Owing to severe weather on January 23, the congregational meeting planned for January 24 has been rescheduled. Please join the lay leaders after the service on Sunday, January 31 for important updates about our finances, our building, and our settled ministerial search; no votes will be taken.
After the service on Sunday, February 21, we will gather with the Social Justice Ministry Team and Rev. Susan to vote on the proposed statement of support and outdoor banner for the Black Lives Matter movement. That vote will be followed by a conversation about possible concrete actions we can take in support of anti-racism work.
All are welcome to attend both sessions, but only members may vote on February 21.
Happy 2016! It promises to be a momentous year for our church, as we dig into our congregation’s potential after several years of introspection and transition. It’s so exciting to finally be at this stage in our journey!
The coming weeks will include important updates on our finances, the settled ministerial search, our programming, and our building. However, you might notice one important omission: we have delayed the launch of our annual stewardship campaign. The Board of Trustees and I are tremendously grateful for your generosity so far this year—we know that your gifts keep our church strong. We’ll be celebrating that commitment at a special service on Sunday, February 28—please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details about making your pledge for next year.
That said, we’ll have plenty to discuss before then: our gathering on February 21 will include a conversation and vote on our church’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Many members and friends have asked me about this in recent weeks, especially as we see our neighboring UU congregations pledging their support and after our own Connie Simon’s tremendous service, My Life Matters: Being a Black UU, on January 3.
I am grateful to all those who have reached out to me with their ideas, questions, and enthusiasm, and I look forward to continuing the discussion at our meeting on February 21. In preparation for that meeting, I wanted to share a few details about how we’ve reached this point and why I think it’s important now:
One of my favorite parts of being a Unitarian Universalist is that our faith and our community always challenge us to learn more and to engage more deeply with the world around us. I’m certainly not an expert on Black Lives Matter or on anti-racism initiatives, so I’ve been working hard to learn more about being an effective ally. If you would also like to learn more before our discussion on February 21, see below for resources that I’ve found helpful.