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Tricia Hart
The Reverend Patricia Hart is a Unitarian Universalist minister and consultant, whose work is focused on change and growth in congregations. In addition to almost two decades as a consultant and facilitator, Tricia has served five congregations in New England and Pennsylvania as a parish minister. She currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as Co-Minister with her husband, the Rev. Peter Newport. Before being called to the Lancaster church in 2006, her pastorates were all intentionally short-term ministries, working with congregations in transition. For many years before that, Tricia was an active lay leader in her congregation in Yarmouth, Maine, where she first learned about fundraising, capital campaigns, and what happens when you don’t fix the roof.

Let’s talk about Unitarian Universalism and money.

“Ask” given at joint Association Sunday service planned by seven Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations in South Central Pennsylvania.

From my work with Unitarian Universalist congregations about money, I’ve learned that there are 3 different kinds of money we gather from among ourselves.

First, there’s the money we gather up so we can give it away – to people or organizations who need it more than we do, because they are changing the world in ways that we know are essential.

This is the kind of money we like best.  We never have enough of it, but we make a point of talking about it, and it makes us feel good to give it away.

The second kind of money is what we use to run our churches – to keep our buildings warm and lit and not-falling-down; to pay our staff, update our websites, send money to Boston or the District to pay our “dues.”

This kind of money we would rather not think about, but we do, all the time.  Usually, we find just enough to keep the church going, but it doesn’t make us happy – thinking and talking about it makes us tired. (more…)