Mr. Forester believes ministry to young people is
crucial to our Association's work, and to help keep these efforts strong, he's
arranged a gift from his charitable trust for youth and young adult ministry as
part of the Campaign for Unitarian Universalism.
"I consider it a small
gift in comparison to what I received," he says. "What I gained from LRY and
Unitarian Universalism in high school was invaluable. It's an integral part of
who I am."
He hopes congregations will reach out to young people and
keep them active in our movement. He describes his trust gift with a simple
word: "joyful.""It makes perfect sense, because this movement made an
enormous investment in me."
Growing up in Wausau, Wisconsin, Chuck began
attending UU youth conferences as a sophomore. Soon, he was planning those
"I discovered I was an organizer," he says,
Social justice has been a central part of his life. He chaired
the board of a human rights organization, served on the board of San Francisco's
public television station and helped raise over three million dollars to
establish a gay and lesbian center at the San Francisco Public
"Having been nurtured in a community of Unitarian Universalist
youth and advisors, social action came naturally-it was a natural response to
being honest about myself, and what was happening in the world around me. I
credit my LRY experience for that honesty."
It's clear that youth
ministry makes a difference in people's lives. Chuck's trust gift completes the
circle-having been supported in his youth, he can now help others. His gift will
strengthen the UUA's work to help congregations and campus groups serve youth
and young adults, and welcome many more.
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This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
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Last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2011.
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Chuck Forester with his dog Stonewall, named for the Stonewall Riots of 1967 that sparked the Gay Liberation movement. Mr. Forester lives in San Francisco, California.
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