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Jun 2018

Shifting the Stewardship Conversation toward Genrosity

 
The last meeting of the current board met in Forbes Hall on May 8 with seven board members, Rev. Greg, and nine guests in attendance. Two board members were ill. Kikanza Nuri-Robins lit the chalice with quotes from Dao De Jing, the foundation of her spiritual practice. Four board members would be leaving the board including me (Patricia Wright), and this will be my last Splinters article. It has been a pleasure to serve the congregation. Others are Kim Miller, Jerry Gates, Kikanza Nuri-Robins, and Kit Shaw, who replaced Emily Hero in April. The new board took office immediately after voting at the Annual Meeting on May 20.
 
We welcomed new member Sherman Neusom.
 
The board gave tribute to the generosity of Dianne Fletcher Hoppe and Carl Hoppe for their $10,000 per year over five years support of the music program above and beyond their pledge to the operating fund.
 
Rev. Greg reviewed a survey of board members about how he should spend his time. Rev. Greg reordered some priorities that he deemed were trust-building priorities. His highest priorities are trust-building and leadership development, and he stressed that they are related.
 
Kit Shaw reported on the directions that the Stewardship Team is contemplating, which include aligning the pledge year with the fiscal year, and eliminating rollovers. While the intention was to inform the current board (and get their feedback), the board passed a motion to align the pledge year with the fiscal year. Kim Miller prepared a report with details supporting the motion and the notion to no longer use rollovers. These steps, when implemented, would require conversations with the congregation.
 
The real stewardship conversation is about values and vision. Rev. Greg has suggested that the stewardship team and the board participate in a new Stewardship/Generosity program from the Pacific West Region of the UUA. Institutionalizing a Ministry of Generosity will provide religious leaders with materials and support to shift congregational practices and transform culture to promote generosity in all areas of congregational life.
 
The board passed a motion to transfer unused board funds to the Second Sunday Supper. Other board actions included the appointment of Alicia MacLennan, Aubrey Sassoon, and Linda van Ligten to the Right Relations Team. Steven DePaul and Jeffrey Ellis were appointed to the Investment Committee.
 
UUSM board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and are open to all members. More details can be found in the minutes of each meeting, which are posted on the UUSM.org website in the “members only” section or by talking directly to board members.
 
UUSM board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and are open to all members. More details can be found in the minutes of each meeting, which are posted on the Board Documents page in the “For Members” section (member-level log-in required), or by talking directly to board members.
 
Patricia Wright