Every year, the Board of Trustees shares a draft budget with the congregation at meetings in late April/early May. The board prepares a final version of the budget for presentation at our Annual Meeting, which this year is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at 11:30 a.m. (following the one 10 a.m. service). Below, you’ll find the presentation from the budget meetings, the proposed budget narrative, and the proposed budget summary.
Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Dan Berg and Sofi Ali write:
Good news: We’re happy to report that we’ve now raised nearly $4 million in pledges for our capital campaign, “Not for Ourselves Alone: Building an Inclusive Future.” Thanks to the many members and friends who have stepped up with early and inspirational generosity!read more
This past February, Imam Makram El-Amin, from Masjid An-Nur (Mosque of the Light), was our guest speaker in worship. Makram and I have been in a multi-faith Downtown Minneapolis Clergy Group for over six years. It was a joy to welcome him to First Universalist. Prior to his speaking at First Universalist, we had met a number of times to figure out how we might build a long term relationship between our two faith communities. His guest preaching was the first step, and we’re pleased to share what’s next. read more
Read the full issue of this week’s newsletter here.
Capital Campaign Steering Committee Co-Chairs Sofi Ali and Dan Berg write:
The Capital Campaign Kick-off Party on Saturday provided outstanding food, great live entertainment by Ann Reed and the Give Get Sistet, the DJ genius of church member Sacha Muller, engaging games and entertainment for youth and children, campaign insights from Revs. Jen and Justin, masterful hosting by board president Eric Cooperstein, and spirited conversation and conviviality all around. If that wasn’t enough, we had a tremendous progress report from the campaign steering committee: read more
On February 19, at a congregational meeting, we voted 221-0 to reaffirm our status as a Sanctuary Church, willing to house members of our larger community at risk of deportation. This vote reflects our public commitment to take a moral and religious stand, as we declare that no human being is illegal, and that as people of faith and moral conscience, we will not stay silent as families and communities are torn apart. This vote is but one part of our larger journey of education and action. read more