Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Recession hits Unitarian Universalist Association.
One of the largest congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association, First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, came up $185,000 short in its annual fundraising drive — and announced this past weekend that the church will simply shut down for the month of July. No services, no programs, and the staff will take a month-long unpaid leave.
Meanwhile, the UUA itself is projecting a $1.8 million revenue drop in fiscal year 2010, which begins in July. That's a 10 percent drop. The UUA has already implemented several cost-cutting measures in fiscal year 2009, but many more are expected in the 2010 budget the administration will present to the board in April. UU World reports:
To cut costs, the UUA has imposed a hiring freeze, cut travel expenses, decreased the number of employees going to GA, reduced catering expenses, and held more meetings by phone and online. The UUA will also stop printing and mailing several publications: the annual UUA Directory, the monthly Congregational Mailing packet, and two newsletters, InterConnections for congregational leaders and The Religious Leader for religious professionals. The publications will be made available electronically.
How is the recession playing out in your neck of the UU woods?
("First Unitarian Church will close for July," Nancy Haught, The Oregonian 2.2.09; "UUA board votes to end independent affiliate status," Jane Greer, uuworld.org 2.2.09)
Copyright © 2009 by Philocrites | Posted 3 February 2009 at 9:27 PM