45% women and 16% self-identified minorities. The architect selection committee, board, and staff are confident that Miller Dunwiddie is an excellent fit for our project!
Read more about our team from Miller Dunwiddie here.
Below, you can review highlights from the focus group presentations, take a look at the executive summary from the focus groups, review the answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and more.
Request a Capital Campaign Visit
Testimonials & Stories from Members and Friends
Photos from our March 11 Capital Campaign Kickoff Party
Letter from Board Chair Eric Cooperstein 11/23/16
Focus Groups Executive Summary
October 2016 Focus Group Presentation Highlights
Frequently Asked Questions 12/19/16