At our January retreat, we saw an upsurge in interest in learning about diverse spiritualities. In response, the eNews posted a call for folks interested in working on new Adult Religious Education programs. Joyce Henricks, Hal Downs, Stacey Pattison, and Jodi Fisher stepped up and formed a committee!
Let any one of them know if you are interested in joining that committee. And if you have an idea for an adult RE program, pitch it to them! Later this spring, following our current “Building Your Own Theology” class, Hal Downs will lead a course exploring the notion of covenant in Judaism and Islam.
Nowadays, lots of the fellowship’s real work gets done in committees. Let’s work together. Spring forward and join a team! If you’re interested in social justice, contact Norma Bailey to participate in the Social Justice Coordinating Team. Interested in RE (for kids)—then let Mel Bailey know. Want to get involved in communication and public relations? Contact Sally Armstrong, chair of the Communications Committee. And there are other committees that would welcome your participation.
Some of us will be getting (again) stimulus checks that we do not, in fact, really and truly need. And so many others are struggling. It’s an ethical quandary. One possibility is to donate these funds to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. Drew uses this money to help anyone who needs emergency support—members, friends, and others who ask. Click the “donate” button on our website and you will see this listed as an option.
Another possibility is to donate your stimulus cash to UUFCM for the purpose of growing our endowment. Email Treasurer Terrie Robbie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for ways to do this.
Or donate to one of the many local charitable agencies that could really use the help. The Soup Kitchen, for example, is staying very busy during the pandemic, working to ward off hunger in Isabella County. There is also the Food Pantry, the homeless shelter (ICRH), domestic violence and sexual assault support services (R.I.S.E.), and others including the Care Store (health and cleaning supplies) and Clothing, INC.