UUCDC Capital Campaign


To build for a better future, the church is embarking on a Capital Campaign—a congregation-wide effort to develop plans then fundraise for exciting, much-needed improvements to our facilities. These improvements will reflect our collective dreams and aspirations, grounded in the 2018 Facilities Improvement Team report and rooted in our mission.

Learn more about the Capital Campaign on this Webpage, where you’ll also find updates and ways to get involved. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the capital campaign by clicking here!  Have additonal questions or comments?  Contact Jenn Oglesbee (left) or Jean Wallace (right), Capital Campaign team leaders, at capitalcampaign@uucdc.org.

The Steering Committee for the Capital Campaign

This committee provides guidance and coordination for this major churchwide initiative. Committee members, who represent a cross section of leaders from teams overseeing the building improvements, fundraising, communications and church governance, are: 

  • Todd Johnson, Jane Seelaus (Building Advisory Committee Co-chairs)
  • Bill Clinton, Lori Rice-Spring (Stewardship Co-chairs)
  • Peter Cooke, Ann Seidman (Executive Team)
  • Mark Bernstein (Rally Team Chair)
  • Joe Miller (UUCDC Board President)
  • Reverend Peter Friedrichs
  • Jenn Oglesbee, Jean Wallace (Capital Campaign Chair, Vice Chair, respectively)

Also, special thanks to the Rally Team, led by Mark Bernstein, which provides communications for the Capital Campaign. Members are Rachel Ammon, Brandi Ernst, Todd Johnson, Sue Redfern and Jean Wallace.

Facilities Improvement Team Report

This May 2018 report summarizes the congregation’s hopes and dreams for what we could become and accomplish with better facilities. Imagine: a new kitchen to support church events and rentals… an air-conditioned building…more space for Religious Education and community events … quiet space for meditation or small group ministry—these are a few of the desired improvements among surveyed congregants. Read more about our priorities for facilities improvements with these two reports; 2018 Facility Improvement Report and 2018 Facility Needs Assessment and Improvement Report!

Next Steps Weekend Report

To strengthen our stewardship and prepare for a capital campaign, the church has engaged Unitarian Universalist Association consultant Barry Finkelstein. In October 2018, Barry visited church to conduct the Next Steps Weekend program, a series of meetings from which he developed recommendations for a successful capital campaign. The report provides his observations and advice to help us on our journey and notes that we have many strengths for a successful campaign, including: overall congregational health; committed, capable leadership and campaign teams already in place; and strong staff and a beloved minister who are committed to the project. Read Barry’s recommendations here.

Above: UUA consultant Barry Finkelstein presenting his findings during the Sunday service following Next Steps weekend in October.

Below: Church members attending workshops throughout Next Steps weekend to discuss our hopes and dreams to improve our facilities and advance the church’s mission.

Meet the Building Advisory Committee

The Building Advisory Committee, led by Co-chairs Jane Seelaus and Todd Johnson, is working closely with our contracted architectural firm (BWA) to develop design options to improve our facilities. The Committee coordinates these efforts with the Board of Trustees, church staff, and the Executive and Capital Campaign teams. Committee members are:

  • Jane Seelaus and Todd Johnson (Co-chairs)
  • Nathan Barcomb
  • Mary Clinton
  • Judy Cook
  • Dave Demarest
  • Mark Ernst
  • Erin Gallagher
  • Jason Glass
  • Samina Iqbal
  • Brad Randall
  • Bob Redfern
  • Peter Cooke (liaison to the Executive Team)

The Building Advisory Committee’s most recent Progress Report, presented at the January 27, 2019 annual meeting is available in summary here and in slide form here.

BWA Architects

In January 2019, the church formally engaged BWA Architecture + Planning, an architectural firm based in Philadelphia, to help shape our dreams into design options for building and facilities improvements. Read more about this important milestone in the Capital Campaign here.

Updated Timeline for the Capital Campaign

Since January, the Building Advisory Committee has been hard at work with the architects to develop plans to address the priorities in the May 2018 Facilities Improvement Team report.

To provide more time to finetune key details of these plans, church leaders have decided to extend the timeline for the planning process by a few months.  The Committee expects to have the plans ready to present to the entire congregation in early fall 2019.

The Building Advisory Committee will provide three design choices ("bronze, silver and gold"options), at the low-, medium-, and high-end of the church's expected fundraising capacity.  This fall, church members will have multiple choices, which will address much-needed improvements to the facilities and some maintenance work.  After a period of learning about the plans, asking questions and giving feedback, congregants will be asked to vote informally for the plan they believe is the best fit for the church.

Later in the fall, we will conduct a financial feasibility study to closely assess the church's capacity to raise funeds for the congregation's preferred plan.  Then, with congregational approval, we'll have a campaign kickoff next spring for the fundraising portion of the capital campaign.

The revised timeline means that next year's annual pledge drive (spring 2020) will be conducted at the same time as -- and in concert with -- the Capital Campaign.  Recognizing that the Capital Campaign will be a stretch for many people, additional information will be forthcoming on how each of us can give meaningful gifts to support both the Capital Campaign and the annual fund drive, which funds ongoing operations of the church.

Be Informed, Get Involved! 

This spring, the entire church community will have opportunities to review, discuss and share feedback on design choices for facilities improvements. Stay tuned for updates as we await initial design concepts from our architectural planning firm.