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.
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.’
Turning towards each other
A post-fire redesign of this San José, California, church feels like ‘getting a hug from the building.’
Rutland’s cozy coffeehouse
Dark wood and arched ceilings make for a dramatic performance space in a Vermont church.
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.
Quincy church, presidents’ tomb
Two U.S. presidents and their wives are buried in a Unitarian Universalist church in Quincy, Massachusetts.
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.’
Mount Auburn Cemetery, a Unitarian Universalist Valhalla
Visit famous UUs at America’s first garden cemetery.
Geneva: Sitting in history
An Illinois meetinghouse honors its past and looks to its future.
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.”
Connecticut churches share architect, dramatic flair
In Westport and Hartford, Victor Lundy designed dramatic expressions of mid-century Unitarian Universalism.
Seeing your sanctuary in a different light
Candlelight transforms a meetinghouse for Christmas Eve.
UUA moves into ‘Innovation District’ headquarters
New headquarters is open, modern, and environmentally responsible.