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Mar 2018

Board Tackles Budget Challenges

The board met in Forbes Hall on February 13 with nine board members, Rev. Greg, and nine guests in attendance. Jerry Gates lit the chalice with the thought that although we are different, our efforts are united.

There were no new members this month. The current membership is 314, with 17 members lapsed since the January board meeting.

Rev. Greg spoke of working hard and feeling tired but not giving up. A majority of the targets he has set (Worship, Pastoral Care, Staffing, Leadership Development, etc.) are on track or ahead of schedule; and Membership and Adult RE are making progress. But tiredness is likely to continue until there is a way to address (with the understanding and commitment of the whole congregation) the magnitude of needs that require the work of more than staff and, historically, just 15% of the congregation, to meet.

A lengthy discussion of the budget process and the projected minimum deficit of ~$60,000 for FY ’18-19 followed. Treasurer Kim Miller provided a comprehensive report on the deficit and possible scenarios to address it. Patricia Wright provided the status of the Committee on Money Reserves since its inception. A Town Hall meeting on the budget will be held on Sunday, March 18.

A lengthy discussion on the role of stewardship in addressing the deficit, culminated in a motion and the commitment of the board to have courageous conversations with the congregation and to make a three-year plan to develop a culture of high expectations and commitment.

UUSM board meetings are held on each second Tuesday and are open to all members. For more details, contact one of the board members or read the minutes and materials of each meeting, which are posted on the website in the “For Members” section.

Patricia Wright