The impact of the recent economic downturn is being felt by all of our member congregations. It is important to remember and appreciate all those who make the choice to financially support their congregation, and those congregations that choose to fully contribute their Fair Share to the Annual Program Fund. Particularly at times like these, this is not an easy choice to make alongside the congregation’s other goals, programs, and priorities.
The First Universalist Church in Providence has 39 members dedicated to the perpetuation of our traditional Christian Universalist faith and the preservation of their historical downtown church building. Situated in the heart of downtown Providence, the First Universalist Church functioned as a prominent “neighborhood church” that proclaimed the liberal religious message of universal salvation. The congregation and minister, Rev. Scott Axford, are actively involved in the Universalist Church of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Council of Christian Churches (Unitarian Universalist), as well as the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Built in 1872, the ornate Gothic Revival style church building is an historic structure and meeting place for a variety of community organizations. The church is fortunate to have the support of an endowment to supplement the contributions of the members. The First Universalist Church has chosen to contribute at the full fair share level for an unbroken 18 years.
The First Unitarian Church of Providence, is also an impressive historic white stone building situated in the midst of Brown University. The First Unitarian Church community of over 400 members draws from surrounding counties, giving it a metropolitan feel. For the first time in its history, the church has pledged its full fair share support to the Annual Program Fund. In part, this is due to the congregation’s appreciation for the support and services it has experienced in recent years of ministerial transition. This fall, several members of the stewardship team attended stewardship workshops co-sponsored by the Ballou Channing District (BCD), one led by Wayne Clark and the other co-led by Annual Program Fund Staff and BCD representative, Rev. Bob Thayer.
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Last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2011.
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