We Build On Foundations We Did Not Lay
2014 Stewardship Campaign Testimonial
Forty-two years ago, I walked thru those doors, a young Air Force captain just back from two disillusioning years of flying missions in Vietnam. I was brand new to Atlanta. When I arrived here, I had no idea that UUCA would become my spiritual home… and that I would find most of my kindred spirits here.
Thirty-eight years ago Joy and I were married here. Twenty-five years ago, our son joined UUCA. And 40 years from now, I expect my ashes to be carried out those same doors!
All around me, outside UUCA, friends, neighbors, and strangers are always loudly exclaiming how “their god is truly an awesome god who is always moving things their way.” Funny, MY unknowable, SHE says, “There it is. Deal with it. Figure it out for yourself if you can. But remember it is not all about YOU… it ALL matters and it all works together… and YOU have a vital role. So there it is.”
I love this well-known UU quotation: “We build on foundations we did not lay. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant. This is as it should be. Together we can build across the generations. We are ever bound in community.”
For me, UUCA is nourishment for healthy minds and healthy spirits. It is mind-expanding and spherical in its perspective. And its positions on issues of consequence adhere to high moral principles. UUCA has a notable past, a strong and vibrant present, and a bright, relevant future.
Joy and I intend to do our part to finance that present and to seed UUCA’s future. We think it is important. We support UUCA with 15% of our financial resources and feel really good about doing that.
And today I make good on that commitment by adding “our pledge piece” to our UUCA Stewardship Vision.
We Build on Foundations We Did Not Lay
We build on foundations we did not lay
We warm ourselves by fires we did not light
We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant
We drink from wells we did not dig
We profit from persons we did not know
This is as it should be.
Together we are more than any one person could be.
Together we can build across the generations.
Together we can renew our hope and faith in the life that is yet to unfold.
Together we can heed the call to a ministry of care and justice.
We are ever bound in community.
May it always be so.
Rev. Peter Raible (1930-2004)
UU Minister, Seattle, WA
Make a pledge today at uuca.org/us/generosity-giving/financial-commitment-form.