Boston’s Arlington Street Church, one of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s best-known churches, has earned a coveted spot in the National Fund for Sacred Places, a national historic preservation grant-making program. Arlington Street Church is one of thirteen congregations from a field of 178 applicants chosen to participate in the program, which gives congregations access to hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore some of America’s most significant sacred places. The congregation plans to use monies from the fund to restore the full exterior face of the church, which sits across from Boston Public Garden.
Among the other 2018–2019 grant recipients is the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, the site of the racist bombing in 1963 that killed four black girls.
The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To date, the fund has supported forty-four projects in twenty-nine states, representing nineteen faith traditions and denominations.
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Elaine McArdle is a UU World senior editor and a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has also written for the Boston Globe, Harvard Law Bulletin, and others.
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