As we’ve noted before, changes are coming to the Chalice Lighter Program. Beginning next September, rather than awarding multiple smaller grants for each Fall, Winter, and Spring Chalice Lighter call, we will begin awarding a single large grant of over $10,000 to one congregation.
Our goal is to reformulate the program so that congregations can receive even larger grants for starting new fellowships, acquiring meeting space, securing a minister, religious educator, or other professional staff, or providing for outreach and public relations.
Smaller grants will still be available in the form of contributions of up to $1000 to Faithify campaigns (visit https://faithify.org for more information how Faithify is crowdfunding Unitarian Universalism).
So, for the 2019 Spring Call—the last call to give out multiple grants—the MidAmerica Region Chalice Lighter Committee is pleased to announce that these three congregations have been chosen to receive Chalice Lighter grants:
The Hopedale UU Community in Oxford, Ohio, to assist the congregation in completing basic renovation improvements in their basement religious education area.
The Berrien UU Fellowship in St Joseph, Michigan, to invest in their music ministry by increasing the music budget and creating a paid Music Director position.
The All Souls Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to reach out to the greater community by providing a way to strengthen people’s faith by making available a labyrinth for them to explore in a quiet environment.
For this year’s Spring Call, please donate by June 15, 2019.
As usual, there are several ways you can participate in the Chalice Lighter program, with four suggested levels of donation:
$20 Believer $100 Benefactor
$50 Builder $250 Beacon
These are amounts that would be donated three times each year upon receipt of the Call Letter in Fall, Winter and Spring.
If you’d prefer, for tax purposes, to make one donation per year ($60 minimum donation to be divided among the next three Calls) you can send a check now, and we will hold the funds and divide them equally across the three Calls. If you want to make an annual donation, please be sure to note “Annual” in the memo line of your check. To donate:
- You can DONATE ONLINE or
- Write a check out to MidAmerica Region. Please note “Chalice Lighters Spring 2019 Call” or “Annual Donation” in the memo line and mail it to the MidAmerica Region, 2355 Fairview Avenue #312, Roseville, MN 55113.
Thank you again for your generosity!
Rev. Phillip Lund and the Chalice Lighter Committee