Dear MidAmerica Chalice Lighter,
This spring has been a difficult time for all of us as we—individually and collectively—have been forced to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. The good news is that our congregations have learned to conduct most (if not all) of their face-to-face events virtually. And while they’ve been doing a terrific job of using the internet to connect us through worship on a weekly basis, many of us miss spending our Sunday mornings worshiping together in the familiar spaces of our beloved UU congregations.
For our Spring 2020 Chalice Lighter call, we’re asking you to help support the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana, as they prepare for the time when their members will once again be able to gather on Sunday mornings to lift their voices—and spirits—in song. The congregation is aware that music is an essential ingredient to Sunday Services, spiritual development, congregational vitality, and intergenerational community. That’s why UUCCI is seeking to upgrade their professional staffing by increasing the pay for Sunday morning piano accompanists and by hiring a music director to lead regular choir rehearsals and performances on Sunday mornings. Through this Chalice Lighter grant, coupled with a strong budgeting process over the next couple years, the congregation will have the opportunity to discover how transformative—socially and spiritually—a music program can be!
We received five applications for the Spring 2020 Chalice Lighter call—all of them worthy of our support. Unfortunately, we could choose only one congregation to receive a grant. However, one of the applicants, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is moving forward with a Faithify campaign, which Chalice Lighters will support by donating 10% of the final amount their campaign raises, up to $1000. The congregation is seeking funds to support Roundtable Revival, an emerging nonprofit that has a vision of engaging various stakeholders and developing programming to better meet the needs of citizens on probation or returning after a period of incarceration in jail or prison.