The Dawning Future

“A freedom that reveres the past,

But trusts the dawning future more.”

–Marion Franklin Ham

As Tranquil Streams

Singing the Living Tradition, Hymn #145


The UUA is looking for a new home. After 85 years at 25 Beacon Street in Boston, we have started a process of finding a location that allows the UUA headquarters staff to serve our movement better. We need a headquarters that is suited to a modern organization—a facility that supports collaboration, interaction, staffing flexibility and the use of modern technology.

Our headquarters on Beacon Hill was built for another time and for a different organization. Today our staff is split into two buildings a block apart, spread over 12 floors. The historic building at “25” needs millions of dollars of renovation and maintenance. Our meeting spaces are inadequate. We cannot get high speed internet to one of them without a large expenditure. Staff have no lunch room. The list goes on.

We envision a location where our entire staff is in one building, where we have a variety of gathering places for meetings of different sizes, where we are fully accessible, where we work with cutting edge technology. In short, we are looking for a headquarters that lets us serve you better.

We have consulted with our staff about their needs and desires. As we envision the space that would help us do our work, we have become excited about the possibility of moving. Indeed, even those originally most opposed to a move are enthusiastic about a new headquarters.

After a great deal of study of our future needs and our options, the staff presented a strategic plan to the board of trustees at the April board meeting. You can read a news story about it in the UU World.

At the core of Unitarian Universalism is an openness to new possibilities. Ours is a tradition that has embraced the new – new interpretations of scripture, new sources of religious inspiration. Our heroes and heroines have always been people who broke through old barriers of thought and social rules that marginalized others – people like Servetus, Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Theodore Parker, Susan B. Anthony, James Reeb. The best way to honor this tradition is not to worship these giants, but to emulate them. Our challenge is to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Once more it is time to “trust the dawning future.”

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