UUFA Receives Chalice Lighters Grant

The executive committee is proud to announce that we have applied for and received a Chalice LIghters Grant through the Ohio Meadville District for this round.

In August the board voted to approve that we move forward with submitting a Chalice Lighters Grant to help fund the replacement of our main doors. As our facilities team has  recently reported our front doors have served the fellowship well for nearly 50 years but are no longer holding up to building standards.. We  experience a large heat loss as it is impossible to insulate them properly.

The Chalice Lighters program is a way for UU’s to come together for a common need that a congregation in the district faces. Each member will receive notice of the program and be invited to donate to the current project. The program runs November 1st, 2015 through January 31st, 2016. Each congregation usually receives about $2000 from the process.

If you would like to learn more about the Chalice Lighters Grant program please visit this website.


A huge thanks to Patrick Gordon and the Facilities team for bringing this pressing need forward.

One Comment

  1. James Y. Tong

    Dear friends of the UFA,

    I am delighted to hear that you have received a grant to replace the main doors. The Fellowship building is a treasured landmark of Athens, I hope it will be protected and treasured when we are all gone.

    Forgive me for not coming to the Fellowship more often. This year I gave up driving a car since I am 88 and will be 89 in December, with the good intention of trying to write the stories of my family since I am the only one left of my generation.

    Among my numerous boxes of papers, there are probably papers and photographs relevant to the Unitarian Fellowship of Athens since my wife Harriet and I were among the founders and I was the first secretary to Walter Wright when he started to organize the fellowship and Harriet Tong and Margaret Trisolini were the first Sunday school teachers of the fellowship when Harriet and I were living on Wolfe Street. The Fellowship met at my house and church on Hocking Street for five years. Harriet and I were teaching the Sunday school for those year. I probably won’t be able to go through all my boxes of papers while I am alive since I can stop doing new things, while trying to write about my family. There are only 24 hours a day.

    Does the Fellowship have an archive and who is your current archivist?

    With my best wishes.


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