Dear MDD Chalice Lighter,

Thank you for your generous commitment to growing our faith by helping other UU churches in the Mountain Desert District (MDD). The second of the three calls for 2018 is to assist the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder (UUCB) with a building project.

On October 29, 2017, UUCB voted to offer Sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation. For several months prior to the vote, the congregation entered into a process of discernment and education within the congregation. They reached out to the tenants, including the largest tenant, a pre-school, and communicated in good faith and with substantial notice to them about sanctuary. UUCB offered to fund changes to the rental space to assure smooth operation of their childcare center and also renegotiate the monthly rent.

The week after the vote, the tenant elected to terminate the lease and walked away with 10% of the church’s budget and two months’ rent in arrears. The congregation knows that courageous love means taking risks, and they rose to the occasion and decided to go ahead anyway. Their sanctuary guest, Ingrid Encalada Latorre, arrived on December 16, 2017.

They are raising funds to fill the budget gap, but also need to renovate the building space quickly and professionally so that it can be rented again. This Chalice Lighter’s Grant will be used to replace flooring in the rented space. 

Please be assured that, although your donation is processed in the Pacific West Regional office in Seattle, your Chalice Lighter contributions always go exclusively to MDD congregations. Each of the other districts in the Pacific West Region has its own Chalice Lighter’s program.

You can submit your donation online. You may also write a check and mail it to MDD Chalice Lighters, 7511 Greenwood Avenue North, #414, Seattle, WA 98103-4627. If you send a check, please write MDD CL in the memo line of your check and on the payment envelope. 

Contributions for this call will be accepted through May 7, 2018. Any donations received after that date will go toward the MDD Chalice Lighters Undesignated Fund. Ten percent of each call reimburses regional expenses to administer the program. Feel free to contact me if you have questions, and thank you for your support of our MDD.

In faith,

Victor Ashear, MDD Board President