This is a story of my journey through the UUA. It summarizes events of the eight years from June 1981 to June of 1989 through the eyes of the elected Financial Advisor of the UUA (that would be me) and the action didn’t stop there. Subsequent responsibilities involved the Beacon Press Review Committees, and finally, the Ministerial Compensation Committee. There are a few odds and ends, too.
Finance Committee Meeting
May I ask you to share with me a few moments of aspiration and reflection: *Let us give thanks for the fact that we do not dwell in a fiscal Garden of Eden in which exist all the resources to solve all our concerns. *In which we pluck the treasures from the tree -- not as the result of our own efforts in the cultivation of the orchard, but as a result of the adoption of a posture of subservience, of sacrifice of freedom and responsibility. *Let us give thanks for the perspective which the need to perform fiscal triage gives us -- for the perspective gained when we are forced to focus on those things which are most important to us, and cast down those which are less so. *Let us give thanks for the struggle, for to the extent our accomplishments come easily, they would be worth that much the less to us. *Let us give thanks for the struggle for it is in casting out the lesser choices that our mission and our momentum gain focus and coherence. *Let us give thanks for the struggle for it is in the struggle that we are bound together in caring and in commitment.