Stewardship and Generosity
We say in our church that we are self-sufficient. What we mean by that is that we believe it is a blessing to be able to govern and support our religious community ourselves—to make possible by our generosity everything we dream of and do to live out our shared values.
~ Sunday Offering
Our church exists and thrives only because members and friends care enough to invest themselves and their resources in what we do. It is moving to see folks step up and stretch themselves in new roles to meet major challenges. It is inspiring to see us reach out through Harvest, refugee support, Bear Clan patrols, and Share the Plate with frontline groups who transform lives. We are proud to be the home of community leaders. Remarkably, “we” have been doing this in Winnipeg, through thick and thin, since 1891.
How we fund and serve our community
The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg depends on pledges and gifts for most of its funding (refer to Budgeting 101 – Thinking about our 2023-2024 budget):
- A pledge is a statement of the total donations you intend to make for the operation of the church over a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
- Gifts can be made at any time to support our operations or special funds.
We also depend on committed folks investing themselves through volunteering and membership:
- Anyone can volunteer and there are many opportunities.
- Become a member to commit more fully to our community and share in democratic self-governance.
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is taking responsibility for fairly compensating our church staff, maintaining our facilities, operating our programs, and sustaining our commitment to our mission and what it can mean for the wider world and future generations.
Gifts of kindness, time, skills, passion, and money make visible the love and generosity that sustain our community and mission.