Our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is beginning an exciting period of change. We envision a Unitarian Universalism that is growing and thriving, fully funded and working together to make a difference in increasingly diverse society. In partnership with our regions, districts, and congregations, we have been exploring new ideas on how Unitarian Universalism can be a catalyst for change in the world.
As we look forward to a bright future, we must rise to the challenge of funding the bold changes we envision. With that in mind, the Annual Program Fund requested contribution for FY2014 will be $60 per member, with an option of 4.3% of expenditures for congregations with 550 or more members. I hope that your congregation will join our vision and pledge to fully fund its contributions to your district and to your association.
Our aspirations as a religious movement require a strong commitment to annual funding. To facilitate this process, our staff and elected leaders are exploring the possibility of all congregations contributing based upon a percentage of their annual expenditures. We have been and will continue to seek the feedback of congregation and district leaders as we transition to a new funding program. During the next fiscal year, we will be partnering with the districts of the Southern Region on a joint funding experiment to test this new program and to gain insight from new methods of collaboration and funding. We will share what we learn along the way!
My colleagues in the Stewardship and Development staff group are here to provide information and assistance to help you with your planning. For more information about the Annual Program Fund and all the benefits it provides to our congregations, visit us online or email your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Peter Morales
President, Unitarian Universalist Association
“The pathway from scarcity to abundance is called community.”
— Parker Palmer