UUCD’s Stewardship Team encourages giving as a spiritual practice to sustain and expand our ministries and outreach.
That Means You!
Host: Your Stewardship Team
Sat., Feb. 2, 5-8pm, UUCD Social Hall
We are inviting everyone from the pre-born to our eldest members to join in the fun as we celebrate our generous, loving community. There will be games for the younger set after dinner. Your table hosts will choose a theme and a menu for the potluck dinner. Please RSVP ASAP so we can plan our event. Let us know if you’d like to be a host. RSVP to Jill Pickett.
*Unicorn image from our Evite invitation!
Board Announcement on Staff Salary Increases
Guided by our second UU principle, justice, equity and compassion in human relations, the Board’s goal over the next three years is to fulfill our collective responsibility to fair staff compensation.
On January 12th, the Board voted to approve staff salary increases for the 2019-2020 church budget. The increases are expected to total over $15,000 and would require a general 8% increase in pledges from the congregation. This level of support is important for us to honor our commitments to our professional staff.
The Board has been working with Morgan to give her a promotion and negotiate a new long-term agreement with her. We believe it is important to compensate her appropriately for her increased responsibilities. We will be bringing her salary up to the UUA guidelines over the next three years, as well as increase her professional expense allowance. In the meantime, she will work 80% time for her first year as a new parent.
Morgan’s presence has changed what our Senior Minister can do in the community, including working with the Immigration Justice Team and innovative programs outside of the congregation. Beth’s salary also needs to be increased to stay within UUA guidelines; we plan to do this over the next two years.
In addition to the ministers, Mandy Dawn Kuntz is the church’s only full-time employee. We want to bring her salary up to the UUA guidelines and propose to do this over the next three years.
The generosity of this congregation has allowed us to live our values and support our mission together. Please join our commitment to making this goal a reality!
Together, We Connect––Across Generations
–– Louise Conrad, 13 Jan 2019
I have only seen the Child Naming ritual once – maybe a year ago. I thought, “I hope my kids can be part it the next time they do this.” Why did I feel this way? Every service here begins with a statement that we honor the dignity of all people. But in a Child Naming, we call attention specifically to the dignity of children, and specifically to these children. We are openly saying that these children are held and supported by this congregation, and we value them as unique individuals.
It is important to me that my children hear this from us in unambiguous terms. This ritual is also a time to note our expectations of them because, as they grow up, they too are needed to sustain our community. This type of support, paired with expectation, is an important part of parenting, for Paul and me.
There is also a personal reason that makes this ritual special. I first came to this Church in 1992, to celebrate the life of my grandfather, John Conrad. I was 16. The next time I visited was in 2001, to celebrate the life of my grandmother, Charlotte Conrad. Their ashes are still here, buried near a tree by the parking lot. More recently, some of you have shared your own stories of my grandparents, Charlotte and John, as they were among the people that founded this church. Both, in their own ways, lived lives of service. They practiced kindness and respect, and they were so good at forging ties with people who were different than them. I am still trying to be more like them.
One of Grandpa John’s passions was photography. He took photographs of each of his grandchildren, framed huge prints of them, and hung them high on the walls of his “Sun Room.” These portraits were stunning revelations of each of us as individuals. My brother was studying a book with evident concentration. My cousin was smiling right into your eyes. My sister looked at you with a question on her face. As a little girl, I spent long minutes looking at each of these photographs and thinking, “Grandpa really knows us. And he and Grandma must really love us to put up these pictures.”
To me, the Child Naming ritual is in exactly the same spirit as the photographs in Grandpa John’s Sun Room. We are telling our children that we love them for who they are. Today Rowan and Emmett get to stand in the church that their great grandparents helped found, and be recognized as a part of this community. For me, this naming ceremony is a chance to do something for my children that was like what my grandparents did for me, my siblings, and my cousins.
For Rowan and Emmett, I know they’re already comfortable here. It’s clear because, when we’ve missed Church for a week or two, we hear about it, “How come it’s been so long since we’ve been to Church??” What better testimonial to their feeling that this is a home away from home.
Thank you for the chance for our family to take part in this ritual.