Chris Sealy, Project Management Posse
Okay. We all (presumably) survived the holidays. If you’ve stood in a supermarket checkout line lately, you’ve seen all the typical January magazine covers about getting fit and getting thin and getting organized. Life is getting back to normal, right? And when you have a moment to ponder life you might wonder, what in the heck happened to the Making Room campaign to find a new campus for JUC? Did it fall into a black hole, or what?
No, Making Room has not fallen into any sort of cosmic chasm. Conversations and investigations continue. Searching continues. And heaven knows, lessons in patience with the infamous “moving at the speed of church” continue. Lessons in trust, too – trust that we’re doing the things that need to be done to try to find JUC a new, wonderful, affordable church home.
One thing we can report: the Design Criteria Document is this close to being finished. JUC member/architect Kevin Keady has amassed the remarks from numerous staff and lay groups on JUC’s space needs for everything from worship and music to hospitality to sustainability to justice/community work. Replete with charts, graphs and illustrations – not to the mention the results of congregational dot-voting on design ideas – this is turning into an impressive and extraordinarily useful tool for an architect…when that day arrives.