Each year in the Canvass Campaign, we ask members to give careful thought to the tradition this church represents, the role it plays in our lives, and the opportunities we enjoy for spiritual growth. In the spirit of good stewardship, we are all asked to make a responsible annual pledge to keep our church open and thriving.
Financial matters do not dominate our conversations at NSUC, but we talk openly about the operating budget and how much money it takes to meet expenses and balance the budget. Consistent with our democratic governance, members receive detailed financial information and have ample time to ask questions, express their views, and vote on a church budget at our Annual Meeting each June.
Members make their annual pledge according to their means, generally as a percentage of income. Pledges can be remitted monthly, quarterly, or annually. Our annual Canvass is straightforward: members -- through church leadership -- set yearly church goals, identify the programs and resources needed to meet those goals, and then ask fellow members to do their share, as generously as they can.
Financial responsibility is vital to realize our liberal religious values of freedom, inclusiveness, reason, and tolerance. Inspired Unitarian Universalism can transform lives; and through our church, we can truly make a difference in this world.