Fire of Commitment:
Sparking Courage, Sustaining Love
On Feb. 19, 2017, we begin our annual stewardship campaign. This year’s theme is “Fire of Commitment: Sparking Courage, Sustaining Love.” Drawing inspiration from our flaming chalice, this campaign aims to highlight how the church has promoted our values in difficult times. The flaming chalice has a special place in our history, reminding us of our community’s capacity for courage in the face of tremendous adversity and the enduring legacy of love.
After multiple years of ambitious increases to our fundraising goals to meet the growing needs of our congregation, this year’s goal is $312,000, only a 4% increase over last year’s target of $300,000.
The 4% represents basic increases to operational costs to continue the mission of the church. While this increase is considerably smaller than in recent years, an uncertain future for social services, health care, and other necessary costs of living will impact our congregation unequally. With this in mind, we are asking that everyone carefully consider their own personal finances along with the fair share guidelines to determine a pledge amount for the coming fiscal year that honors our values and acknowledges the growing inequity of the greater world around us.
To better reflect the variety of personal circumstances that our members are facing in the coming year, this year’s pledge cards will not include a suggested pledge amount. There is some amount of risk in doing so, as even a modest increase in our target must be met by increased pledge amounts and pledges from new members.
If you are not familiar with the fair share guidelines provided by the Unitarian Universalist Association, please take some time to review the information presented on the back of your pledge card (also available on the How to Pledge page) and discuss with your household members how your pledge affects your own budget, the budget of the church, and the injustices of your community.
Throughout the campaign, there will be a table outside the Sanctuary with pledge cards, informational handouts, and stewards to accept your pledges and answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions, or express any thoughts or concerns you may have.
– Jeffrey Richter, 2017-18 Stewardship Team Chair