Join us in repeating our building affirmation:
“We give thanks that Unity on the Bay’s right and
perfect future home is manifesting under the guidance of God.”

Update as of January 13, 2019

Dear Friend of Unity on the Bay,

Last summer we informed you that we expected to close on the sale of our current property in late 2018 or early 2019.  Time passes quickly and we are happy to tell you that we continue to anticipate a closing within the next several weeks.

Our original agreement with the buyer included a nine-month lease back that would allow us to remain in our present facility until September 2019. After several weeks of vigorous negotiation, certain terms of the deal were renegotiated to ensure we were able to keep the transaction on track in a real estate environment with increasing uncertainty. Specifically, the buyer needed to reduce the amount of time we remained on the property in order to alleviate strong concerns from their investors and start their development sooner.

In exchange for leaving six months early, we were able to secure significant concessions, including a higher purchase price and funds that will cover our rental expenses for temporary space for at least one year. The seller also released significant funds before closing that will allow us to continue our planning and secure temporary space.

In recent months it became clear that our long shot hope of moving directly into our new home was definitely not likely going to happen. The original leaseback arrangement also involved loss of our on-site parking and the take down of the Cameron House and possibly other portions of our current structure.  Remaining on the property for nine months without on-site parking would also have been a significant hindrance to attendance. When early departure was brought to the table, it made sense to eliminate the need to watch the slow demise of our facility. So in essence, as divine order would have it, the end result creates a win-win for both parties.

We will now be leaving the current property by April 1. This means we will need to relocate into a temporary space while we pursue plans for our permanent new home. We have already met with our friends at Temple Israel, located just a few blocks away at 19th Street and NE 2nd Avenue. We are finalizing the terms of renting their property for Sunday and Wednesday services as well as our Youth & Family Ministry programs. They also have very generous parking conveniently located adjacent to their facility.  We are also investigating options for rented office/classroom space in the immediate area.

Meanwhile, we continue working with our architectural firm in creating plans for our new facility.  

We will continue to keep you posted through our website, social media, and Sunday services.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns, please email board@unityonthebay.org.

Friends, from the onset of this historical project we have affirmed that God is orchestrating every detail.  We have total confidence that our affirmation is being confirmed in the current unfoldment of events.  Although our plans have changed, God’s plan remains perfectly intact.

We humbly and gratefully request your heartfelt prayers and support as we continue moving forward in faith.

In spiritual unity,

Eddie Dominguez, President, Board of Trustees

Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister       


Update as of August 2, 2018

Dear Friend of Unity on the Bay,

For the past four years, Unity on the Bay has been moving toward a vision for a new home that was originally birthed as a part of a strategic plan initiated in 2013.

June 4, 2015, became an auspicious day in the 90-year history of our community when the overwhelming majority of members present voted to approve a recommendation to sell our current property, utilizing funds to create a new home for our ministry as we move forward in faith toward the next chapter of our ministry’s long life.

Since then we have been working to move the sale to successful conclusion, a process that has taken far longer than originally anticipated. Based on conversations with the buyer, we anticipate a closing late this year or early next and now are able to turn to the search for a future site. 

The goals of this process are to acquire or develop a facility that fulfills our vision, secure the financial future of Unity on the Bay, and achieve a seamless transition to a new property with minimal interruption.

Each day we grow closer to the manifestation of the vision that originated after a lengthy process that engaged congregants, leadership and staff:

  • A highly-utilized community center open to all of Miami and beyond.

  • A peaceful meeting place for prayer and meditation that includes green space, water features, and relaxing ambiance.

  • A haven of spiritual liberation and celebration for gatherings of people of all faiths on Sundays, Wednesdays and other times -- meeting the need for flexibility in today’s busy world.

  • An oasis of inspiration suitable for retreats.

  • A premier spiritual venue of enlightenment offering special events, lectures, classes and workshops.

  • A place for children’s education.

  • A home to the performing arts.

  • A center for the healing arts; Reiki, yoga and others.

  • A comfortable retail environment in which to find connection with others, spiritual books and gifts.

  • A coffee and food service venue for community and fellowship.

  • A meeting facility that supports worldwide media with state of the art technology.

We are currently researching prospective locations, including some ideas and options brought to us by congregants.  Our objective is to identify the right and perfect location. As part of the the next steps, we will continue to engage the congregation in planning for our future home together with our architectural firm.

We remind you that the final decision for our new home is subject to a vote open to all members.  As has been our practice in the past, we will undertake congregational communication forums prior to a membership meeting, and advance notice will be provided to all those who wish to be present at the membership meeting in which the vote will be taken. 

We encourage you to keep this historical time in our community’s life embraced in your prayers, knowing that the very spirit of God is orchestrating our inevitable success.  Thank you for your love and support of Unity on the Bay.

In spiritual unity,

Eddie Dominguez,
President, Board of Trustees

Rev. Chris Jackson,
Senior Minister  


Update as of June 1, 2018

Dear Friend of Unity on the Bay,

It’s been awhile since we updated you on the status of our property sale.  You may know that the membership of our spiritual community recently approved a slightly reduced sale price.  This was the result of a survey that revealed the property was a bit smaller than what was in the public record, reducing the number of units that can be built on the property. The membership approved the adjustment with the vast majority voting to support the offer during the membership meeting. We remain deeply grateful for yet another confirmation of the mutual love, trust and respect that our community stands for.  

The buyer has notified us that they anticipate a closing by the end of this year. The Board of Trustees is moving rapidly to identify a new site and will soon present a plan to the congregation. The Board is also moving forward in forming committees and teams to support us in the creation of our future home.  After the current property is sold, we will remain at the current site for up to nine months. It is the goal of the Board of Trustees to move directly from our current property to a new facility without a temporary, transitional location in between. It is an ambitious goal, but one we believe is possible. 

While the proceeds from the sale of our property will be significant, we want to emphasize that no funds will be received until the closing is complete. It is important to understand that these funds will not to be used for the day-to-day operations of Unity on the Bay, but are earmarked for the purchase and development of a new property, transitional expenses, and the creation of an endowment to secure the future of Unity on the Bay.  

We mention this because some congregants have informed us that they have reduced or discontinued their financial contributions because they incorrectly believed that we had already received millions of dollars from the sale of the property. In fact, we have incurred significant additional expenses in legal fees. And we will begin to incur architectural and other fees related to the purchase and planning for the new site.

This is happening while tithes and offerings are down this year and last. In 2017, we experienced a $180,000 reduction in tithes and offerings, resulting in an operating deficit.  We have made staff reductions and increased facilities and parking rentals to help compensate and we would much prefer to avoid any additional cuts.

Thank you for holding your spiritual community in prayer during this historic time and for continuing to move forward with us in faith.  As you feel guided, please consider the personal value of our community in your life and consider increasing your support to sustain our ministry during this time of transition.

If you have any questions, please direct them to board@unityonthebay.org

In spiritual unity,

Eddie Dominguez, President
Board of Trustees                                                                   

Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister