The Winter 2012 issue of UU World includes a pictorial feature on the UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (Freeland, WA).

The congregation is lauded for the artistic elements of its building, completed in 2008. Prior to its construction, the congregation met for many years in rented space.

The article includes photos of the impressive member-carved cedar doors leading into the sanctuary, a corner of the intimate art gallery featuring works of respected local artists (church members among them), the finely sculpted custom pulpit and the stunning fabric art panels hanging at the front of the sanctuary. Several members are quoted in explaining various features of the church.

“UUCWI’s building is at the top of my list for examples of beautiful small church homes,” said Janine Larsen, District Executive for the UUA in the Pacific Northwest. “There is delight in many small details, a feeling of welcome that shows through all the loving contributions of talented members and artists. The congregation had very high standards for this building, and they had a vision for how it would fit in its setting, inside and out. This is definitely one I recommend other congregations check out when they are considering their own building projects.”

You can find the feature on line at

Did you know that all members of UUA congregations receive subscriptions to UU World in print as a benefit of membership? If you did not receive your Winter 2012 edition, contact your congregation office! Subscriptions are maintained on-line by congregation administrators.

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