Sharon Dittmar, Congregational Life Consultant
Welcome to our June/July issue of the MidAmerica Messenger! This summer we will be hosting Midwest Leadership School in Decorah, Iowa (July 14-20) and a Spiritual Leadership Retreat in Cincinnati, Ohio (August 3-8). We hope to see you there.
As of now, June 2019 is the last month for fundraising for the UUA’s Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Initiative (https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/promise-and-practice). In 2016 the UUA Board voted to contribute $5.3 million to fund black leaders in Unitarian Universalism in order to support ministry to black-identified Unitarian Universalists. This vote came with recognition of our collective need to mend our broken promises to black Unitarian Universalists and dismantle systemic white supremacy, which benefited white Unitarian Universalists for centuries. However, the full $5.3 million has not yet been raised. The original hope was that each congregation would raise $10 per member to support this bold measure. The website includes links to frequently asked questions, worship resources, and ways to donate for those who wish to contribute or learn more about how we can live our faith more fully.
Our next newsletter will appear in August. As always, be in touch!
In Love and Faith,
Reverend Sharon K. Dittmar