Church provides us with so many good things: community, a place to grow spiritually, opportunities to pause and reflect on what life is all about, ways to serve others and work for social justice. In order to offer these good things, churches, like all community and spiritual organizations, require the resources to employ a staff, maintain a building, sustain ministries and programs, and give back to the wider world.
The Grace of Giving
Sharing our resources in common and giving generously are at the heart of the Christian faith.
Our Jewish sisters and brothers were instructed to give a tenth, or a tithe, of their possessions back to God (Deuteronomy 14:22-29, Leviticus 27:30-34, 2 Chronicles 31:5-12). Paul wrote the church in Corinth, "You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7, New Living Translation adapted).
Giving something back to God, usually by way of the causes that promote and do God-work in the world, is a spiritual practice, just like prayer, worship, meditation, Bible study, faith conversations, serving others.
United Parish, like many churches, has an annual stewardship campaign, in which we ask our members and friends to make pledges, annual commitments, with which we shape a planning budget for the fiscal year ahead (July 1-June 30). This is an important part of our common life together.
To make your pledge onine, click here: Online Pledge Form
To read our narrative brochure about where we are in this moment in time, as well as how we are dreaming forward about where God might takes us, click here: The Grace of Giving
To make a one-time donation, click here:
Thank you for your support of United Parish. May God bless all of us in our giving and receiving.