Regional Chalice Lighter Call!
We're pleased to announce our second annual region-wide Chalice Lighters call! This call will go to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende (a Southern Region UU congregation located in Mexico). Chalice Lighter funding, along with support from other organizations and individuals, will assist people who have been involuntary deported from the United States.
The UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende has a strong commitment to social justice issues. Over half of the funds raised by the congregation are given in annual grants to Mexican non-governmental organizations to address many issues of poverty critical to the community of San Miguel and the 150 rural communities which surround it.
The congregation has included $5,000 in their proposed 2018 budget for Caminamos Juntos (We Walk Together). Caminamos Juntos will be under the auspice of Celaya-based ABBA House. This new San Miguel-based program has a local Steering Committee and will actively use volunteers. The program will strengthen the safety, stability, dignity, and human rights of persons who have been deported and are arriving in San Miguel de Allende. Programs and services will provide immediate basic needs (shelter, food, and clothing) and continuing support with counseling, mentoring, documentation, and job referrals.
Contribute electronically (two options):
PayPal - via the UUFSMA website (http://www.uufsma.org/donate.html) or send to uufsma [dot] treasurer [at] gmail [dot] com
Zelle Interbank Transfer - send to uufsma [dot] treasurer [at] gmail [dot] com
Mail a check:
Payable to UUFSMA, with a memo line "Deposit in Acct. #610227587 for Caminamos Juntos" and mail to Frost Bank, Attn: Lorena Salazar, 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78209
Your generosity in contributing toward this Chalice Lighter call will help the UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende meet the challenge of restoring the hope and dignity of deported persons. We are grateful for your support of this Chalice Lighter call!
This Chalice Lighter call will end on March 12, 2018.
Chalice Lighters Background
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 goals. Chalice 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 (other healthy, innovative projects will be considered):
- 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.
Request for Proposals
Chalice Lighter proposals for each of our historic, geographical districts will be considered on a semi-annual basis.
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 or your congregation’s Primary Contact.