Relief Fund: Provincetown, MA Winter Storm Flood

Relief Fund: Provincetown, MA Winter Storm Flood

Crowdfunding Completed: March 9, 2018

Amount Funded: $13477

Project Owner: UU Meetinghouse Provincetown

Short Description of Project

On Thursday, January 4, the UU Meeting House of Provincetown was flooded by the incredibly high tide/winter storm combination which slammed Cape Cod a and other coastal areas. The 1847 building took on up to 6 inches of water on the first floor. Please donate to help fund the cleanup and recovery not covered by their insurance.

How was this project connected to UU?

Just like Provincetown, the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House is a singular and magical place. Housed in our historic and architecturally significant building, we are a warm, inclusive and diverse religious community committed to the principles of acceptance, compassion and love. While our year-round congregation is small, we have engaged the hearts of friends and visitors around the world. ​Every Sunday, in-season and off, people gather here in a spirit of acceptance and caring to search freely together for spiritual wholeness and responsible living.

Universalism came to Provincetown in 1820, when two little girls, Sylvia and Elizabeth Freeman, found a waterlogged book on the beach. They took it home and dried it out. The Life of Rev. John Murray, Preacher of Universalist Salvation swept through the town and transformed a community weighed down with the fear of hellfire and judgment with the joyous awareness of God's universal love for all beings. The power of acceptance and tolerance has informed this congregation's spirituality from its inception. The Church of the Redeemer (Universalist) was formed in 1829.

The name was changed to the Universalist Church in 1863, and later to the Universalist Meeting House. We outgrew the first building; our current Meeting House was built in 1847 (see About Our Building). The congregation grew and waned with the fortunes of our town. In the 1970s and 80s it was down to a handful of people. However, in 1985, the congregation, with the help of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Reverend Peter Fleck, called the Reverend Kim Crawford-Harvie as full-time minister. Kim increased membership as well as summer attendance before being called as senior minister to the Arlington Street Church in Boston. Since that time, the Universalist Meeting House has been served by a number of settled and interim ministers.

Our congregation has always served the needs of its community, whether housing an infirmary during the 1918 flu epidemic, starting the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP), or responding to the AIDS epidemic with the first dedicated AIDS Ministry, in 1995. During the summer of 2004 we helped over 400 U.S. citizens to register to vote. And we have been very active in equal marriage protection for gay and lesbian couples.

Full Description of Project

On Thursday, January 4, the UU Meeting House of Provincetown was flooded by the incredibly high tide/winter storm combination which slammed Cape Cod and other coastal areas. The 1847 building took on up to 6 inches of water on the first floor.

Thankfully the sanctuary in Provincetown is on the second floor, but significant damage and property loss occurred in the parish hall, offices, and meeting rooms.

At one point we were looking into the trap door beneath the church and saw fish swimming there!!!

The good stewards of the Meeting House had made sure to get flood insurance, but there is much that is not covered by the insurance, including the computer, phones, building contents, etc… and there is also a deductible to be paid.

Throughout this ordeal the staff and congregation in Provincetown have been so heartened by all the support of their extended community. Thank you all for your well wishes and offers of help! And, if you are able, donations of any amount will be gratefully received to help with the costs of flood recovery.
Important Note: This is a special DISASTER RELIEF campaign. All pledges will be processed immediately. This will give the congregation access to desperately needed funds as soon as possible.
Thank you for helping our vibrant congregation recover from this disaster!