Page 1 - Regional UU Assembly; Social Justice Digest; Announcements; Finance Committee Report; Ministerial Search Update; and Share the Plate for March.
Page 2 - Religious Education; Growth in OWL Training; and SAZCUUPS Updates.
Page 3 - NMD Volunteer Arrest Update; Related Editorial; Literature of the Borderlands; UU Article on Sanctuary; Journalists Fleeing Mexico; Atheists and Social Justice; Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes; and Speaker on Refugee Flow.
Page 4 - Arizona Action Alerts; Sierra Club Updates; and What's Congress Up To.
From Reverend Lyn Oglesby
These are days of great opportunity!
Spring is here, and cacti are blooming.
Your Search Committee is interviewing exciting pre-candidates for a new minister, to be called late this spring.
We had a terrific and profitable auction, thanks mainly to Barb Rica and Sandy Ongley.
The beam repair is almost completed thanks to Darlene Mathews, Chuck Gould and others.
The new Facilities Committee has walked the three buildings and the campus and listed all the repairs and needed “fixes”.
And the Stewardship Drive is half over, with excellent progress. If you have not yet turned in your pledge, please do so. We need to make some repairs, we need to move the new minister here, and we cannot budget without a firm idea of the amount we will have on hand.
A bright future awaits us, and your contributions will make it even brighter. Please do pledge now, and make a great future for UUCT even greater! This is your church. Please help make it even greater.
In faith, Reverend Lyn
March 4 - World Religions Class - Christianity (see page 2).
March 4 - New RE Teachers Orientation (see page 2).
March 4 - Social Justice Council Monthly Meeting, 12:30 pm, Reed Room in Goddard Hall.
March 11 - The newly formed LGBTQA group at UUCT will be serving sundaes on Sunday, in Goddard Hall, to introduce ourselves and encourage others to join us. We will be handing out 'Idea Slips' for anyone who has thoughts for growing and learning from one another.
March 13 - Speaking Event, "Conflict Dynamics and Refugee Flows" with Prof. Alex Braithwaite (see page 3).
March 18 - World Religions Class - Islam (see page 2).
March 18 - We're having a Meet and Greet for anyone interested in participating in the LGBTQA group, on the Patio from 12 - 1pm. Please come by, say hello, and bring your ideas for ways we can grow and activities you're interested in doing. We want to hear your thoughts for celebrating Tucson Pride in October, 2018.
March 18 - Literature of the Borderlands, Urea's Book, "The Devil's Highway" with Professor Chuck Tatum, 3 PM, Goddard Hall at UUCT (see page 3).
March 20 - Spring Equinox Retreat, 6 PM, Brick courtyard between Holland and Goddard Hall (see page 2).
March 24 - Parenting Club, 5:30 PM, Servetus Room off the classroom courtyard at UUCT (see page 2).
March 24 - Student March, 11 AM , Armory Park, Tucson. Check Facebook by clicking here.
Finance Committee Report
by Margot Garcia, VP Chair
The church finances continue generally to be on track despite spending more than we took in. In January, we deposited $55,389.66 and expended $63,498.60. The $8,108.60 difference was covered by the surpluses from earlier months. The cost of utilities including telephone, electricity, and security are about 20% ahead of what is budgeted for this period. Office Supplies, computer upgrades and software, as well as office equipment are also costing well ahead of budget. We did not need to use credit reserve. We have $51,699.05 in restricted funds (money from the OWL conference, $7,294.92, Reah Barrows’ bequest of $20,000, and $9,475 put aside for the Search Committee), and $4,717.12 in the capital fund. The endowment stands at $47,900.71. A deposit of $815 was made to honor Tom Watkins and that will show up in next month’s report. The income from the auction and paying your pledges will get us through the spring.
The Stewardship Campaign is underway. Turning in your pledge cards by March 4th will help us. After that, people will begin calling those who have not pledged to ask them to make a financial commitment so we can present a balanced budget to the congregation in May. We have already put together a draft budget that includes full fair share to the UUA and the District, increasing the RE Director’s hours from 18 to 24, and paying for moving expenses and an installation service for a new settled minister. To cover this budget will require about $270,000 in pledges, a 15% increase over the existing year. Increasing your pledge by 15% will show candidates wanting to be our minister that we are willing to support our values with precious resources.
We recommended and the Board approved using some of Reah Barrows’ bequest to put new carpeting in the RE classrooms rented by the Children’s Center, fixing the leak in the Goddard bathroom, putting in a shower, and replacing the aged electrical board so that the lights in the patio work. This will leave about $8,000 in the bequest.
As good employers we want to pay a fair wage to our employees. The UUA distributes a chart of wages it considers fair for different size churches in different geographic areas. The Personnel Committee recommends we use the UUA guidelines. According to their chart, all our employees are within the recommended wage ranges. However, many of us consider $15.00 an hour a living wage and our custodian makes $13.80 an hour after the 3% wage increase we gave in January. We may want to consider if we can afford to increase his hourly pay to $15.00. We will have to see how we do in the pledge drive and balance it with our other requirements.
In the office you can find a copy of the monthly financial statement given to the board.
Ministerial Search Update
We are on schedule! Our committee is in the process of getting to know our pre-candidates through informal gatherings, interviews, and sermons. The desires of our congregation expressed through the vision circles and survey are uppermost in our minds as we spend time with the pre-candidates. All of the ministers in our final pool of candidates offer great gifts, unique strengths along with human realities. We will be reflecting on them carefully in the weeks to come. We won’t be able to share information about our pre-candidates but will likely be able to announce our final candidate in early April.