He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
This Sunday marks the kickoff of our stewardship campaign, a time when each of us gives what we can to support and sustain the ministries and programs of this congregation. Many of us have complicated feelings about money, about not having enough, about having too much, about how we spend it, save it. Some of us may have read the story of Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers in the temple and from that may have inferred that money is a taboo topic for church. I disagree. In our current society, money is a primary way that we demonstrate the importance something has for us. We pay for what we need but also for what we want and for what we value. As a community of faith, we absolutely can and should talk about money and its uses. We don’t want to be ruled by money certainly, but neither should we be ruled by silence about it. So let’s talk. Let’s talk about what is most important to us at CVUU and about the financial cost of making CVUU run, and then let us share each of us according to our means to ensure that CVUU continues to thrive and grow.
In our worship service on March 17, I invited you to take a name of someone and to hold that person in your thoughts in the coming days. If you missed the chance to be part of that prayer circle, please add your name to the basket on the way in to worship on Sunday and take a name on your way out.
In our covenant workshop on March 10, we were invited to write down what we most value about Unitarian Universalism and this CVUU community. I created a word cloud of those responses, a visual representation of what you all lifted up. The words that came up most often frequently larger in the image. This is a beautiful picture of what is most precious to us. I look forward to continuing that conversation, of how we wish to move forward together with each of you.
Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU