Our congregation exists because ministers and members have collaborated together for nearly 200 years. As members, you should feel proud to say "this is my church." You are, after all, the ones who own this enterprise that we call the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Society. As Unitarian Universalists, our heritage is one of “congregational polity.” We are part of an "Association" of Unitarian Universalist congregations, but we are not "run" by the people at UUA headquarters in Boston. I work for the greater cause of Unitarian Universalism, but I do it in the context of AUUS, and I am grateful to you for making this possible.
To be succinct, this works because we work together. Every success that we enjoy is the result of our cooperative efforts. Furthermore, we work best when we communicate effectively.
Over the next month, you will be hearing more about our annual stewardship drive. If you are responsible for any of the lines in the budget, please make sure that you and your committee get your requests in to the board before its March 13 meeting, so that they can include your input in the "Dream Budget." Our plan is to spend time getting the word out about our budget, so that all of your questions will be answered before our April 10th service. This will be a special service, when we will celebrate our commitment to AUUS by asking everyone to turn in their pledge cards at the end of the service. Then, we will enjoy a catered meal together.
As important as the stewardship drive is, we need to keep in mind that it is only one aspect of our work together. There are weekly services to put together, and plenty of other educational and fun-raising opportunities scheduled for this spring and summer.
See you in church!
Stan Sears, Minister