Unitarian Church Pastor John Cullinan looks up at the construction of his new church on N. Sage Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Participants in the Nov. 7 tour take in the views along the canyon edge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
The brand new Unitarian Church of Los Alamos under construction at 1738 N. Sage St. is beginning to take shape. Church Project Manager Rick Bolton led several hard hat tours of the new building in recent days.
“We’ve got the best views in northern New Mexico,” Bolton said during an afternoon tour Nov. 7. “Our hope is that by next year this will be the premiere facility for small to medium sized audio related events.”
Dale Arnink retired as the minister for the church in 2000 after 24 years. He has been working with the architects on the project.
“The architects (Mullen/Heller) have been very creative and good to work with and the construction company is really showing its colors … we’ve had very good luck with this project,” Arnink said.
Current Minister Rev. John Cullinan participated in the Nov. 7 tour along with Galen Gisler who is chair of the project steering committee. They explained that the church has been concerned about the need to renew or renovate its building for many, many years. A long succession of committees and working groups, starting back in the 1990s, have investigated the facility needs and options.
Construction on the new church is expected to take about 12 months.
“We started construction the 1st of May and by the 1st of May of next year we expect to move in,” Bolton said.
The local congregation is midsize, with about 150 active members and about 100 friends. They have an active Religious Exploration program with 50-60 children enrolled in classes from toddlers to high school. An Adult Religious Exploration Forum is also offered. During the summer, the church invites many outside speakers to explore a whole range of topics of general interest to the public.
The congregation is temporarily gathering at 195 East Road, Suite 101. For information, call 505.662.2346.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com