President’s Blog – November 2013

“We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we made.”   – Senator Ted Kennedy

In this year of “reframing”, going deeper in our commitment to Starr King, we take on the challenge this month to immerse ourselves in the subject of stewardship.  We strengthened our commitment by appointing, and supporting Georgia Gruver as the chair of our Canvass Committee.  Georgia and several other leaders from Starr King will be joining me at the UU Church of Berkeley for a full day seminar on the subject of stewardship.  This event will be led by Dr. Wayne Clark, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Congregational Stewardship Network Director.  He frequently gets asked: “What’s the one thing we can do to make our stewardship campaign successful?  And what is the secret?”

Our group looks forward to circulating the secrets from this seminar and the book we purchased, “Beyond Fundraising:  The Complete Guide to Congregational Stewardship” to continue this work at home in our place of worship.  Watch for our invitation for discussion in the following weeks.

What does stewardship or being a steward mean to you as a member of StarrKingChurch?  I looked to the dictionary for the proper meaning of these words.



The responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving.


A person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent for another or others.


In viewing our website,, you will find our own description of stewardship on our homepage under the “faith in action” tab.  Click on this tab and view the drop down menu, which will take you to our stewardship link.  I won’t spoil it by telling you what the content is; I invite you to explore this portion of our site on your own.  Yes, explore!  You may find there are other topics on our site that interests you, or maybe you will get caught up reading a blog posted by one of our committees.

I would also like to recognize our Board members, and their efforts in hosting the information session for our mail ballot which was sent out last week.   A heartfelt thank you to all of you who participated.  Nancy Harrison and Wendy Robertson did a superb job with organizing the presentation.  A special thank you to Mary Lasack, Barry Leech, Beth Ogilvie, Roy Dickerson, Stuart Fink, Dirk Dino, Diana Dickerson, and Nancy Harrison for getting the ballots together and in the mail so swiftly.  We thank the congregation for taking the time to consider this ballot.  Your presence is requested on Sunday, November 3rd following Sunday service to count the votes.

In Fellowship,

Colleen Dino, SKUUC Board President