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Spiritual landmarks

The Spiritual Landmarks column highlights how a congregation’s building expresses its values, brings the community together, and nurtures the spirit. Share your spiritual landmark: Submit high-resolution photographs showcasing your congregation’s worship and gathering spaces.

Artful space in Spokane

Artful space in Spokane

Many artful touches make the building and grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane memorable.

Sonja L. Cohen 9/1/2019 Fall 2019

Sustainable elegance in Iowa

Sustainable elegance in Iowa

When the Unitarian Universalist Society in Coralville, Iowa, built its new home, the congregation aimed to make it the ‘greenest church in Iowa.’

Sonja L. Cohen 3/1/2019 Spring 2019

Turning towards each other

Turning towards each other

A post-fire redesign of this San José, California, church feels like ‘getting a hug from the building.’

Kenny Wiley 3/1/2018 Spring 2018

Rutland’s cozy coffeehouse

Rutland’s cozy coffeehouse

Dark wood and arched ceilings make for a dramatic performance space in a Vermont church.

Sonja L. Cohen 11/1/2017 Winter 2017

First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa: connected to the natural world

First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa: connected to the natural world

Its floor-to-ceiling windows, views of the Ottawa River and hills, massive hanging lights, warm wood tones, and red upholstery inspire awe.

Sonja L. Cohen 2/20/2017 Spring 2017

Quincy church, presidents’ tomb

Quincy church, presidents’ tomb

Two U.S. presidents and their wives are buried in a Unitarian Universalist church in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Sonja L. Cohen 10/24/2016 Fall 2016

Connecting with the universe at UBarU

Connecting with the universe at UBarU

‘It would be hard to gaze at the magnificent night sky above UBarU and not feel some form of spiritual connection to the universe.’

Sonja L. Cohen 6/20/2016 Summer 2016

Mount Auburn Cemetery, a Unitarian Universalist Valhalla

Mount Auburn Cemetery, a Unitarian Universalist Valhalla

Visit famous UUs at America’s first garden cemetery.

Stephen Anable 4/18/2016 Spring 2016

Geneva: Sitting in history

Geneva: Sitting in history

An Illinois meetinghouse honors its past and looks to its future.

Sonja L. Cohen 11/1/2015 Winter 2015

A cathedral of trees

A cathedral of trees

Just off the coast of southern Maine, the chapel at Ferry Beach retreat and conference center is “a cathedral of trees.”

Kenny Wiley 10/1/2015 Fall 2015

Connecticut churches share architect, dramatic flair

Connecticut churches share architect, dramatic flair

In Westport and Hartford, Victor Lundy designed dramatic expressions of mid-century Unitarian Universalism.

Kenny Wiley 7/30/2015 Summer 2015

Seeing your sanctuary in a different light

Seeing your sanctuary in a different light

Candlelight transforms a meetinghouse for Christmas Eve.

Sonja L. Cohen 12/16/2014 Winter 2014

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