By Cheri Taylor, Membership Development Coordinator
If you are reading this with the initial thought that it’s too soon for us to have the “stewardship talk,” it’s likely that our interpretations of stewardship are different. I’d like to reminisce with you… about Easter Sunday, when Beryl and I talked about the very basic meaning of Stewardship: taking care of something we value and enabling it to grow.
Furthermore, I explained that when we become stewards, we take responsibility and contribute our time, talent and treasure. Being called upon as stewards for First Church, means you are called to the ministry of our mission and vision. Our purpose as a community is to Nurture the Spirit, Engage the Mind, and Inspire Action.
This is our mission, but we have to work towards our vision. Our call as stewards is personal and experiential. No two people can give the same gifts. We have each been blessed with a variety in regards of our ability to act as philanthropists in giving of our time, our creativity and skills, and of our financial treasures. The sharing of these gifts, the act of being joyful stewards, enables us to bring our vision to reality. Our vision receives life through our Morter Lecture programming, campus outreach, community outreach, and through approaching social and economic issues from a moral and ethical perspective rather than a political one.
This is why the world needs First Church, because we change lives and hearts! I invite you to begin thinking about the spiritual relationship between the needs of our community within and beyond our walls, and our diverse and abundant resources. I invite you to share the premise that stewardship is about spiritual resources as much as it is about material resources and that our principles call us to build a community of love and to let something happen that is greater than we are individually.
Cheri Taylor is the Membership Development Coordinator at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee.
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee is a home for spiritual community, social justice, and intellectual freedom, active in Milwaukee since 1842. Unitarian Universalism is an inclusive denomination; core principles include recognition of the worth and dignity of every person; respect for the interdependent web of existence; and the goal of world peace, liberty and justice.