We are pleased to announce three award recipients of our 2015 Spring Call. The committee for the Regional Chalice Lighter program met via conference call to consider six applications. The committee is comprised of representatives from all three of the former districts. The committee is issuing this call to all who are signed up to be Chalice Lighters across the region. We hope that you will generously support the following congregations:
- The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, KS, to hire a full-time developmental minister with the goal of developing social action and greater visibility in their community. Their vision is to be “a bold model of love… a visible beacon of liberal religious messages… and builders of bridges across faiths…” They desire their new developmental minster to help them to transition to a full-time ministry model and to grow the fellowship in sustainable ways. This growing congregation is taking advantage of a new developmental ministry program offered by the UUA, and the MidAmerica Region is pleased to support their efforts.
- The First Unitarian Church of Wichita, KS to help hire a part/time, salaried professional organizer to coordinate social justice projects and to facilitate membership engagement. In 2014, this church made a commitment to step out into the community with direct service projects. Their increased social action efforts have activated their congregants and contributed to a growing, more diverse congregation. Their expectation for this new position is stronger relations in their local community and also among their individual church members, so that they can fulfill their vision “to be a visible community leader that promotes human equity and compassion…”
- Emerson Unitarian Universalist Chapel in Ellisville, MO to reach the goal of having a professional religious educator on staff on a continuous basis. This church has been through a number of changes in location and staff recently, which have resulted in a loss of income. They see their religious educator as a critical person to help them better serve the spiritual needs of their children and youth, to guide and support the RE volunteers and to spur the growth and vitality of the entire congregation. They need Chalice Lighter support to continue funding this crucial staff position through June 2016. Then they hope to be able to sustain it themselves.
We thank you for your support of the growth of Unitarian Universalism in the Midwest! Please see page 2 of this letter for more information on how to contribute and how to support the Chalice Lighter program in your congregation.
If your congregation does not have a Chalice Lighter Ambassador, please let us know (email Dori Thexton – firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can work with your leaders to recruit and support someone to be an Ambassador.
For this Spring Call, please make an online donation or send in your check by June 15, 2015.
You can make the check out to MidAmerica Region, with a note “Chalice Lighters Spring 2015 Call” in the memo line and mail it to:
MidAmerica Region, 2355 Fairview Avenue #312, Roseville, MN 55113
We deeply appreciate your generosity in contributing to the MidAmerica Chalice Lighter program. There are several ways you can participate in the Chalice Lighter program, with four suggested levels of donation. These are amounts that would be donated three times each year (Fall, Winter & Spring Calls) upon receipt of the Call Letter.
- $20 Believer
- $50 Builder
- $100 Benefactor
- $250 Beacon
There are several ways you can donate:
- Mail a check as described above
- Donate online
Lastly, we are hoping to move most Chalice Lighter notifications and donations to our online system, so please consider switching to use the online system if you are not currently using it.
Again, please know that we and the congregations who have and will receive Chalice Lighter Grants are deeply grateful for your generosity!
The MidAmerica Region Chalice Lighter Committee
Emily Jaycox, St. Louis, MO
Heidi Lackmann, Des Moines, IA
Karen McMillin, Oak Park, IL
Kathy Silver, Dexter, MI
with staff support from Rev. Phillip Lund and Dori Davenport Thexton