#GivingTuesday

How will you give this Tuesday?

The Naturalist John Burroughs wrote, “The lesson which life constantly enforces is ‘Look underfoot.’ You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Every place is the center of the world.”

We, at The First Universalist Church in Rockland believe in and heed the wisdom of those words. Part of what our congregation is, at its best, is a spiritual community center, a sanctuary that meets the deeply felt needs of those who gather inside these walls while also serving as a hub and a beacon for the wider community.

We take seriously the strands of the interdependent web that that weave us into community. We take seriously our mission to change lives, and to change our world. And we are looking underfoot in Burroughs words. We believe the great opportunity is where we are and so, this year alone, we have partnered with:

·      The Landing Place

·      OUT

·      AIO

·      Renew Rockland

·      MidCoast Recovery Coalition

·      Window Dressers

·      HOPE Healing Support Group

·      MidCoast Women’s Collective

·      MidCoast Peace and Justice

·      Climate Justice Stories

·      Hello Hello Justice Reading Group

·      Grandmother’s for Reproductive Rights

·      Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

·      Been a local high school AP testing site

·      Hosted cyclists from Bike and Build 

·      Maine Indivisible

·     The  Good Tern Co-op

·      Various AA groups

·      Depression Bipolar Support Alliance

·      Rockland Heart and Soul

We believe that Unitarian Universalism has a vital role to play on this hot, crowded, shrinking planet, and the First Universalist has a vital role to play in the Mid-Coast and the greater community. As the world sits poised between breakdown and breakthrough, we can provide leadership because we already have such a rich history of building bridges across difference. Central to our church’s and our faith’s mission is our strong advocacy for the inherent worth and dignity of all people, our willingness to turn toward rather than away from the harsh realities of the world, our courageous examination of how privilege operates in us and in the world, and our embrace of the call to do the work of justice-making and transformation.

This fall the UUR pledged to support the Black Lives of UU Collective - an organizing collective of Black UU’s working to expand the role and visibility as Black people within our Unitarian Universalism faith. - "As the BLUU Organizing Collective, we know that many Unitarian Universalist congregations may be wondering how they can support in times like this. Consider this statement a call to action for UU churches across the continent to open up your doors to Black community organizers free of charge to offer an explicitly Black space. If your heart is aching and you don’t know what to do, this is one meaningful way you can support Black organizers."

As you think about your charitable gifts this Tuesday, please consider making a tax- deductible donation to The First Universalist Church in Rockland, in supporting our Annual Appeal, or supporting BLUU. Your generous gift, joyously given and received, will help us look underfoot and to find and name and engage the great opportunity right where we are, to do the work of embodying hope in the world, as we live our way into our mission to change our lives and our world.

You can give online here

(please use the comments section to put "Annual Appeal 2017" or "BLUU")

All donations are Tax-Deductible.

You can also mail your donation to:

First Universalist Church in Rockland

345 Broadway

Rockland, ME

*Please use the memo line to put: "Annual Appeal 2017" or "BLUU"

 

Thank you. We hope this year treats you kindly and that we see or hear from you,
 - The First Universalist Church in Rockland, UUR