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$1.35 Million Raised By Association Sunday
March 15, 2008 | by Donald E. Skinner
Association Sunday is a success, says the Rev. Stephen Papa, special assistant to the president for Growth Funding. More than 650 congregations held Association Sunday services from October through this ...

Association Sunday Campaign Continues
December 15, 2008 | by Donald E. Skinner
If you were unable to hold a special Association Sunday service on the official date selected, October 14, it’s not too late. Congregations may schedule Association Sunday services throughout the ...

Economy Poses Challenges For Congregations, UUA
March 15, 2009 | by Donald E. Skinner
These are hard but hopeful times at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, CA (310 members). It’s true the annual stewardship campaign was down 12 percent this winter. And it’s true there will ...

In Uncertain Economic Times Enthusiasm, Planning, Count for a Lot
December 15, 2008 | by Donald E. Skinner
Is the glass half full or half empty? Does economic uncertainty bring only problems, or could it also bring opportunities?Those are questions facing all of us in congregations this fall as markets ...

Jefferson Unitarian Church At A Glance
March 15, 2008 | by Donald E. Skinner
Money The median pledge per pledging unit at Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC) is $1,015. The average is $1,467. Members are encouraged to pay pledges by electronic funds transfer (EFT), and about 40 percent ...

Keep Up with Health Plan Changes at UUA.org
March 15, 2009 | by Donald E. Skinner
For changes in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Health Plan, which covers many staff of congregations, go to the UUA Health Plan website. Changes include moving from five-year to one-year “age ...

Office of Legacy Gifts Can Help Explain Giving
March 15, 2009 | by Donald E. Skinner
The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Legacy Gifts has fliers and booklets explaining topics such as charitable bequests, gift annuities, umbrella giving, and wills to help congregations in ...

Small Project Loans Available from UUA
December 15, 2008 | by Donald E. Skinner
Loans for small projects, ranging from installing an elevator or exterior sign to paving a parking lot or making emergency roof repairs, are now available to congregations from the Unitarian Universalist ...

The Future Is Now for Electronic Newsletters
March 15, 2009 | by Donald E. Skinner
Ah for the good old days, when a group of congregants would get together and fold and address a few hundred church newsletters, then lug them down to the post office. And wait two days for everyone to ...

Accentuate the Positive When the Economy Lags
August 15, 2003
Last spring media reports were full of an economy with sharp edges. The stock market was down, there were job layoffs, and there was a war on. It didn't seem like the perfect time to raise money. But many ...

Adding New Staff to UUA Health Plan
April 2, 2007 | by Donald E. Skinner
Q.  My congregation enrolled in the new Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) health plan late last year. Now we'd like to add a staff member. Is that possible?Yes, says Jim Sargent, UUA health ...

Annual Service Auctions Generate Cash, Sociability
July 1, 1998 | by Donald E. Skinner
At the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, VA (664 members), the joke about the annual service auction is that if it weren't for the auction none of the members would have a ...

Association Sunday 2011 Focus is Excellence in Ministry
September 16, 2011 | by Donald E. Skinner
Excellence in Ministry is the theme for the fifth Association Sunday, which gets under way October 2. Funds collected this year will be used to support Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministries in a variety ...

Books Focus on Church Leadership
November 1, 2010 | by Donald E. Skinner
As congregations head into the challenges of another church year, here are books that can help in areas of leadership and administration. All are available from the UUA Bookstore. Some have been around ...

Building An Endowment? If You Ask, They Will Give
June 1, 1999 | by Donald E. Skinner
Pennies and nickles from church school children, combined with larger donations from adult members, helped the endowment fund at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church in Bethesda, MD ...

Building Music Program Takes Vision, Time, Talent
June 1, 2000 | by Donald E. Skinner
Music feeds our souls and many of us wouldn’t stay in our congregations without it, but to do it properly takes vision, time, and talent. Ten years ago, when Tom Benjamin, a choral director ...

Buy That Special Item One Piano Key at a Time
January 1, 2002 | by Donald E. Skinner
Need a way to finance a special project? Do it one square foot or one piano key at a time. For instance: to buy a new piano, take the total cost and divide it by eighty-eight, then "sell" one key at a ...

Buying an Urban Building Beats Construction in Harrisburg
May 15, 2009 | by Donald E. Skinner
When the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA, needed more room, it thought it had just one option: a $6- to $8-million-dollar building expansion. That felt a little daunting in this economic climate. And ...

Canvass Resources to Create Generous Congregations
March 1, 2003 | by Donald E. Skinner
When the annual canvass season rolls around, we can use all the help we can get. Here's a rundown on books that will help canvass and capital campaign committees and others be equal to the task of fundraising. ...

Chalice Lighter Program Helps Dreams Come True
October 1, 2002 | by Donald E. Skinner
The idea Alan Egly had in the early 1980s, that many Unitarian Universalists (UUs) might be willing to contribute $10 occasionally to help a congregation that needed a boost, was a good one.Egly's idea, ...

Choosing vendors for your church using UU values
June 1, 2013 | by Donald E. Skinner
Congregations traditionally promote and encourage Unitarian Universalist values through sermons, religious education, and social justice work. Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minn., is taking its values ...

Church Investment Aim: Putting UU Values to Work
October 1, 1999 | by Donald E. Skinner
During the past 10 years the Davies Memorial Unitarian Universaslist (UU) Church, Camp Springs, MD (107 members), has invested $25,000 in donations and loans in the UU Affordable Housing Corporation, based ...

Church on Loan Helps Small Congregations
January 15, 2005
The Church on Loan Program of the UUA’s (Unitarian Universalist Association) Church of the Larger Fellowship provides many services to small ...

Church rentals support bottom line, promote mission
July 1, 2013 | by Donald E. Skinner
Many Unitarian Universalist congregations rent space in their buildings. Doing so not only helps out the community but gives the congregation some added income. Rentals—whether for weddings, meetings, ...

Church-Owned Parsonages Coming Back
March 1, 2003 | by Donald E. Skinner
Q. Is it true that church-owned parsonages are gaining in popularity? A. From the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Office of Church Staff Finances: The recent run up in real estate prices ...

 

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