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Chalice Lighters

 

We’re pleased to announce the first region-wide Chalice Lighters call! This call will support extending the Pledge to End Racism program from First UU Church of Richmond to all interested congregations in the Southern Region. This program is designed using a leadership development model so participants gain skills and develop competence in not only talking about racism, but in facilitating discussions about race, and then working together to organize Living the Pledge workshops for people throughout their community. Instead of just talking about racism, this program develops knowledgeable, passionate leaders who can do something to address it. The Pledge strengthens local antiracism efforts, brings congregations together with other faith communities with like commitments, and creates teams of people involved on the local level in making change in their own communities.

With generous donations from Southern Region Chalice Lighters and friends, the Pledge to End Racism organizers will be available to provide, at minimal cost, curriculum and consultation to fifty (50) or more congregations in organizing the Pledge to End Racism programs for their communities. This will include all the materials to develop Living the Pledge to End Racism workshops, select and train small group facilitators, and promote the program in your congregation and to your larger community – all with the goal of building a community-wide movement to end racism.

By spreading the Pledge to End Racism program throughout the South, Unitarian Universalist congregations can have a recognizable impact on the rise in racial tensions and division and can play an essential part in building stronger communities imbued with justice, equity, and compassion.

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This Chalice Lighter call will end on March 6, 2017.


A Bit of Background about Chalice Lighters

The Chalice Lighter program began in 1984 as a way for individuals to extend our faith by making a donation of $10 or more for three calls per year. 

Our new program works similarly, allowing individuals and congregations to support and be generous with one another to work on transformational goalsChalice Lighter calls are crowd-funded contributions given by committed Unitarian Universalist "Chalice Lighters" and Southern Region congregations. Anyone can become a Chalice Lighter — just join our Chalice Lighter email list and respond with a contribution when a call goes out. 

Our new approach continues to support personal generosity. Additionally, it encourages congregations to participate in Chalice Lighter calls, by a "share the plate” offering or other special gift solicitation—because we know we are stronger together!

The Southern Region’s Chalice Lighter team comprises volunteers from each of the four historic districts, and will evaluate and select Chalice Lighter call applications. In keeping with the times, all our work will be done via email and social media. The Chalice Lighter team will monitor each call’s progress and receive a report from the congregation on its total receipts and how funds are being utilized. There will be up to two calls for each of our Region’s historic geographical districts plus one additional call for a Region-wide effort each year—for a possible total of nine calls. The Chalice Lighter Team will notify us all of each call. (We do not limit the number of calls a donor contributes toward, but anticipate most donors will give to the two calls for congregations in their geographical district and to the one Region-wide call.) As before, each call will have a launch and end date.

 

Which Projects Are Eligible?

Projects eligible for a Chalice Lighter call include UUA member, “Honor Share GIFT” congregations seeking:     

  • To hire a first time professional religious leadership;
  • To acquire land/building or to build a new building;
  • To make ADA improvements to their current facilities;
  • To support an inclusive wider community social justice project;
  • To support a newly affiliated UUA Member Congregation.

Some examples of Chalice Lighter calls: 

  • Adding shower facilities for a congregation’s homeless ministry;
  • Congregation's outreach ministry to the community;
  • Two congregations working in tandem to share staff;
  • Funds to bolster growth of a new congregation;
  • ... and more! Healthy, innovative growth projects rooted in congregations are encouraged to apply.

Request for Proposals

A Chalice Lighter call focused for each of our historic, geographical districts will occur April through May this Spring. Applications for the Spring 2017 call will be accepted from March 1st – March 15th.

Your Regional Chalice Lighter Working Team

 

  • Nathalie Bigord—UU Congregation of Gwinnett, GA
  • Mark Anderson—Live Oak UU Church, TX       
  • Margie Manning—UUs of Clearwater, FL
  • Lewis Morris—First Jefferson UU Church, TX
  • Larry Meisner - UU Fellowship of Beaufort, SC

 

...If you would like to join us in this rewarding work, please let us know! 

Questions? Comments? Contact the CL Working Team at srchalicelighter [at] uua [dot] org (srchalicelighter [at] uua [dot] org) or your congregation’s Primary Contact.

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For more information contact sr@uua.org.