The featured image for this posting is the detail of a drawing titled “Many suns cannot penetrate the darkness” created in 1989 by the late long time Vancouver Unitarian member Daphne Naegele. Now, 30 years after Daphne created this image and posed this question, we are still faced with it — can Unitarian Universalism help penetrate the darkness? Part of the answer to this question resides in our capacity to sustain ourselves financially. To examine our options, the UCV board has created a task force to examine the many facets of this question over the summer and fall. Get in touch with Sheila Resels or Keith WIlkinson if you’d like to be part of this discussion.
The UCV Board established a Financial Sustainability Task Force (FSTF) in July 2019. The purpose of the Task Force is to review and strengthen the financial sustainability of the Vancouver Unitarian congregation in the face of reduced levels of pledging, possibly static membership growth, and the general decline of religious community across North America over recent decades.
The Task Force includes the following working groups and teams:
- Membership Growth Team
- Member Generosity Team (which includes the Canvass Committee)
- Legacy Team
- Space Use Team
- Transition Team
- Site Development Team
- Investments Committee
- Fundraising Events Team
- Risk Review Team
- Marketing/Fundraiser Initiative Team
- UCV Internal Funds Review Initiative
- UCV (ad hoc) Budget Committee
- Other working groups/teams approved by the Board.
These groups and teams are relatively self-directed and are guided by the recent working document UCV Financial Sustainability Matrix. The working groups and teams are expected to prepare reports in time for the board and the congregation to discuss them well in advance of the 2019 AGM scheduled for late fall 2019 when a vote of the membership regarding possible site redevelopment is anticipated.
For further information, or to provide support to some of these working groups, please contact one of the co-chairs of the Financial Sustainability Task Force (FSTF):
- Sheila Resels [email protected] 604-737-6097 (Board member)
- Keith Wilkinson [email protected] 604-838-5643