Friday, April 8, 2016
Don’t miss this years’ Service Auction – our church’s biggest (and most fun) fundraiser – taking place on Saturday, April 23.
The Social Action Committee has received three different proposals for our church's next two-year initiative. These proposals are:
- Injustice in the Criminal Justice System (proposed by Ron Szoke and David Sutton)
- Food and Water Security: Environmental Social Justice and Fundamental Human Rights for Seven Billion People (proposed by Carolyn Knox)
- In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Examining White Privilege and Dismantling White Supremacy (proposed by Kristina Kahn with support from Kathleen Robbins and Millie Davis)
Please read over and think about these proposals. The congregation will vote at the annual meeting on which proposal to commit to over the next two year period. Your vote will help set the Social Action agenda of our church! Click here to read brief summaries of these three proposals.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
In 2011, the church took on a congregation-wide social action initiative to address the problem of hunger in our Community. After a successful two-year effort on hunger, the congregation supported a two-year Immigration Justice initiative beginning in 2014. Many members of the congregation have been involved in various facets of these initiatives. Energizing the congregation to work together on a particular social action theme has been extremely powerful and gratifying, and a great deal of good work has been done.
The Social Action Committee (SAC) is now soliciting proposals for the next two-year initiative from church committees, groups, and individual members using a simple one-page form. Complete the form online here. Please note responses are due by Sunday, March 13. The SAC will vet the proposals for feasibility, relevance, and accordance with UU principles and church goals. The proposals that have passed the vetting process will be communicated to the congregation through the eUniter, E-News, Social Action table handouts, and other means, to ensure that everyone has a chance to read them. If more than two proposals are submitted, we will have a preliminary vote to winnow the list of initiatives down to the top two. These top two will be presented and discussed at the annual meeting in May and a vote taken to select one topic for our initiative.
After the initiative has been chosen, SAC will work with the Director of Religious Education (RE), RE Committee, Minister, and Membership Coordinator to appoint a task force, separate from the SAC, to implement the two-year initiative. Work on the initiative will begin in September 2016 and end in May 2018. We look forward to reading about all of your ideas!
Friday, January 22, 2016
A Search for Committee Members, To Search for Our Minister
It is time for our congregation to select the people who will lead the search for our next minister as our Settled Minister Search Committee. During the last week of January, your Board of Trustees will be reaching out to all church members, either in person or by phone, to ask you whom you trust to take on this incredibly important task. We will use the feedback we receive to create the pool of candidates. So, if you get a call from the 217 area code one of these evenings, please answer!
The fiscal year is half over, and we are running a little behind our usual pace on pledge payments. If you have been meaning to send in your pledge payment, now would be a GREAT time to do it. You can pay by check or by electronic funds transfer by clicking here.