March 25, 2020


As we venture into uncharted territory of remote communication while COVID-19 keeps us at home, we want to provide an update on the Raise the Roof capital campaign.  

Raise the Roof has completed its formal pledge campaign resulting in over 125 pledge forms returned for a total of $590,770! We are exceedingly grateful to Donna Ensley and Wilson Sims of Sims & Steele for shepherding us through this process, to the dedicated Capital Campaign Steering Committee team whose diverse skills greatly contributed to our efforts and to everyone who worked on and participated in this campaign.   Each of us has been asked to donate as they are able and even stretch a little.  To those of you who pledged, your pledges are greatly appreciated.  For those of you who have not yet pledged, please know that pledges for both the Raise the Roof fund and Keepers of the Light annual stewardship drive will be gratefully accepted.  We envision topping the $600,000 mark! 

The total amount pledged to date enables UTBR to proceed with construction, so the Construction Committee has been diligently working with our contractor, Carolina Specialties Construction.  The scope of the work is being reviewed and fine-tuned based on available funds, with the needs of the building being prioritized.

The Finance Committee is actively pursuing the best construction loan from the three banks/lenders that had the most interest in working with us. They will provide commitment letters after we provide them with the final scope of the work.  The most advantageous financing will be finalized, and construction will commence as soon as possible.

We know that finances and economic resources may be uncertain at this time. Pledges are made over a three-year period, so even if there is concern about resource availability right now, let us maintain our spiritual, abundance practice, and our faith that this, too, shall pass.

The Raise the Roof campaign celebration scheduled for Sunday March 29 is postponed until we can all gather together to celebrate the fellowship that makes us such a truly special community.  Until then, walk in light and peace, be safe and stay healthy.  Meantime, we will use the weekly email/bulletin for continuing Raise the Roof project updates.

Know that in these uncertain times, our connections can strengthen. We may be physically isolated but never spiritually isolated.  Let us use this time to stay connected, to pray and to deepen the love and support we have for each other.

With deep gratitude,


Rev. Darlene Strickland                  Michael Winner                                               Jessica Ayala                                                 

Senior Minister                 Co-Chair Campaign Steering Committee         Co-Chair Campaign Steering Committee