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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.

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

UUA moves into ‘Innovation District’ headquarters

UUA moves into ‘Innovation District’ headquarters

New headquarters is open, modern, and environmentally responsible.

Christopher L. Walton | 8/15/2014 | Fall 2014

Spiritual landmarks: Exploring Boston's churches

Spiritual landmarks: Exploring Boston's churches

Three historic churches are home to Unitarian Universalist congregations in downtown Boston.

Christopher L. Walton | 3/31/2014 | Spring 2014

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