President Charlie Scholz
Doing the Work of the Church
Our Pledge campaign, where our Church asks you for a promise to support it, will kickoff on Sunday, October 20 and wind up on Sunday, November 24. This is the shortest Pledge Campaign we’ve had in many years, which means we must concentrate our giving. But before you do that, let me tell you a story.
When my wife, Nancy Anderson, and I were looking for a church where our children could learn the spiritual values that we had, we turned to our local
Unitarian Universalist congregation in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
We knew several members of that Church. They were good people, the kind who were always working for the environment, for social justice, for racial equality, for fair pay, for equal opportunity in education and employment.
But, many of those things could have described a lot of our friends.
What made these Unitarian Universalists different was that they recognized their lives were not complete without some form of spiritual sustenance. Maybe they could have survived by just doing good works. But they knew that the support of the church and the beliefs they held in common with its members were helping to sustain them.
Nancy and I knew we were in the right place when we walked in the door of that congregation in Iowa. And as we listened to the messages and participated in the work of the Church, we felt a sense of completion in our lives.
The Bible says that ‘faith without works is dead.’ In other words, even if we have strong spiritual beliefs if we don’t act on them, then our faith alone doesn’t count for very much. I believe that.
But I also believe that a life of works without faith is incomplete. Isn’t that why you’re here? Because you’re looking for that spiritual place where
you feel accepted and complete? A place where you can contribute your time, your talent and your treasure to meaningful goals?
I’ve been a member here since 2002. And I’ve participated in every Pledge campaign because I do believe that faith without works is dead. Or, to put it
another way, I believe I should put my money where my heart is. I hope you do too.
I’ll see you in Church, Charlie Scholz, Board of Trustees President