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Family Minister’s Forecast: Thundering Hordes of Youth, Renewing Rains of UU Generosity

Some church members are concerned that we may not be in covenant with our larger UU denomination and the local Pacific Central District.  That’s because the 2010-11 budget does not fully fund our dues to the national and local structures.

I think–with growth in our own awareness and generous giving–this fact will change. After all, last budget year we gave 105% of what we had projected to local not-for-profit agencies through our voluntary Sunday offerings.

Furthermore, I am heartened by the many ways we do support our district and the UUA with volunteer time, personal hospitality, and dollars.

We can always do more, but I am confident that we are in right relationship with all the other congregations in this free faith tradition.

From Oct. 22-24 this congregation will host 60 UU teenagers and adult advisers from all over our Pacific Central District (PCD) for the fall conference of “YRUU.”  They’ll be up early that Sunday to clean up, eat, and attend church!  If that’s not wild enough for you, wait till Nov. 12-14, when 60 middle school UUs come here for their own fall conference (called “MUUGS”).  We’ve sent handfuls of our own teens to YRUU and MUUGS conferences.  They rave about them.

Last year we brought in trainers for workshop days for youth group teachers and for teachers of the new Spirit Play model for RE.  UUSS subsidized the costs so members of other PCD congregations could come and learn with us.

Doug and I serve as officers of the UU Ministers professional association in the local district. He has led the chaplain corps at the UUA General Assembly, preached at our own District Assembly, offered case studies at Starr King School, and mentored UU seminary interns here.

I go to Boston twice a year to serve on a UU grants panel, the Fund for a Just Society.  I served on the Pacific Central District Board, and I continue on the PCD Growth Committee (as have some lay leaders of UUSS).  We have hosted some of those district committee meetings as well as a major PCD workshop on publicity and outreach (with a lovely meal, thanks to Dave and Patricia).  I attended the ministers’ meeting of the International Council of Unitarians & Universalists in Europe and plan to make a Partner Church pilgrimage to the Philippines.

There is a Unitarian minister couple from Transylvania studying at Starr King this year.  I hope to bring one or both of them here to lead a vesper Communion service on a December evening, in their old and lovely Unitarian Christian tradition.  Would you like to help me?

October 3 is UU Association Sunday at UUSS.  It includes a special appeal for donations to grow our churches and spread the faith. “We Are Better Together.”  Will you join me in making a special gift?
Will you show your team spirit for this vital and loving faith?

In the spirit,
PS:  Don’t miss the Connections Fair after both services on Oct. 3, and the Congregational Meeting after the 11:15 service on Oct. 17.


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