Modified on: February 10, 2021
the generosity of giving and serving
STEWARDSHIP is the collective energy of resources. The sweet spot is where financial potential energy melds with the activation energies of passion, skill, and talent. Every role, every dollar; all ideas and strategies work together to power change and innovation.
When we share our gifts — each one of us sharing who we are and what we have to offer — gifts of time and energy and vision and resources, our gifts combine. Your gift fuses with mine and we can create something greater than us all. It is not the size or kind of gift that matters most, but the sharing — so that our gifts can connect and expand. We care, for one another and for our community. We do this together. Together, we can create the world we know is possible. In this spirit, let us share our gifts.
What are my next steps?
My Stewardship Checklist
- Click here to download the 2020-2021 Stewardship Campaign brochure
- Click here to complete your online “Intent of Giving” form
- Take the Interests & Skills Survey
- Learn more about Legacy Giving at UUCS
What Does Stewardship Look Like at UUCS?
UUCS Staff, Leadership, and Visioning
Your generosity to UUCS drives the mission and vision of our church. Together, we seek out new challenges, programs, and possibilities. The work is meaningful and we engage in always looking to the future. Growing leaders involves each of us being willing to be led and always learning ourselves. Joining hands together, your generosity of action combined with a heart of generous giving allows us to accomplish so much more together to drive us forward in love.
Community Engagement and Social Justice
We have seen tremendous growth and an outpouring of giving in so many ways. With your service, skills, and the collective gifts of our members and friends, we have come to the aid of so many families and individuals close to home and others across the U.S. The work continues to grow and your generosity will help us to broaden our reach, expand our efforts, and get help to those who need it most. Give today. Volunteer today. Change tomorrow!
Learning and Growing Together
Your generosity continues to pave the way for creative ways to connect with one another. Our beloved community grows best when we work together, serve together, and strive to become our better selves together. Online, in-person, and working towards larger gatherings again together; these all offer us opportunities to explore, contemplate, and bring our thinking and understanding of each other and our world to new heights.
Facilities and Creative Spaced
A home is where the heart is… and a church is both the people and the space where people gather. We need both! Reaching out to our community and our world first involves meeting, planning, coordinating, learning, and gathering all the tools and supplies. Generous giving literally supports the structures that allow acts of generous service to flow. Join us in building the tangible things which springboard us into cultivating the spirit of diversity, power, and love that dismantle violence and oppression.
Editorial by Brannon Carter, UUCS Stewardship Council Chair
In my upbringing in the Christian faith tradition, the idea of “stewardship” had often been used solely as a vehicle for fundraising. And since, at least in the deep Southern Baptist faith I grew up in, talking directly to someone about their personal finances was taboo, so too the idea of stewardship took on the attributes of this not-to-be-spoken-of topic.
But like so many of the teachings in my early tenure as a novice spiritualist, I’ve come to realize that when only exploring one side of the coin on any topic, you often miss the blessings in life that a wider understanding brings. If I may, I’d like to share with you my broader, more robust vision and personal application for the beautifully inclusive idea of “stewardship”.
Stewardship is present all around us. It’s expressed in every culture and has roots in just about every religious practice and societal construct. We use different words to describe it, but all can be used to help us garner a broader appreciation of what stewardship encompasses, and what this expanded view can mean for the life and action of UUCS.
- In the Christian faith, it’s the teaching that we are all part of one body. That we each have a unique, highly-valuable role to play. That together — each of us bringing our unique talents, gifts, and acts of generosity — we are unified in our diversity and thus thrive.
- In Buddhism, the spirit of many in body come together to form one mind so that we may prevail and achieve all our goals.
- In Islamic faith, we all come together in mutual love, mercy, and compassion — forming one body. And, in turn, that when one of us misses out on an opportunity to give of themselves, the rest of us suffer.
- In Native American teachings, it’s the practice of kinship. The generational ties that connect us and that pass down and share wisdom throughout time. These knowledge and gifts and resources being shared for the benefit of us all.
- In great organizational leadership, it’s the practice of creating a shared vision, with each member of the team applying their unique giftedness and skills towards furthering that common vision.
If you have not yet had an opportunity to explore the Stewardship Event Brochure that includes information on generosity for the upcoming fiscal year, I encourage you to click here and take a look at this beautiful and informative reading.
In this brochure, you’ll see where UUCS Board President, Linda Leible, and UUCS Minister, Scott Neely, and I worked together to create a shared vision for what an expanded view of stewardship may look like in the body and life of our church. You’ll see talk of not only the Annual Fund Drive Campaign for helping set the fiscal budget for next year, but you’ll also see a celebration of our Unsung Heroes in generous service to our community for 2020. There is information on an Interests & Skills Survey, if you’re interested in getting more involved at UUCS, that will be used to help connect your unique gifts and skills to volunteer and leadership opportunities in the life of our church. You’ll also see more information about Legacy Giving through the UUCS Endowment Fund — our own practice of kinship.
As we work together in the years to come, to grow our church, grow our vision and mission for Spartanburg and the world, and to grow ourselves in the process; I invite you to join the UUCS body and widen your appreciation for all that is stewardship.
“When we share our gifts — each one of us sharing who we are and what we have to offer — gifts of time and energy and vision and resources, our gifts combine. Your gift fuses with mine and we can create something greater than us all. It is not the size or kind of gift that matters most, but the sharing — so that our gifts can connect and expand. We care, for one another and for our community. We do this together. Together [as one body], we can create the world we know is possible. In this spirit, let us share our gifts.” — Scott Neely, UUCS Minister
STEWARDSHIP is the collective energy of resources. The sweet spot is where financial potential energy melds with the activation energies of passion, skill, and talent. Every role, every dollar; all ideas and strategies working together to build up the body — to power change and innovation.
Join, renew, grow your generosity. The UUCS body and the world need you.
In generosity and stewardship,
UUCS Stewardship Chair