Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Your Board met at its usual third Wednesday time. In the opening words, Bob Mitchell likened the Board’s intention to revise the church’s governance while also dealing with pressing operational issues to the modern proverb “When you’re up to your necks in alligators, it’s hard to remember your original plan was to drain the swamp.”
Announcements included Kathy Parker reporting that our church’s chapter of UUs for Justice in the Middle East has been approached by the national organization with a request to support a Business Resolution to petition the UUA to "refrain from purchasing shares in companies complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights." Kathy also noted that our congregation must vote by January 31 on the following Congregational Study Action Issues: 1) A Conversation about Race; 2) Climate Change and Environmental Justice; 3)Corruption of our democracy; 4)Guns in our society. Members of our congregation can vote at: http://www.first-unitarian-pgh.org/csai2016
The Board discussed a preliminary summary of the Treasurer’s end-of-year report. Additional pledges have brought the annual giving total to $430,000. The final Treasurer’s Report for 2015 will be prepared by Ward and Bari.
Marty Lieb circulated a proposal to solicit donations to the church in celebration of a member’s or a relative’s birthday. The Board agreed to a trial for a year, with Board members taking the lead.
Marty also offered some ideas for prompting new and “millennial” members (those born between 1980 and 2000) to give generously to the church.
Rev. Herndon reported that he and the church staff have developed three general goals for this year:
- Moving toward a simpler way of being a congregation.
- Developing strong two-way relationships with the larger community.
- Developing a successful ministry with millennials.
He also noted that there was good attendance at the Christmas Eve services: 235 people at the early service, 260 at the later. He also reported that 31 people joined the Church in 2015, and 27 of those members joined in the second half of the year.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on February 17.