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Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation hold groundbreaking

From the left: David Rex (Richard and Richard Construction), Pete Bussett (Bussett Architechture) Michael Moracso (District 4 Council Member, Escondido), Paul McNamara (Escondido Mayor) Reverend Sharon Wylie, Marshall Fogel, President of Chalice Congregation, Jim Idell, Bob Nelson and Susan Spoto. (Photo courtesy of Stuart Holmes Photography)

Saturday the Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation held a groundbreaking for Phase 1 of its building and renovation plan. Mayor Paul “Mac” McNamara and City Council Member Michael Morasco were among the VIPs.

Phase 1 includes a new 2659 sq. ft. Multipurpose Building with 5 classrooms or meeting rooms, an office, and a kitchenette.  It also includes an expanded parking lot (increasing spaces from 39 to 49), and street improvements along Miller Avenue.  It is the culmination of a 7-year planning and fundraising process providing much needed space for this vibrant congregation, established in January 2000.  Almost $1.6 million dollars were raised which includes a $250,000 Spirit Level Foundation Grant.  Phase 2 will add space and remodel Chalice’s kitchen and offices and Phase 3 will provide a new sanctuary.

Chalice is a Unitarian Universalist congregation, whose name, Chalice UU Congregation, honors the flaming chalice, symbol of Unitarian Universalism.  Reverend Sharon Wylie is the congregation’s settled minister.

(Photo courtesy of Stuart Holmes Photography)

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