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NEW Southern Region UUA Chalice Lighter Program

The Southern Region Unitarian Universalist Association kicked off a NEW Chalice Lighter Program in late 2016, which allows individuals and congregations to support and be generous with one another to work on transformational goals.

What is a Chalice Lighter Call?

Chalice Lighter Calls are crowdfunded contributions given by committed Unitarian Universalist “Chalice Lighters” and Southern Region congregations. Anyone can become a Chalice Lighter – just join the Southern Region Chalice Lighter email list and respond with a contribution when a Call goes out.

The new approach continues to support personal generosity. Additionally, it encourages congregations to participate in Chalice Lighter Calls, by a “sharing the plate” offering or other special gift solicitation – because we know we are stronger together!

 

A Bit of Background

The Chalice Lighter program began in 1984 as a way for individuals to extend the UU faith by making a donation of $10 or more for three Calls per year.

The new program works similarly. There will be up to two calls for each of our Region’s historic geographical districts plus one additional call for a Region-wide effort each year – for a possible total of nine calls. The Chalice Lighter Team will notify us all of each Call. (We do not limit the number of calls a donor contributes toward, but anticipate most donors will give to the two calls for congregations in their District and to the one Region-wide call.) As before, each Call will have a launch and end date.

Many will still want to make individual donations. However, the Chalice Lighter team asks all Southern Region congregations also to host a special gift Offering as a way of pooling individual gifts and introducing the program to those who have not signed on personally. The reminder here is that we are an association of congregations. We covenant to support each other and our neighboring congregations with generosity and a nurturing relationship.

The Southern Region’s Chalice Lighter team – comprised of volunteers from each of the four historic Districts – will evaluate and select Chalice Lighter Call applications. In keeping with the times, all our work will be done via email and social media. The Chalice Lighter team will monitor each Call’s progress and receive a report from the congregation on its total receipts and how funds are being utilized.

 

  CLICK HERE to Become a Chalice Lighter

 

Frequently asked questions:

Do I need to re-enroll as a Chalice Lighter?

Yes, please do re-enroll! Doing so will be very helpful in updating our Chalice Lighter mailing list.

 We’ve previously enrolled in Chalice Lighters as a household. How do we do that now?

If you share a last name and share the same e-mail address, please submit one online enrollment.

If you do not share the same last name and/or do not share an email address, please submit an online enrollment for each member of the household.

Will I still receive snail mailed Chalice Lighter call announcements?

In an effort to conserve resources, all future Chalice Lighter call announcements will be delivered via e-mail only. We hope all Southern Region congregations will help in this effort by sharing with their members and friends news about all future Chalice Lighter calls.

 Are Chalice Lighters now expected to contribute to the possible nine Chalice Lighter calls per year instead of the prior three Chalice Lighter calls per district per year?

While contributing to all Chalice Lighter calls that speak to you is entirely welcomed, that is certainly not expected! We anticipate most Chalice Lighters will contribute to the two calls benefitting their historic, geographical district and to the region-wide call.

 We hope you and your congregation will join us in supporting the good work of our fellow Southern Region congregations through the Chalice Lighter program! Enroll now as a Chalice Lighter here!

 

What Projects Are Eligible?

Projects Eligible for a Chalice Lighter Call include UUA member, “Honor Share GIFT” congregations seeking:

  • To hire a first time professional religious leadership;
  • To acquire land/building or to build a new building;
  • To make ADA improvements to their current facilities;
  • To support an inclusive wider community social justice project;

 

 

The Chalice Lighter Working Team will review applications, select each Call, and aid in their administration. Each Call is sent to nearby Chalice Lighters and area congregations for funding.

The focus of our first Region-wide Call will be announced by December 1, 2016. The deadline for Call applications/proposals is November 15. The Call will be active December 2016 through January 2017.

A Call focused for each District will occur April through May this Spring. Applications for the Spring 2017 call will be accepted from March 1st – March 15th.

 

Your Regional Chalice Lighter Working Team is:

Sarah Ritzmann – Orange Park, FL Nathalie Bigord – Lawrenceville, GA

Mark Anderson – Austin, TX Margie Manning – St. Petersburg, FL

Peter Kandis – Hilton Head, SC Lewis Morris – Fort Worth, TX

…If you would like to join us in this rewarding work, please let us know!

Questions? Comments? Contact the CL Working Team at srchalicelighter@uua.org or your congregation’s Southern Region Primary Contact.

 

For more information at UUFA . . .

Contact Myrna Adams West at myrnaaw@bellsouth.net, UUFA’s Chalice Lighter Representative or Michelle Leebens-Mack, Connections Lay Minister at connections@uuathensga.org.