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BEACON February 2011 - Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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The monthly newsletter of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park, Illinios. www.unitytemple.org.
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BEACON
nity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
February 2011
I
 
’ve
 
been
 
thinking
 
a
 
lot
 
about
 
the
 
cold
 
lately.
 
Perhaps
 
you
 
have,
 
too.
 
A
 
temperature
 
in
 
a
 
single
 
digit
 
tends
 
to
 
focus
 
one’s
 
attention
 
in
 
that
 
way.
 
As
 
does
 
an
 
office
 
heater
 
that’s
 
blowing
 
cold
 
air
 
(mine,
 
briefly)
 
or
 
a
 
furnace
 
on
 
the
 
fritz
 
(as
 
some
 
of 
 
you
 
have
 
reported
 
in
 
your
 
homes).
 
Or
 
some
 
other
 
unwanted
 
circumstance
 
that
 
suddenly—and
 
painfully—reminds
 
us
 
that
 
we
 
take
 
heat
 
for
 
granted.
 
When
 
we
 
reach
 
these
 
extremes
 
of 
 
discomfort
 
and
 
chill,
 
it
 
suddenly
 
becomes
 
a
 
hot
 
topic
 
of 
 
conversation.
 
But
 
alas,
 
it
 
is
 
as
 
Mark
 
Twain
 
was
 
apparently
 
wont
 
to
 
say,
 
“Everybody
 
talks
 
about
 
the
 
weather,
 
but
 
nobody
 
does
 
anything
 
about
 
it.”
 
It’s
 
times
 
like
 
these
 
that
 
remind
 
me
 
to
 
pull
 
out
 
the
 
words
 
of 
 
Greta
 
Crosby,
 
wonderfully
 
included
 
in
 
our
 
gray
 
hymnal.
 
“Let
 
us
 
not
 
wish
 
away
 
the
 
winter.
 
It
 
is
 
a
 
season
 
to
 
itself,
 
not
 
simply
 
the
 
way
 
to
 
spring.”
 
In
 
other
 
words,
 
there
 
must
 
be
 
something
 
to
 
appreciate
 
here;
 
there
 
must
 
be
 
some
 
reason
 
to
 
pay
 
attention
 
and
 
find
 
meaning
 
in
 
it.
 
She
 
suggests,
 
in
 
part:
 
“Winter
 
dark
 
tends
 
to
 
warm
 
light:
 
fire
 
and
 
candle;
 
winter
 
cold
 
to
 
hugs
 
and
 
huddles;
 
winter
 
want
 
to
 
gifts
 
and
 
sharing;
 
winter
 
danger
 
to
 
visions,
 
plans,
 
and
 
common
 
endeavoring—and
 
the
 
zest
 
of 
 
nar
row
 
escapes;
 
winter
 
tedium
 
to
 
merry
making.”
 
Words
 
like
 
that
 
help
 
me
 
to
 
remember
 
the
 
 joy
 
of 
 
flan
nel
 
sheets
 
on
 
the
 
bed,
 
a
 
long
 
down
 
coat
 
that
 
feels
 
like
 
a
 
warm
 
hug,
 
coming
 
home
 
to
 
find
 
a
 
fire
 
blazing
 
in
 
the
 
fire
place,
 
the
 
aroma
 
of 
 
a
 
slow
 
cooker
 
dinner
 
lending
 
its
 
comfort
 
to
 
the
 
air,
 
and
 
so
 
on
 
and
 
so
 
forth.
 
You’ll
 
have
 
your
 
own
 
list.
 
If 
 
we
 
only
 
seize
 
the
 
attention
 
and
 
time
 
to
 
notice,
 
there
 
is
 
always
 
something
 
to
 
be
 
grateful
 
for.
 
If 
 
you’re
 
reading
 
this
 
column,
 
I’m
 
betting
 
that
 
Unity
 
Temple
 
Unitarian
 
Universalist
 
Congregation
 
is
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
things
 
that
 
you’re
 
grateful
 
for.
 
It’s
 
a
 
good
 
time
 
to
 
be
 
thinking
 
about
 
that,
 
since
 
this
 
is
 
the
 
time
 
of 
 
year
 
of 
 
our
 
stewardship
 
campaign—when
 
we
 
ask
 
you
 
to
 
reflect
 
on
 
how
 
much
 
UTUUC
 
means
 
to
 
you
 
and
 
to
 
make
 
a
 
corre
sponding
 
financial
 
commitment
 
to
 
help
 
make
 
all
 
that
 
we
 
do
 
possible.
 
Our
 
spirits
 
and
 
souls
 
have
 
our
 
wintry
 
moments,
 
 just
 
like
 
the
 
weather
 
does.
 
Life
 
has
 
its
 
daunting
 
challenges.
 
It’s
 
a
 
comfort
 
and
 
a
 
blessing
 
to
 
know
 
that
 
we
 
can
 
come
 
to
 
our
 
religious
 
community
 
and
 
find
 
the
 
light
 
of 
 
our
 
chal
ice,
 
the
 
warmth
 
of 
 
companionship,
 
and
 
the
 
perspectives
 
F
ROM
R
EV
. E
MILY
G
AGE
 
and
 
love
 
of 
 
our
 
congregation.
 
Often,
 
that’s
 
a
 
lot
 
of 
 
what
 
we
 
need
 
to
 
sustain
 
us
 
when
 
we
 
find
 
that
 
life
 
as
 
we
 
know
 
it
 
(or
 
some
 
aspect
 
thereof)
 
has
 
been
 
taken
 
for
 
granted.
 
It
 
will
 
probably
 
be
 
a
 
while
 
until
 
we
 
stop
 
thinking
 
and
 
talking
 
about
 
the
 
cold.
 
But
 
whatever
 
the
 
weather,
 
don’t
 
forget
 
there’s
 
a
 
warm
 
place
 
for
 
you
 
here
 
in
 
the
 
loving
 
presence
 
of 
 
our
 
religious
 
community.
 
I
N
O
UR
P
ULPIT
 
Rev.
 
Clare
 
Butterfield
 
::
 
February
 
13
 
As
 
Faith
 
in
 
Place’s
 
executive
 
director,
 
Rev.
 
Dr.
 
Clare
 
Butterfield
 
preaches
 
and
 
teaches
 
regularly
 
at
 
congrega
tions
 
throughout
 
Illinois,
 
while
 
coordinating
 
program
matic
 
and
 
organizational
 
development.
 
She
 
started
 
as
 
Faith
 
in
 
Place’s
 
original
 
organizer
 
and
 
developed
 
the
 
organization’s
 
regional
 
scale.
 
Prior
 
to
 
entering
 
the
 
minis
try,
 
Rev.
 
Butterfield
 
had
 
a
 
career
 
as
 
a
 
tax
 
and
 
corporate
 
attorney.
 
She
 
has
 
a
 
D.Min.
 
from
 
Chicago
 
Theological
 
Seminary
 
(2008),
 
an
 
M.Div.
 
from
 
Meadville
 
Lombard
 
Theological
 
School
 
(2000),
 
a
 
J.D.
 
from
 
the
 
University
 
of 
 
Illinois
 
College
 
of 
 
Law
 
(1983),
 
and
 
a
 
B.A.
 
in
 
History
 
from
 
the
 
University
 
of 
 
Illinois
 
(1980).
 
As
 
a
 
member
 
of 
 
our
 
congregation
 
and
 
as
 
our
 
community
 
minister,
 
Rev.
 
Butterfield’s
 
eco
ministry
 
is
 
embraced
 
by
 
UTUUC.
 
She
 
preaches
 
in
 
our
 
pulpit
 
several
 
times
 
per
 
year
 
to
 
keep
 
us
 
updated
 
on
 
her
 
own
 
work
 
and
 
she
 
supports
 
our
 
work
 
from
 
Taizé
 
services
 
to
 
social
 
mission.
 
John
 
Buehrens
 
::
 
February
 
27
 
John
 
Buehrens
 
served
 
as
 
President
 
of 
 
the
 
Unitarian
 
Universalist
 
Association
 
from
 
1993
 
to
 
2001.
 
He
 
is
 
the
 
author
 
of 
 
Understanding
 
the
 
Bible:
 
 An
 
Introduction
 
 for 
 
Skeptics,
 
Seekers,
 
and 
 
Religious
 
Liberals
;
 
and
 
co
author
 
(with
 
Forrest
 
Church)
 
of 
 
 A
 
Chosen
 
Faith:
 
 An
 
Introduction
 
to
 
Unitarian
 
Universalism
 
and
 
(with
 
Rebecca
 
Parker)
 
of 
 
 A
 
House
 
 for 
 
Hope:
 
The
 
Promise
 
of 
 
Progressive
 
Religion
 
in
 
the
 
21
st 
 
Century.
 
His
 
latest
 
book,
 
Universalists
 
and 
 
Uni 
tarians
 
in
 
 America:
 
 A
 
People’s
 
History,
 
will
 
be
 
published
 
in
 
April.
 
Minister
 
of 
 
First
 
Parish
 
in
 
Needham,
 
Massachu
setts,
 
since
 
2002,
 
he
 
is
 
a
 
member
 
of 
 
the
 
adjunct
 
faculty
 
at
 
Harvard
 
Divinity
 
School,
 
a
 
trustee
 
of 
 
Unitarian
 
Univer
salist
 
Service
 
Committee,
 
and
 
national
 
co
chair
 
of 
 
Free
dom
 
to
 
Marry
 
(www.
 
freedomtomarry.org).
 
 
2
 
 
The
 
Beacon
 
From Ian Morrison
ihmorrison@hotmail.com
(Board President Duane Dowell: president@unitytemple.org)
 
D
 
uane
 
asked
 
me
 
to
 
relieve
 
him
 
of 
 
writing
 
duties
 
for
 
a
 
month
 
and
 
it
 
is
 
an
 
honor
 
to
 
write
 
my
 
first
 
Board
 
of 
 
Trustees
 
column.
 
Two
 
major
 
topics
 
have
 
been
 
on
 
our
 
minds
 
of 
 
late—the
 
building
 
and
 
the
 
budget.
 
It
 
is
 
the
 
time
 
of 
 
year
 
when
 
we
 
start
 
thinking
 
about
 
the
 
budget
 
for
 
the
 
next
 
congregational
 
year.
 
In
 
fact,
 
with
 
an
 
earlier
 
annual
 
meeting,
 
the
 
process
 
is
 
somewhat
 
accelerated
 
compared
 
to
 
last
 
year.
 
The
 
cornerstone
 
of 
 
the
 
budget
 
is
 
the
 
Annual
 
Fund
 
Drive
 
during
 
which
 
each
 
member
 
makes
 
a
 
financial
 
commitment
 
to
 
support
 
the
 
congregation.
 
We
 
must
 
operate
 
under
 
a
 
balanced
 
budget,
 
and
 
the
 
Annual
 
Fund
 
Drive’s
 
success
 
determines
 
how
 
much
 
money
 
we
 
have
 
for
 
staff 
 
salaries,
 
building
 
expenses,
 
programs,
 
etc.
 
Please
 
be
 
generous
 
and
 
prompt
 
when
 
you
 
return
 
your
 
financial
 
commitment.
 
Having
 
led
 
the
 
Annual
 
Fund
 
Drive
 
for
 
the
 
past
 
few
 
years,
 
I
 
want
 
to
 
extend
 
my
 
thanks
 
to
 
the
 
newly
 
constituted
 
team,
 
headed
 
by
 
Diane
 
Ratekin.
 
As
 
has
 
been
 
the
 
case
 
for
 
the
 
past
 
few
 
years,
 
our
 
core
 
budget
 
challenge
 
is
 
paying
 
our
 
staff 
 
at
 
appropriate
 
levels
 
given
 
all
 
that
 
they
 
do
 
for
 
us.
 
The
 
UUA
 
publishes
 
salary
 
guidelines
 
for
 
most
 
congregational
 
 jobs,
 
and
 
we
 
have
 
chronically
 
been
 
below
 
the
 
midpoint
 
of 
 
the
 
ranges
 
for
 
a
 
congregation
 
of 
 
our
 
size.
 
We
 
find
 
that
 
unacceptable
 
and
 
want
 
to
 
finally
 
address
 
the
 
problem
 
this
 
year.
 
Of 
 
course,
 
we
 
now
 
have
 
two
 
full
 
time
 
ministers,
 
an
 
open
 
position
 
for
 
a
 
full
 
time
 
membership
 
director,
 
and
 
an
 
ongoing
 
need
 
to
 
grow
 
our
 
staff 
 
to
 
meet
 
the
 
needs
 
of 
 
our
 
large
 
and
 
growing
 
congregation,
 
so
 
the
 
challenges
 
is
 
more
 
acute
 
this
 
year.
 
Expect
 
to
 
hear
 
more
 
on
 
this
 
from
 
the
 
Annual
 
Fund
 
Drive
 
team.
 
As
 
you
 
know
 
from
 
Duane
 
Dowell's
 
column
 
last
 
month,
 
I
 
now
 
chair
 
the
 
Unity
 
Center
 
Steering
 
Commit
tee.
 
Our
 
objective
 
is
 
to
 
take
 
the
 
Pursuit
 
Team's
 
vision
 
for
 
Unity
 
Center
 
and
 
refine
 
it
 
into
 
an
 
actionable
 
business
 
plan
 
that
 
will
 
allow
 
us
 
to
 
further
 
refine
 
our
 
capital
 
campaign
 
appeal
 
and
 
realistically
 
assess
 
whether
 
there
 
are
 
sufficient
 
donors
 
to
 
support
 
the
 
vision.
 
This
 
will
 
be
 
a
 
challenging
 
process,
 
but
 
fortunately,
 
we
 
have
 
a
 
great
 
team
 
in
 
place
 
to
 
meet
 
the
 
challenge.
 
We
 
have
 
no
 
shortage
 
of 
 
good
 
ideas
 
and
 
are
 
seeking
 
professional
 
input
 
to
 
help
 
identify
 
the
 
one
 
or
 
two
 
strongest,
 
which
 
we
 
will
 
present
 
to
 
the
 
combined
 
UTUUC
 
and
 
UTRF
 
boards.
 
You
 
can
 
expect
 
to
 
hear
 
from
 
the
 
Steering
 
Committee
 
as
 
well—we
 
view
 
the
 
continued
 
on
 
page
 
4
 
Are YOU New? Welcome!
Introduction
 
to
 
Unitarian
 
Universalism
 
This
 
session
 
is
 
the
 
prerequisite
 
for
 
the
 
Pathways
 
to
 
Membership
 
course,
 
and
 
is
 
open
 
to
 
anyone
 
who
 
would
 
like
 
to
 
learn
 
more
 
about
 
Unitarian
 
Universalist
 
philosophy,
 
identity,
 
history,
 
and
 
theology.
 
For
 
more
 
information
 
and
 
to
 
register
 
for
 
this
 
class,
 
contact
 
Sue
 
Stock
 
at
 
membership@unitytemple.org
 
or
 
708
445
0306.
 
Instructor
 
is
 
Rev.
 
Emily
 
Gage.
 
Next
 
class
 
date:
 
Sunday,
 
February
 
6
.
 
Location:
 
Unity
 
House.
 
No
 
charge.
 
The
 
class
 
will
 
be
 
offered
 
again
 
on
 
March
 
13.
 
Pathways
 
to
 
Membership
 
This
 
two
session
 
class
 
is
 
for
 
those
 
who
 
have
 
already
 
taken
 
Introduction
 
to
 
Unitarian
 
Universalism.
 
Partici
pants
 
will
 
reflect
 
on
 
and
 
discuss
 
their
 
personal
 
attitudes
 
and
 
beliefs
 
about
 
religion
 
and
 
spirituality
 
with
 
others
 
in
 
the
 
class,
 
and
 
learn
 
more
 
about
 
our
 
congregation
 
and
 
its
 
programs.
 
For
 
more
 
information
 
or
 
to
 
register
 
for
 
this
 
class,
 
contact
 
Rob
 
Bellmar
 
at
 
rbellmar@gmail.com
 
or
 
708
763
0260.
 
Next
 
class
 
dates:
 
Sundays,
 
February
 
13
 
and
 
20
.
 
Location:
 
Unity
 
House.
 
Cost:
 
$20.00.
 
Pathways
 
will
 
be
 
offered
 
again
 
on
 
March
 
13
 
and
 
20.
 
For 
 
 free
 
childcare
 
at 
 
all 
 
of 
 
these
 
opportunities,
 
contact 
 
childcare@unitytemple.org
 
at 
 
least 
 
one
 
week 
 
in
 
advance.
 
 
B
OARD
 
OF
T
RUSTEES
 M
EMBERSHIP
O
PPORTUNITIES
 
Membership
 
Opportunities
 
2
 
Board
 
of 
 
Trustees
 
2
 
Annual
 
Fund
 
Drive
 
3
 
Community
 
Minister
 
4
 
Music
 
5
 
Adult
 
Religious
 
Enrichment
 
6
 
Religious
 
Education
 
News
 
7
 
Chalice
 
Circles
 
8
 
Sabbatical
 
Minister
 
for
 
Pastoral
 
Care
 
9
 
Social
 
Mission
 
9
 
UT
 
Restoration
 
Foundation
 
Events
 
10
 
February
 
Events
 
Not
 
To
 
Miss
 
11
 
I
NSIDE
T
HIS
I
SSUE
 
 
February
 
2011
 
 
3
 
L
IVE
 
YOUR
V
ALUES
 G
IVE
Y
OUR
V
ALUES
 
Annual Fund Drive StartsNow!
O
ur
 
Annual
 
Fund
 
Drive
 
kicked
 
off 
 
on
 
January
 
30,
 
and
 
the
 
Drive
 
ends
 
on
 
March
 
6.
 
This
 
is
 
the
 
time
 
that
 
we
 
all
 
make
 
our
 
annual
 
commitment
 
for
 
our
 
monetary
 
contribution
 
to
 
UTUUC
 
for
 
the
 
next
 
fiscal
 
year,
 
which
 
begins
 
on
 
July
 
1.
 
We
 
need
 
to
 
make
 
our
 
commitment
 
now,
 
so
 
that
 
the
 
Board
 
of 
 
Trustees
 
has
 
enough
 
time
 
to
 
put
 
together
 
a
 
budget
 
for
 
approval
 
by
 
the
 
congregation
 
at
 
our
 
annual
 
meeting
 
in
 
May.
 
For
 
the
 
last
 
several
 
weeks
 
the
 
Development
 
Committee
 
held
 
a
 
series
 
of 
 
conversations
 
with
 
members
 
of 
 
the
 
congregation
 
and
 
we
 
received
 
many
 
answers
 
to
 
the
 
question
 
about
 
why
 
people
 
give
 
to
 
UTUUC.
 
The
 
annual
 
fund
 
drive
 
offers
 
all
 
of 
 
us
 
the
 
opportunity
 
to
 
take
 
a
 
step
 
back
 
and
 
reflect
 
on
 
our
 
congregation.
 
I
 
think
 
we
 
all
 
recognize
 
what
 
a
 
special
 
place
 
this
 
is.
 
We
 
give
 
because
 
we
 
love
 
the
 
ministry,
 
we
 
appreciate
 
the
 
music,
 
our
 
families
 
are
 
enriched
 
by
 
the
 
programs,
 
and
 
we
 
find
 
comfort
 
and
 
strength
 
in
 
the
 
fellowship.
 
But
 
the
 
importance
 
of 
 
UTUUC
 
to
 
us
 
is
 
more
 
than
 
each
 
of 
 
those
 
things.
 
It
 
is
 
a
 
place
 
that
 
truly
 
reflects
 
our
 
values.
 
This
 
excerpt
 
from
 
an
 
article
 
by
 
John
 
Wolf,
 
Minister
 
Emeritus
 
of 
 
the
 
All
 
Souls
 
UU
 
church
 
in
 
Tulsa,
 
reflects
 
this
 
concept
 
well:
 
There
 
is
 
only
 
one
 
reason
 
for
 
 joining
 
a
 
Unitarian
 
Universalist
 
church
 
and
 
that
 
is:
 
to
 
support
 
it.
 
You
 
want
 
to
 
support
 
it
 
because
 
it
 
stands
 
against
 
superstition
 
and
 
fear.
 
Because
 
this
 
church
 
points
 
to
 
what
 
is
 
noblest
 
and
 
best
 
in
 
human
 
life.
 
Because
 
it
 
is
 
open
 
to
 
women
 
and
 
men
 
of 
 
whatever
 
race,
 
creed,
 
color,
 
place
 
of 
 
origin
 
or
 
sexual
 
orientation.
 
You
 
want 
 
to
 
support 
 
it 
 
because
 
it 
 
is
 
more
 
concerned 
 
with
 
human
 
beings
 
than
 
with
 
dogmas.
 
Because
 
it
 
searches
 
for
 
the
 
holy,
 
rather
 
than
 
dwelling
 
upon
 
the
 
depraved.
 
Because
 
it
 
calls
 
no
 
one
 
a
 
sinner,
 
yet
 
knows
 
how
 
deep
 
is
 
the
 
struggle
 
in
 
each
 
person’s
 
breast
 
and
 
how
 
great
 
is
 
the
 
hunger
 
for
 
what
 
is
 
good.
 
You
 
want 
 
to
 
support 
 
a
 
UU
 
church
 
because
 
it 
 
can
 
laugh.
 
Because
 
it
 
stands
 
for
 
something
 
in
 
a
 
day
 
when
 
religion
 
is
 
still
 
more
 
concerned
 
with
 
platitudes
 
than
 
with
 
prejudice
 
and
 
war.
 
You
 
want
 
to
 
support
 
it
 
not
 
because
 
it
 
buys
 
you
 
some
 
insurance
 
policy
 
towards
 
your
 
funeral
 
service,
 
but
 
because
 
it
 
insults
 
neither
 
your
 
intelligence
 
not
 
your
 
conscience,
 
and
 
because
 
it
 
calls
 
you
 
to
 
worship
 
what
 
is
 
truly
 
worthy
 
of 
 
your
 
sacrifice.
 
There
 
is
 
only
 
one
 
reason
 
for
 
 joining
 
a
 
Unitarian
 
Universalist
 
church:
 
to
 
support
 
it!
 
Our
 
congregation
 
is
 
special
 
to
 
us.
 
This
 
concept
 
of 
 
truly
 
valuing
 
our
 
church
 
is
 
why
 
our
 
theme
 
for
 
the
 
Annual
 
Campaign
 
again
 
this
 
year
 
is
 
“Live
 
your
 
values,
 
Give
 
your
 
values.”
 
Each
 
week,
 
we
 
are
 
asked
 
to
 
live
 
our
 
values.
 
Now
 
we
 
are
 
also
 
asking
 
you
 
to
 
give
 
your
 
values.
 
Because
 
I
 
know
 
that
 
you
 
value
 
our
 
congregation,
 
we
 
ask
 
you
 
all
 
to
 
give
 
as
 
much
 
as
 
each
 
of 
 
you
 
are
 
able.
 
We
 
ask
 
you
 
to
 
consider
 
increasing
 
your
 
commitment
 
this
 
year,
 
with
 
a
 
goal
 
of 
 
giving,
 
or
 
moving
 
towards
 
giving,
 
5
 
percent
 
of 
 
your
 
income
 
to
 
UTUUC.
 
In
 
fact,
 
in
 
prior
 
years
 
Reverend
 
Taylor
 
has
 
encouraged
 
all
 
of 
 
us
 
to
 
give
 
5
 
percent
 
of 
 
our
 
income
 
to
 
the
 
church,
 
and
 
5
 
percent
 
to
 
other
 
worthy
 
causes
 
that
 
we
 
believe
 
in.
 
And
 
to
 
get
 
us
 
started,
 
I
 
am
 
pleased
 
to
 
be
 
able
 
to
 
say
 
to
 
you
 
that
 
in
 
advance
 
of 
 
the
 
kickoff,
 
we
 
have
 
received
 
commitments
 
from
 
the
 
Board
 
of 
 
Trustees
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
others
 
in
 
the
 
congregation
 
that
 
reflect
 
an
 
average
 
of 
 
a
 
10
 
percent
 
increase
 
over
 
last
 
year.
 
Of 
 
course,
 
there
 
are
 
practical
 
reasons
 
why
 
we
 
are
 
asking
 
you
 
to
 
give,
 
such
 
as
 
to
 
contribute
 
for
 
those
 
who
 
are
 
unable
 
to
 
contribute,
 
to
 
make
 
sure
 
that
 
our
 
staff 
 
is
 
paid
 
at
 
least
 
at
 
the
 
midpoint
 
of 
 
the
 
UUA’s
 
guidelines
 
(which
 
they
 
are
 
not
 
right
 
now),
 
to
 
increase
 
our
 
presence
 
in
 
the
 
community
 
and
 
the
 
world,
 
and
 
to
 
make
 
sure
 
we
 
have
 
the
 
programs
 
and
 
the
 
support
 
that
 
our
 
congrega
tion
 
needs.
 
But
 
more
 
than
 
those
 
practical
 
reasons,
 
we
 
ask
 
you
 
to
 
make
 
sure
 
that
 
your
 
commitment
 
for
 
next
 
year
 
truly
 
reflects
 
your
 
values
 
and
 
your
 
support
 
for
 
our
 
congregation.
 
Thank
 
you
 
all
 
for
 
making
 
this
 
a
 
special
 
place!
 
—Diane
 
Ratekin,
 
chair
 
of 
 
the
 
Annual
 
Fund
 
Drive,
 
annualfund@unitytemple.org.
 
 

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