Friday, January 29, 2010
Pledge Campaign: Everyone's Favorite Time
It is definitely that time in the church calendar. Through random circumstances, I receive four different church newsletters. In each one, the minister's column was dedicated to pledging. Sure, they may have been couched differently, but they were all talking money. Thus begins the season of the pledge campaigns. I have spoke before how UUs don't necessarily feel a strong obligation to pledge a certain amount. I know many religious denominations suggest somewhere around 10 percent. I freely admit that we don't come close to that. But, we do pledge as much as we can afford. Why? Because we believe in our church and its mission. We want to keep the doors open, the mission to be spread, and the staff paid a living wage. UU congregations don't receive any outside funding. It is up to each member to do what they can. Some of you can do more then others, please step up! I really encourage you to look deep within yourself and your budget and pledge what you can. Obviously, money isn't the only way for a church to run. I don't want to discount the countless volunteer hours put in by dedicated members, but if you have the means, don't forget to budget for the place that provides a spiritual home to you and your family.