(I am pleased to share this post contributed by the Rev. Stephan Papa, my colleague in the Stewardship and Development office of the Unitarian Universalist Association. I invite you to share the stories of generosity present in your congregations with me for a future post. ~Laurel)
One of the changes that have occurred over the last 50 years of Unitarian Universalist congregational life is that we are sharing the ministry; it is no longer just the responsibility of the religious professionals; we are sharing the ministry, and we are doing so graciously and generously.
The Reverend Doctor Bruce Clear has served a the minister of the All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, IN since 1993. Nancy Renner Clear has served the congregation as the Director of Religious Education since 1990. In January 2010, Bruce suffered a massive stroke; he is home from rehab and living with the support of his family and congregation.
Bruce resigned as did Nancy. The church started a fund to help with Bruce’s care and will host a Celebration of their Service on August 27 with an auction to raise funds for them.
In addition, long time church member, Frank Basile, will speak at church services on July 24 about his new book Travels with Frank and Katrina, proceeds of which will go to benefit the Clears. The book is a compilation of Frank’s travel articles (they have been to 174 countries) written for the Indianapolis Business Journal and is available through the All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 E 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226 for $10 plus $5 for shipping and handling.
The congregation and its members are meeting the challenge of going forward and they are helping the Clears with their challenge. The ministry is being shared graciously and generously.
(Stephan’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org )