The Gift that Keeps on Giving, by Bill Clontz
12 December, 2013
a stewardship consultant for the UUA’s Congregational Stewardship
Network (CSN), I am fortunate to spend a lot of time in many different
congregations, working with them to make stewardship a more pleasant,
effective, and connected part of our lives as Unitarian Universalists.
Sometimes those connections pop up in unexpected and satisfying ways.
Southern Region is leading the UUA in a pilot program called GIFT
(Generously Investing For Tomorrow), a new approach funding the
districts, region, and the UUA with contributions from our
congregations. I very much like the new approach (you can learn all
about it here),
and so when I was asked some months ago to help moderate and present
some of the webinars introducing GIFT, I gladly agreed. As a result, I
had the opportunity to talk with dozens of Unitarian Universalists I had
In the months since those early webinars, I have
been traveling throughout the Southern region, working with
congregations and clusters on a range of stewardship, budget drive, and
capital campaign issues. In just about every case, at least one person
comes up and says “I know your voice – you were that GIFT webinar guy.”
And we pick up where we left off, only now with the advantage of
It all goes to teach us two lessons:
One, we have tools at our disposal to communicate with each other in
very effective ways. We don’t have to choose between in person or on
line – we can use all of our tools, reinforcing each with the other.
Two, when we talk about things like sustaining the region or the UUA, we
are still talking about us; us is more than just the people we see on
Sunday. We have much to offer the world; we do it best when we remember
the larger circle of us that is the UUA.
Bill Clontz and his colleagues at the Congregational Stewardship Network
serve Unitarian Universalists with advice and assistance on assessment
visits, stewardship, budget drives, capital campaigns, financial
feasibility studies, and long range planning. Learn more about this
You may reach Bill, our Southern Regional CSN consultant, at email@example.com.
Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, on the G.I.F.T. Program: