Dear Church Community,
He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
This passage from the Prophet Micah is my favorite in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). In fact, I keep the large bible in our sanctuary open to it. As we move toward the mid-term elections, these words seem particularly important. What does it mean to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly” as voting citizens of the world’s most powerful country? I encourage us to think about this as we exercise our privilege and vote with compassion and intention next week.
Last month, as part of a push to Get Out the Vote, members of our congregation sent 750 postcards to voters in Richmond, Virginia! The campaign was organized by the Center for Common Ground, a nonpartisan voting rights group led by people of color and coordinated through the UCC’s Central Atlantic Conference. Ashley Holst, our Mission & Social Action Chair, and Sam Maruca wrote more than 100 postcards each. (Photos: Ashley and Allen H)
It’s time for our annual Stewardship Campaign. Our leadership team has prepared a pledge packet that highlights the activities of our beloved church community and is being sent out via post and email this week. Aside from the facility use fees we receive from KinderHaus (the daycare downstairs) and a few other groups, our church budget depends solely on pledges made by congregation members and friends. In other words, our church relies on our generosity. I invite you to ask yourself what this community means to you and what you’d like to do “next.” Please send me your answers!
We’re all grateful for this beautiful church, and it’s wonderful to be back after so many months (years) away. Did you know the care and tending of our 100-year-old building is managed by Building & Grounds Committee Co-Chairs, Katherine and Serena? These two super volunteers work with part-time Church Administrator, Meg House, to oversee repairs and maintenance. And they need help. After seven years in this role, Katherine is stepping down, and Serena could use a break as well. If you love our building and are even a little “handy,” please consider volunteering time to care for it. Email Serena at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year our congregation became a member of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) after receiving a grant from the UCC’s Central Atlantic Conference for work on housing justice. WIN is a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith, non-partisan, District-wide citizens’ power organization that was founded in 1996. Its current focus is housing and climate justice. In over two decades of on-the-ground organizing, WIN has worked with city-wide allies to produce over 1,300 units of affordable rental and homeownership units, with hundreds more in the pipeline.
As a member of WIN, our congregation provides financial support from our Mission & Social Action budget and is encouraged to get involved with WIN advocacy. This month we’re invited to support WIN’s efforts on housing and climate justice by attending their Annual Fundraiser on November 10, 7-9 pm, at All Soul’s Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St. NW. During this evening of celebration and community, members of WIN will share success stories and suggest ways we can engage and invest in this important work. There’s no cost to attend, but if you’d like to make a donation, please purchase a ticket here.
Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday. As we move toward the midpoint of autumn, I encourage you to stop and look around. Notice the leaves, the sky; feel the temperature; go for a walk, roll in the leaves. As we hurtle toward the holidays, let’s not forget to savor the moments. They matter. You matter. Carpe Diem.
Love and Blessings,