UU Fellowship Groundbreaking, March 25, 2018
We were ‘spotted’ because Larry Petroff sent his photographs of the Groundbreaking Ceremony to Online Athens-Spotted (http://www.onlineathens.com/spotted). Here are some of his photos and the Press Release sent to local news outlets.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the $1.9 Million Expansion Project at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens
ATHENS, GA – The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, March 25, in anticipation of construction to begin on major additions and improvements to the Fellowship building and parking lot at 780 Timothy Road.
The Fellowship recently concluded a capital campaign, called “Expanding Our Vision,” that raised more than $1.3 million for the project, with a total cost of about $1.9 million. Construction will begin in early April and should be completed by fall.
The expansion will include an expanded glass-enclosed entrance; an enlarged Gathering Hall; reconfiguration of the sanctuary to provide additional seating and improved acoustics and audio-visual controls; a large multipurpose room; a conference room and administrative offices; two gender-neutral restrooms; and a landscaped parking lot. The project will better serve the Fellowship as well as many current community group users, including OLLI, UGA’s School of Social Work, and the Economic Justice Coalition, plus others wishing to use the facilities.
The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Fellowship minister the Rev. Alison Eskildsen and attended by Hank Houser of Houser Walker Architecture and Drew Wren of CloverLeaf Group. The event included drumming by UUFA’s ‘Palms of Fire’ and choir members singing “On Holy Ground” by Amy Carol Webb. Fellowship children and adults helped close the ceremony by blowing bubbles to bless the construction area and its workers. Rev. Eskildsen observed, “This event highlights many years of growth in the Fellowship, and the facilities have constrained our numerous activities. This expansion will better serve our mission to be a place for those seeking a community that shares common values while it embraces diverse answers to common religious questions.”
Founded in 1954, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has more than 260 members and provides a liberal religious alternative for Athens. The Fellowship has occupied the current building since 1992.