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Many Ways to Give a Gift

By Rev. Peter Farriday

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The year-end holiday season is upon us again, and of course one of its many facets is giving gifts.

The noun “gift” has two main meanings. The first is what we usually think of at this time of year, gift as a present or donation. The second meaning is to possess a special talent or flair for something. And as we near the dawn of a new year, I’d like to request that you consider applying some combination of these to UU of SCV’s wellbeing.

Many of you already support the congregation’s ministry with regular financial pledges, for which I’m most grateful. And certainly, if you’d like to add a supplementary gift before year’s end, that would be wonderful. (It might also provide another tax deduction.) Yet by applying the gifts of your energy and skills to developing a fundraising event or program, you can potentially multiply the benefits to our community many times over.

So if you have a fundraising idea, and the willingness to help make it happen with the support of others, please let me or any Board member know. Because giving that as a gift could result in many people supporting the congregation by participating in what you create—and having fun in the process! And if you’d like to contribute in this way but don’t yet have a specific idea, doing a little research and letting myself or a Board member know what you discover would be a great gift in itself.

Another way to apply your gifts is as a Sunday morning guest speaker. The Board budgets money for speakers when I’m not leading the service. So if you developed and delivered a talk as a gift it would save the roughly $250 expense for that week. If four people did that, the congregation would save $1000!

It’s enjoyable and gratifying to share your wisdom with others—and if you like, to offer input on other parts of the service such as music. And remember that a Worship Host (the person who leads the service at which you would speak) will help walk you through what needs to be prepared.

So during this season of giving, I sincerely hope that you'll consider how you can best include your spiritual community on your gift list.

I also hope that the rest of this year, and all those to come, bring you and yours the gifts of health and happiness.

Beaucoup Blessings,

Rev. Peter Farriday

Guest At Your Table

Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for their work to advance human rights.

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) works with more than 75 grassroots partners in over
25 countries, and benefits thousands of individuals by promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental
justice, and protecting rights at risk. The UUSC's Guest At Your Table program celebrates this work by
introducing you to four of these individuals as your special holiday “guests.”

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's GAYT is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table

 

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Upcoming Services

Jan. 7: Who Is Getting Older?
Michael Hart
In his book Being Mortal, Atul Gawande suggests there are questions those of us who are getting older should ask ourselves. I had family-related reasons for asking those questions, but I see that they also relate directly to me.

Jan. 14: Dr. King, Visionary
Rev. Peter Farriday
On this day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day we explore this social and spiritual visionary’s prophetic call for peace and justice—and how his dream was (and still is) opposed by people fixated at lesser levels of consciousness.

Jan 21: We Are Marching in the Light of Love
Rev. Peter Farriday
Like “Marching on the Side of Love” did this same week last year, this service title plays on the name of a song in our Singing the Journey hymnal. It refers to the National Women’s March protest scheduled for January 20, 2018—the one-year mark of the last presidential inaugural. As in 2017, participants will share reflections on their protest experiences, and we’ll look at the vision set forth by the march’s founding organizers.

Jan 28: The Consciousness of Compassionate Community
Rev. Peter Farriday
This Sunday’s service explains how different levels of spiritual consciousness create differing social and political visions—and shows clearly that to create the beloved community extolled by Dr. King, “higher is better.” This leads into our February theme of “Love-in-Action,” which includes a Religious Exploration series on the visionary UUA Common Read book, Daring Democracy.

 

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