I wasn’t sure what this week’s Monday Meditation was going to be. I wasn’t even sure there would be one (more on that at the bottom of the page). It is Sunday night and I know what I have to write about. And I hope you all aren’t sick of it yet.
This afternoon I posted on my personal Facebook about my Church day:
Things I 💗 about being UU:
Sermon on theology.
Potluck after the service.
Tarot readings after the potluck.
With all I do to promote Unitarian Universalism and all the time I spend trying to figure out how to reach more people, I had 3 friends ask me about my church because of this simple post; a post that portrays a fairly normal Sunday in many UU churches.
Just letting people know what Unitarian Universalism is and what it means to us can be the single most important form of outreach. Something that seems simple and commonplace to you may be the exact thing someone else has been looking for in a church. Making it known that your church is a community where you are accepted, encouraged, and exposed to ideas could help a friend find their own acceptance and encouragement.
Small actions can have surprising effects. Making sure that we share the things that matter to us, the things that bring us joy or peace, can help bring more of those good things into the world.
Every pebble that makes a splash creates ripples that spread. Taking a minute to share your good news about your spiritual community could change someone’s world. Eventually, that changes the whole world.
So, that bit about the Monday Meditations… I promised that I would write a new one every week. That was dependent on the Patreon campaign staying at or above $350 a month in total support. Patreon actually has a setting to high the totals, but I want to be transparent and accountable to the community that supports this ministry. You can see on our Patreon page that we are sitting at $349 for the month because of declined cards and suspended support in May. (This is after one patron did update their info and get a delayed pledge in!)
So, I have to think about what that one dollar means. How firm do I stand in saying that I can’t give my time, skill, and money away every week? At what point am I devaluing myself by giving so much to Unitarian Universalism?
My goal all of last year was to try to get more Patrons at any level, thinking that more people giving smaller amounts is much more stable than relying on a few larger pledges. The goal was to hit 100 and we never broke 85 active patrons. 100 supporters out of 12,000 followers seems like it should be possible. That’s less than 10%.
Maybe this year?