“Fundraising is as spiritual as giving a sermon, entering a time of prayer, visiting the sick, or feeding the hungry!”
— Henri Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising
So, what does this mean in reality? Stewardship is the year round care and support of all aspects of congregational life; once a year, in the early spring, we do a pledge drive in order to determine what our operating budget is for the following year. Gathering these pledges is deeply relational, spiritual work, because it’s a time for having conversations about what our community’s resources are and how we are going to share those resources to minister to each other and the larger world. A congregational budget is a moral document: a statement of how and where we put our money where our mouth is. It’s a financial statement of our mission and vision in the world.
This congregation is committed to being a fair compensation employer that lives into economic justice for the staff in its care – this means following the pay standards set by our CUC based on the wage index of our city.
We are also committed to having a safe, comfortable space wherein people inside and outside the congregation can gather to build relationships and launch their work, and this translates into building upgrades and utilities. Community groups like the Winnipeg Foundation support our choice to invest in improving our facilities as part of how we serve Winnipeg; they just granted us $20,000 towards the completion of our parking lot. This is a huge affirmation of not just our commitments to the community at large, but also of our leadership’s due diligence, careful planning, and financial accountability.
This is just a small taste of what our congregation does together every single day. How has First UU Winnipeg changed your life? What dreams do you have for our future? How are we going to keep changing the world together, for the better?