The Inventory of Our Surroundings

As part of UUFA’s Diamond JUUbilee, the 60th Anniversary Committee is celebrating our buildings, grounds, and art in April  (details). Our thanks to Diane Bridges for cataloging the life of our shared spaces.

BUILDINGS

Early meeting places:

1954 – 1962:  Known as Universalist Unitarian Community Church.  Members met in their homes, one year in the City Court Room, and in UGA dorm rooms, Temple Israel, Hillel House, Georgian Hotel.

1962:  Women’s Club Room on Prince Avenue.

1965:  Lumpkin House, now referred to as the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship.

Early 1970’s:  Chase Street Elementary cafeteria.  The Rev. Clif  Hoffman and his wife Kay Hoffman led the move for a larger building.

1972:  834 Prince Avenue.  The building was purchased from the Assembly of God.

1992:  780 Timothy Road.  Jim, Ann, and Alice Woodruff, among others, were instrumental in making this facility a reality.  The building was designed by David Osler.  It was originally planned as a two-story building with a tower.  The sanctuary was to be on the second floor, and the fellowship hall and classrooms below.  Jane King found the acreage when out walking.  Elizabeth Bishop-Martin, Ann Woodruff, and Virginia Carver were on the aesthetics committee.  Kay Giese was also or also helped with on the need/flow preliminary plan.

Pyramid:  Added in place of the original tower.  Original plan was for two stories, but the cost of the required elevator changed the plan.

SANCTUARY

Altar Table:

Made by Dr. Jim Woodruff in memory of John Garst, son of long-time members Edna and John Garst.

Chalice:  (Please share information, such as the sculptor’s name, if you know it.)

Minister’s Podium:

Made by Jim Woodruff

Tapestry on the Minister’s Podium:

A gift from our sister congregation in Okland, Romania, made by the women of that congregation.

Blue Pebbles:

Alison began this ritual as a way of including those who would like to share privately instead of during Joys and Sorrows and to allow children to participate.

Chime & Stand:

The chime we use most often (the original) was donated by the Worship Arts Committee.  It is smaller than the second one which was donated by Chuck Stammer.  There is also a three–tone chime purchased by Mary Jean Hartel which is used to call in people from the Fellowship Hall and foyer before the service begins.

The stand on which the chime sits was made by Jim Woodruff and was used in the sanctuary on Prince Avenue.

Stand & Miniature Labyrinth:  The wooden stand for the miniature labyrinth on which the Pebbles of Passion are placed during the sharing of Joys and Sorrows was donated by the Rev. Terre Balof.  Rosemary Wood created the miniature labyrinth.   The stones are donated by Rosemary Wood and others.  Previously, we lit candles for this ritual but began to use stones as a more environmentally friendly gesture. 

Silk Hanging behind the Piano:

Gift from Dan Everett and Kate Blane purchased in Malaysia.

25th Anniversary Plate:

Created by Ron Meyers.

Baby Grand Piano:

Donated by Despy Karlas.

REFLECTION

Memorial Garden Benches:  (near the Memorial Garden):

UUFA’s first minister, Clif Hoffman, his wife and their son John Lambert Hoffman returned to the earth beneath the benches and slates (the slates are under the benches).  The benches were donated by their other son, Charles.  Others whose cremains are deposited in the Memorial Garden include Despy Karlas, Edna Nigro and Larry Hamby.

Memorial Wall:

Designed by Julene Anderson.  Built by Bud Newton.  Dedicated October 27, 2013.   A gift to UUFA by anonymous donors.

Zen Meditation Garden and Pond:

Created by Chuck and Suzanne Murphy.  Dedicated May 27, 2012.

Primitive Labyrinth:  Currently closed.

The idea was conceived years ago in a Goddess Group program.  The labyrinth was completed in 2012 following Peace Camp.  The labyrinth was dedicated on March 17, 2013.

Visit the Building and Grounds webpage for detailed descriptions.                 

 ARTS

Memory Doors Entrance to Sanctuary:

The Plaque says, “With deep gratitude to Horace, Gladys, and Tom for their vision and generous support.”  November, 2002.  The doors and stained glass were paid for by funds from the Montgomery Memorial Fund.

Stained Glass Doors:

Terri Dale, the daughter of Edwin and Barbara Dale, made the stained glass with input by Virginia Carver and others.  The chalice is off center on purpose.  The seven “roundels” above the door represent the Seven UU Principles.  The four colors represent the four elements.

Seashore Photo in Couch Room:

Donated by John and Barb Schell, photo by John Schell.  Title: Florida Sunrise

Painting over the Usher’s Table:

Painted by Claire Clements and purchased by the Fellowship in memory of Dan Fowler.  Title:  The Great, Grand, Wonderful Ocean!!!

Vase on Large Table:

Made by Ron Meyers

Seven Unitarian Principles in Japanese Calligraphy:

Created and gifted by exchange student Yukiyo Yoshioka, hosted by Karen, Emily and Bob Covi.

Goddess Quilt:  (see printout and plaque beside the quilt)

Presented to the Fellowship December 24, 2006.  Each participant was asked to make a quilt square to represent an important moment, event, memory, or person in the maker’s life.  Find more information here.

Wrought Iron Sculpture near Building Entrance:

Created by Harold Rittenberry and donated by Mary Erlanger.  Title: Migration

Gateway Arch to the Memorial Garden:

Created by Dan Leissner, Barb Leissner’s son.  Donated and installed by them. Pictured here.

Orange Sculpture near the Memorial Garden:

Created by Bob Clements.  Donated by Phil and Nancy Hodge.  Title: This Awesome Universe

Four Pottery Panels under the Big Window:

Made by Alice Woodruff and gifted to UUFA in memory of John Garst, Jr., once hung in the building on Prince Avenue; also used to mark the cardinal directions in the primitive labyrinth.

Art in the Fellowship Hall:

Ron Meyers, DeWitt Smith, Catherine Hartley, Michael and Peggy Pitts.
Stained glass by Jim Woodruff.

GIFTS FROM OKLAND

Bookshelf with gifts and information from Okland:

See various gifts, tapestries from our sister congregation in Okland, Romania.

GREEN SANCTUARY

From UUA:

● Congregations and congregants working together to restore Earth and renew Spirit.
● Provides the framework for congregations to begin specific projects and activities that lead to recognition as a Green Sanctuary through candidacy and then accreditation.
● Invites congregations to embark on an exploration of what it means to live today within a religious community on an imperiled earth.
● Is a way for all Unitarian Universalists to join our efforts, both symbolically and explicitly in becoming stewards of the earth.

Learn more at the UUA Green Sanctuary program, Ministry for Earth,  and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light.

At UUFA:

The Green Sanctuary Team meets on the second Monday of the month, at 6:30 pm at the Fellowship.  To join our email list and get direct updates of our activities, go to www.lists.uuathensga.org and click on the Green Sanctuary Team. We welcome new members and new ideas. For more information, please contact Terry Jones

The Green Sanctuary Committee is building partnerships with the various committees at UUFA.  In our partnership with Buildings and Grounds, we are currently working to reduce energy and water usage at our facility, which will save us money as well as help the environment.  We are also working on attaining a “Wildlife Habitat” certification from the Audubon Society and creating a garden area where the Religious Education classes can learn about plants and “play in the dirt.”

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

The Buildings & Grounds Committee, chaired by Rosemary Wood, works to maintain and improve the Fellowship’s building and outside areas by coordinating skilled volunteers; setting special Spring/Fall Cleaning days for congregational involvement; recommending needed expenditures to the Board; and coordinating projects with the Green Sanctuary Committee, all to provide a safe, attractive, and ecologically sound environment for our Fellowship.

Any concerns about maintenance or recommendations for improvements are appreciated and should be tagged “Building & Grounds” and sent by e-mail to UUFA.

Playground:

The playscape was first constructed by members at the Prince Avenue location.  It was taken down, and after each piece was labeled, was moved and reconstructed at its current location.

The playhouse was donated by Jean Guard who won it in a Habitat for Humanity raffle.

NOTE:  We would like to make this list as accurate and complete as possible.  If you see errors or omissions, please contact Diane Bridges.