Places churches rent to meet

Perhaps not rent. But the following list is of churches in the Unitarian Universalist Association I identified that meet other people’s space. This is temporary-use space; I’m not including rented storefronts. In part, I wanted to know if the old stereotype of Unitarian-era fellowships meeting at the Y hold true — I’ve preached in one! — and to see if any of the home-based fellowships have survived. (One has; I’ve written about it before, but even they rent space occasionally.) I also to see what kind of space might be available for new churches.

Here’s the list of key words I used — yes, grep -f, for those who know. The first ones are searching for synagogues; the one at the end assume negation (i.e. “not fixed” “no permanent address”). Then I had to hand-filter false positives, like the various Community Churches and churches in towns named Templeton and Bethel.

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I would appreciate notes of corrections and additions. I will also add links to those congregations that have websites, as time permits. Active website links up. Have noted a couple of location changes. Now, sites for the hosts, where available. The best links I have found are up.

Juneau UU Fellowship Temple Sukkat Shalom 211 Cordova St Juneau AK
Kodiak UU Fellowship Allegro Arts Center 1220 E Rezanof Drive [map] Kodiak AK
UU Fellowship of Jonesboro Temple Israel [info] Fellowship Hall 203 W. Oak Jonesboro AR
Sedona UU Fellowship Sedona Creative Life Center 333 Schnebly Hill Rd Sedona AZ
UU Fellowship of Yuma First Presbyterian Church 598 S. 7th Ave. Yuma AZ
Live Oak UU Fellowship 1300 Grand Street (in the Home of Truth Spiritual Center) Alameda CA
Mission Peak UU Congregation First United Methodist Church, 2950 Washington Blvd. Cole Hall Fremont CA
UU Community of Lake County Kelseyville Senior Center 5245 Third Street [street view] Kelseyville CA
UU Fellowship of the Mendocino Coast Mendocino Community/Rec Center School and Pine St. Mendocino CA
UUs of Santa Clarita Valley Santa Clarita Valley Senior Ctr. 22900 Market Street Newhall CA
UUs of Petaluma Petaluma Woman’s Club 518 B St. Petaluma CA
UU Congregation of Whittier East Whittier YMCA 15740 Starbuck Whittier CA
UU Fellowship in Alamosa 330 San Juan Avenue (north unit of the Presbyterian Church) Alamosa CO
High Country UU Fellowship Summit County Comm & Senior Ctr. Peak One Boulevard Frisco CO
Namaqua UU Congregation Ferguson High School 1101 Hilltop Drive Loveland CO
Prairie Crossing Elementary School 11605 S. Bradbury Ranch Dr. Parker CO
UU Fellowship of the Farmington Valley The Ethel Walker School 230 Bushy Hill Rd. Simsbury CT
UU of Central Delaware Congregation Beth Sholom 340 N Queen St Dover DE
UU Congregation of Lake County The Woman’s Club [Wikipedia] 227 N. Center St. Eustis FL
Buckman Bridge UU Society Mandarin Community Club 12447 Mandarin Rd Jacksonville FL
Community U U Church Dudley’s Memorial Chapel 1108 North Dixie Highway (US Rt. 1) New Smyrna Beach FL
UU Fellowship of Sun City Center Temple Beth Israel 1115 Del Webb East Sun City Center FL
North Idaho UUs Harding Family Center 411 N 15th Coeur D’alene ID
New Garden Community Church – Unitarian Universalist United Electrical Workers (UE) Hall 37 S Ashland [street view] Chicago IL
All Souls Free Religious Fellowship Culltural Center 9351 Michigan Ave [street view] [residential?] Chicago IL
Gaia Community Shawnee Mission UU Church 7725 W. 87th St. Overland Park KS
UU Community of Frankfort 3rd Floor, Mc Clure Building 306 West Main St [possibly] Frankfort KY
UU Meeting of South Berkshire Claire W. Teague Senior Center 917 S Main Street [street view, but more tree view really] Great Barrington MA
Channing Memorial Church Northfield Elementary School 9125 Northfield Road Ellicott City MD
UU Fellowship of Southern Maryland Chesapeake Charter School 20945 Great Mills Road Lexington Park MD
Midcoast UU Fellowship Skidompha Public Library 184 Main St Damariscotta ME
Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton Brighton Education Community Center (BECC) 125 South Church Street [map] Brighton MI
Keweenaw UU Fellowship BHK Head Start Center 700 Park Houghton MI
UU Fellowship of Central Michigan ArtReach Center of Mid-Michigan 319 S University St. Mount Pleasant MI
Northwoods UU Fellowship Nisswa Community Library 5533 County Rd 18 [street view] Nisswa MN
UU Fellowship of West Plains Yellow House Community Arts Center 409 W Trish Knight St West Plains MO
UU Congregation of Tupelo Temple B’nai Israel 1301 Marshall St. Tupelo MS
UU Fellowship of Bozeman Bozeman Senior Center. 807 North Tracy Bozeman MT
UU Fellowship of Lake Norman Davidson College Tomlinson Res. Hall Conf. Room [info] Corner of Glasgow St & Patterson Count Cir Davidson NC
All Souls Church UU Walltown Children’s Theatre 1225 Berkeley Street Durham NC
UU Congregation of the Sandhills Pinehurst Executive Center 300 NC Highway 5 S Ste 7/8 Pinehurst NC
Thermal Belt UU Fellowship Tryon Youth Center Route 176N Tryon NC
Kearney UU Fellowship Campus Lutheran Ministry [map] 2715 9th Avenue Kearney NE
Dorothea Dix UU Community Crosswicks United Methodist Church Intersection of Church St & Ward Av Crosswicks NJ
UU Congregation of the Palisades Flat Rock Brook Nature Center 443 Van Nostrand Ave Englewood NJ
UU Ocean County Congregation Holiday Mall Shopping Center 734 Route 37 West [street view] [storefront?] Toms River NJ
Eastern New Mexico UU Fellowship Greyhound Arena, Classroom #7 Eastern NM University Portales NM
Brockport UU Fellowship Brockport Exempts Club 248 West Ave [street view] Brockport NY
Hornell Alfred UU Society Hornell Senior Ctr. 198 Main [street view] Hornell NY
Delaware UU Fellowship Peale Chapel, Hamilton-William Center Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware OH
UU Fellowship of McMinnville McMinnville Senior Center 2250 NE McDaniel Ln McMinnville OR
Wy’east UU Congregation Hollywood Senior Center 1820 NE 40th Ave Portland OR
Upper Delaware UU Fellowship Berlin Township Community Ctr. [map] 50 Milanville Rd. Beach Lake PA
WellSprings Congregation The Montgomery School (Bell Hall) 1141 Kimberton Road (Rte 113) Chester Springs PA
UU Fellowship of Lower Bucks Pen Ryn School 235 South Olds Blvd. Fairless Hills PA
Joseph Priestley UU Fellowship Members’ Homes Lewisburg Area Lewisburg PA
UUs of Puerto Rico San Juan Community Library Biblioteca BUCAPLAA Avenida Apolo at corner of Topacio Intersection of Rt 1 and Rt 199 Guaynabo PR
UU Fellowship of Beaufort Wardle Family YMCA 1801 Richmond Ave Port Royal SC
Black Hills UU Fellowship Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Ctr. 2900 Canyon Lake Dr. Rapid City SD
Foothills UU Fellowship Everett Senior Center 702 Burchfield St Maryville TN
UU Fellowship of Murfreesboro Center for the Arts N 110 West College Street Murfreesboro TN
The UU Fellowship of St John St. John School Community Room Giftt Hill St. John VI
Cedars UU Church The Island School 8553 NE Day Rd Bainbridge Island WA
San Juan UU Fellowship Mullis Community Senior Center 589 Nash Street Friday Harbor WA

8 Replies to “Places churches rent to meet”

  1. The Dorothea Dix UU Community in Crosswicks, NJ is renting from a Methodist church but they will be moving into their own building in the next month or so. I served as their quarter-time minister for four years. Good group of folks who do not fit into the upper middle-class demographic that some think is our niche. DDUUC taught me better than any other congregation that factory workers or truck drivers can be Unitarian Universalists. God bless them in their new home.

  2. First Parish in Brewster, MA, is meeting this year in a public school cafeteria — Stony Brook School down the street — while our historic building is undergoing preservation repairs.

  3. you missed a new fellowship (emerging congregation in the Heartland District) in a northern suburb of Cincinnati, OH who rents space from a synagogue that keeps kosher so can only bring vegetarian meals or snacks: Harmony

  4. We are a Lutheran Church in Hollywood, Fla., right outside of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. We are looking to rent out space to another congregation or organization that is interested. Please let me know if you’re interested.

    Terry Danger

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