Building Dedications

Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta
The Church – The Judd House – The Drew House

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In far off times others will put their carvings beside yours,
and light candles where yours long ago burned away.
In their celebrations there will be a lingering of your questions and solicitations.
The rafters and pillars will remember your dreams,
And your children will discover the beauty of your ancient hands.
~ Keneth Patton

Here on the corner of Winthrop and Summer, we pause to honor the ancient tradition of communities gathering to name and celebrate what is most holy.

Early in the 19th century the liberal religious voice of the Unitarians and the Universalists began to emerge in New England. Here in Augusta, the Reverend Sylvester Judd and the Reverend Sylvester Drew became shepherds of our beloved faith.

In the two centuries that followed countless people of faith have loved our congregations into the future. In 1992, with the merger of All Souls Unitarian and Winthrop Street Universalist our common values and shared principles were woven together into a fine tapestry of faith.

Over the decade the bonds of this community have grown, stronger and deeper. The Reverend Drew described our Universalist heritage as a “faith which works by love.” In this decade the love of this community has been tested and rebuilt. With every nail removed, with every carpet torn up from the glue that binds, with every wall demolished and every floorboard stripped of its varnish, this congregation cared for their community. With every bucket of spackle emptied, with every gallon of paint spread, with every new window installed and with every bulletin board hung this congregation cared for their community.

An Act of Love, demonstrated as a community committed to each other transformed each building into a fresh bright and open space.

An Act of Faith, emboldened by dreams of who you are and how you would walk into the future you loving prepared the way so your children’s children will discover the unfolding beauty of their faith.

An Act of Devotion, lived out in hours of labor and love, you laid a new foundation in the walls and windows, so that the dove could fly in and the dove could fly out.

And so, we gather to dedicate the buildings. Let the Act of Dedication be begin.

From this day forward, our building here on the corner Winthrop and Summer will be known as The Church. It is here where we will gather as a community — it is in singing, in worshiping, in gathering for fellowship, in breaking bread, and in the caring for the youngest that we know who we are, who we are becoming and where we are going.

___{child’s name]____ we send you forth with the water made holy by our presence, by our witnessing, by our steadfast commitment to the goodness of humanity.             Go forth and bless The Church

From this day forward, our building at 71 Winthrop will be known as the The Judd House. It is here where the mission and vision of our faith community is carried forward by our minister, our staff and the leaders of the community. It is here where our chalice children begin to know the principles of our faith as they are lived out in their growing years.

__{child’s name}____ we send you forth with the water made holy by our presence, by our witnessing, by our steadfast commitment to the goodness of humanity. Go forth and bless The Judd House.

From this day forward, our building at 6 Summer Street will be known as The Drew House. It is here where our future unfolds in our religious exploration programs, youth and our children’s programs, in small group ministry and in the work of our committees who take up the mission and vision of our faith.

___{child’s name____ we send you forth with the water made holy by our presence, by our witnessing, by our steadfast commitment to the goodness of humanity. Go forth and bless The Drew House.

Let us line the sidewalk here and face inward to our beloved campus made holy by your hands, by your presence, by your commitment to witnessing and bringing to life our liberal religious faith.

Let us turn and sing ___{select song meaningful and known to gathered congregation}___

Benediction

May our doors remain open for all who enter.
May the citizens of Augusta know us a generous, kind and welcoming.
And may the faith which works by love ripple wide and far,
Now and forevermore.
Blessed Be and Amen.