Each year UUFC Members and Friends come together to make the pledges of financial support that enable the UUFC to exist, and to serve as a beacon of liberal religion and the focal point of a vibrant community.

The 2017-2018 stewardship campaign began Sunday, February 12, and finished on Sunday, March 19, Pledge Sunday, when we turned in pledges together and celebrated our shared commitments and success. Your Annual Pledge is the single most important source of support for the Fellowship and nothing else in this campaign is more important than your continued generous contribution to the UUFC operating budget. However, this year, we also asked everyone to consider an additional three-year pledge, above and beyond the annual pledge, to help fund the transformation and improvement of UUFC’s facilities. If you have not yet turned in your pledge cardplease do so soon! Doing so helps us define exactly what will be in the building plan, and so that we can accurately estimate the 2017-18 Fellowship budget.

The pledge goal for 2017-2018 is $390,000, a 3% increase over this year, to support expanded staffing and outreach as we aim to be most effective in living out our values in today’s uncertain world. The $1.5 million Capital Campaign goal includes needed building updates, repairs, and enhancements, especially an expansion of the current social hall and kitchen. Coming together, joining in discernment, participating in Our Shared Future – together – will make us more resilient as a community and help us understand the value and magnitude of our shared efforts. This takes ALL of us, including you. Please consider a generous pledge.

Find out how you can fulfill your Annual Pledge and Stewardship Pledge here.

In 2016 many UUFC members and staff spoke about the importance of the Fellowship in their lives and for the world, in brief and beautiful video recordings, which are still inspiring and still available for you to watch.

  • UUFC Voices: An Inclusive Religious Community – videos featuring Rev. Jill McAllister; Program Council chair Wendy Sutton; Music staff Lauren Servias; and UUFC members Julie Graves & Kim Henry.
  • UUFC Voices: Explore – videos featuring UUFC member Monica Jacobson Tennessen; Director of Adult Religious Growth and Learning Ann Mbacke; Director of Religious Exploration for Children and Youth Michael Molk; and UUFC members Scott & Svea Bruslind
  • UUFC Voices: Act – videos featuring UUFC member Monica Jacobson Tennessen; DRE Ann Mbacke & DRE Michael Molk; Building Committee chair Nick Houtman; Climate Justice Committee chair Susan Christie; and UUFC members Scott & Svea Bruslind
  • UUFC Voices: Love – videos featuring UUFC members Nancy Kyle & Roberta Smith; UUFC member Carolyn Madsen; UUFC members Bill Lear and Jen Akeroyd; and Partner Church Committee chair Patricia Parcells

Pledging can be a spiritual practice – an activity we choose to engage in which, over time, helps us grow in wisdom, compassion and love. To pledge and regularly pay that pledge calls one toward greater generosity.

Each week we say together the words of our offering, “From the countless gifts we each have been given, gifts of life, and love, and sustenance, we bring these small portions to share in the works of love, which none of us can accomplish alone.” Our pledges are much the same: we each bring our portions, and together we share in the great works of love which the UUFC can accomplish. As a congregation and a community we can do more together than we can individually.

From Our Minister:

Jill1The UUFC is sustained by pledges, which are not the same as contributions. Contributions are always welcome, but the Fellowship depends upon pledges, which are commitments of financial support for our shared work.

The beautiful thing about being part of this community is that we support our work together, each according to their means and situations, yet all joining in. All of us. The most important part of this stewardship drive is that all of us participate, together.

If you are accustomed to simply contributing, I strongly encourage you to make a meaningful pledge this year. If you have never pledged before, let this be your good beginning!

Pledging to the Fellowship has never been more important, so take some time during our five week period of discernment to thoughtfully consider your pledge, and then make a pledge that signifies how and why the UUFC is important, to you and to the world. Make a pledge that you can feel good about, because you know you are making a commitment to your highest values. Make a pledge which makes a difference.

We know that the world needs us, and we know that we need each other in this work. Together we can accomplish so much more than any of us can accomplish alone. Thank-you for joining this year’s stewardship and capital campaign!

Jill McAllister

Where does our money come from, and where does it go?

Bar chart displaying proportions of budget income anticipated from various sources: 79% from pledges and donations, 4% from endowment interest, 6% from fundraising, 4% from charity collections, 5% from net rents, and 2% from miscellaneous sources.

Projected Income for 2016-17 Fiscal Year

Pie chart displaying expenditures for 2015-16, by major area of church programming: Minister 23%, Music 10%, RE 26%, Committees 2%, Denominational Dues 6%, Admin 18%, Outreach 5%, Building Reserves 1%, Building and Grounds 9%

Expenditures for 2015-16 Fiscal Year

As you can see in the first chart, the majority of our funding comes from our pledge drive. Your pledges are the bedrock of our budget – our plan for the coming year.

Our expenditures go primarily to staff salaries and major programs. We are the only Unitarian Universalist congregation in Benton County, the only place between Salem and Eugene where children, youth, and adults may engage in UU Religious Exploration. We provide a Unitarian Universalist voice in our community, and a place where we explore, love, and act together.

Explore. Love. Act. We gather as an inclusive religious community to search for meaning, build deep connections, and inspire action toward a better world for all.

Tending our Flame ~ Nourishing our Mission
* Ask yourself what you most value about what we do here?
* Ask yourself what you dream of us doing in the future.
* Now, ask yourself how you can stretch to support this vision and our mission.

Join us at the Fellowship on March 19 to make your pledge!


How much should I pledge?

This is a question for each family or individual to make personally.

The UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) has chosen the Fair Share Giving Guide as a way to give clear pledging guidelines at levels that can support thriving congregations. The goal is for everyone amongst us who is able to become a Fair Share Giver, which means pledging at least 2% of your adjusted annual gross income.