... not just about caring for the present, but investing in the future.
We live in and by our web of loves and relationships, each lending support and strength to the other. The image of stewardship draws together the many threads of this web: the earth upon which we live, the elements of community we value, and the institutions that forward our values and provide services we think are important. Stewards are caretakers with a forward vision. They hold something in trust. They ensure that it will be there in the future for the benefit of others. Successful stewards not only protect, but help something to improve and grow. Their actions are
empowering. This is true regardless of whether we are stewards of the earth, institutions, people, or our Unitarian Universalist faith community.
Stewardship takes place at the intersection of our spirituality and our ethics. We both celebrate life and accept the responsibility to love and care for the gifts of life. Stewardship is about taking care of something we value and enabling it to grow. When we become stewards, we take responsibility and contribute our time, talent and treasure. Stewardship undergirds everything that a faith community does and calls us into deeper connection with each other.
We know that stewardship encompasses much more than financial contributions:
For Unitarian Universalists, the stewardship financial pledge is a celebration of the fact that the congregation is supported and governed by the people; it is a voluntary act of commitment. It is also a privilege. Participating in our Year-Round Stewardship program signals a shared commitment to the work of the congregation. For us at UUCFM we are transitioning and evolving our stewardship program to better meet the needs of the members of our congregation as well as the financial needs of the church. We are moving from a once-a-year, time-pressured "campaign" to a "year-round" program giving members options that better align with their lives. You are seeing these new aspects to our Stewardship approach at UUCFM:
We understand that many of our members have busy lives, filled with urgent demands on their time. We have created a new "Commitment Portal" as a convenient confidential way for members to pledge/renew their Stewardship Commitment to our faith community. Please take a few moments to complete the form at http://uulead.org/fairshare/ and to add your comments and feedback in the space provided.
May we know once again that we are not isolated beings but connected in mystery and miracle, to the universe, to this community and to each other." ~ Singing the Living Tradition