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Inspiring Words to Say When Passing the Plate

Offerings: Remarks on Passing the Plate (Skinner, 2004), by Robert Thayer, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, is a collection of motivational articles, offertory words, and one song for use by worship leaders in congregations when taking the offering. Thayer said that some of the pieces grew out of his experiences in visiting black churches where leaders spend five minutes or so “bringing people out of worldly selfishness” and inspiring them to make larger contributions.

Available at the Unitarian Universalist Association Bookstore, Item 7193, $8, (800) 215-9076.

About the Author

  • Donald E. Skinner was the founding editor of the InterConnections newsletter for congregational leaders and a senior editor of UU World from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. He is a member of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Lenexa, Kansas.

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