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Chalice Lighters is a program designed to help UUs throughout Prairie Star District be part of “lighting the chalice” for individual congregations: helping congregations to get started, or to get over that next barrier to growth. The program works through modest periodic donations from a large number of donors like you.
|You possess only a small light,|
but uncover it, let it shine,
use it in order to bring more light and
understanding to the hearts and minds
of men and women.
Give them, not hell,
but hope and courage.
|— John Murray|
(Universalist Preacher, 1741–1850)
- About the Chalice Lighters program
- How to Apply for a Grant
- Resources for Congregational Chalice Lighters Ambassadors
Call #1 for 2012-13: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, Davenport, Iowa
There’s always a bit of risk when a growing congregation adds another service. Will the end results be worth the additional time and energy required to make the new service successful? Or will those extra efforts become unsustainable before the hoped for results are achieved? These are the very questions our congregation in Davenport, Iowa is facing right now.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities (as they are now known) has embarked on an ambitious plan to reach out to the 350,000 residents in their region with our progressive religious message—and worship is the centerpiece of that effort. In fact, worship attendance is already on the rise in Davenport, with a 16% increase in the last five years, and a 26% increase in the last year alone. That’s why, after careful consideration, the congregation has added a second service this fall. And so far the attendance at the service has exceeded their expectations! But increased worship attendance does not mean an immediate boost in resources needed to sustain another service, like addition hours for musicians, childcare workers, and support staff.
The congregation would also like to augment their worship experience with visual elements by installing a large screen television, as well as purchasing a high-quality video camera to record sermons to post on their website and share with shut-ins.
Of course this all takes money. You can support the growth efforts of the UU Congregation of the Quad Cities by responding generously to this Chalice Lighters call. Your tax deductible contribution will help ensure the continuation of a vibrant and growing Unitarian Universalist presence in this part of our region.
Call #2 for 2012-13: to be determined
Call #3 for 2012-13: to be determined
Social Justice Fund
You have the opportunity to also contribute to the Social Justice Fund which makes grants of up to $1,000 to congregations for use in integrating social justice work into the active life of their congregation. Recipient congregations are expected to fund a portion of program costs. The intention of these grants is to build community awareness of UU values in action. Examples of programs to be funded are: workshops on self-sufficiency and welfare rights; nutritional weekend food supply for elementary students; UU Social Justice Empowerment workshops; micro loans; Green Sanctuary/Earth Ministry projects. You can help turn up the volume for our liberal religious voice by making a gift to this important fund.
To donate by check, please print a donation form. To donate by credit card, use the form below.