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Neil LichtmanThe aim of this column is to expand on the e-mail I recently sent to our CMwD Congregations requesting each make a formal pledge to our UUA and CMwD this year. As I mentioned there, a pledge may seem like a technicality we can survive without. And, yes, we can. Yet, pledging does help us plan, and you budget. That may not seem like much to some of us, so I'd like to encourage us to look at pledging a little differently.

At GA, I purchased a slim volume called "The Essential James Luther Adams." In a number of essays, he writes of the centrality to our faith of what we do in groups, in community. He writes of shared activities, some we do in the presence of others, and some we do separately, but we all do them. Critical to this community is the concept of Covenant, the group promise. As I think about pledging, that too is a promise. (I just checked that our with our friend Webster.) In one sense, a pledge to the UUA is a promise to the UUA.

However, I'd like to propose the idea that it's a lot more than that. It's a promise one congregation makes to all our congregations. Every congregation that has pledged has made a promise to you. Every time you pledge, you join that community of promises.

Our record of pledging in the CMwD compared to other districts has not been strong. Let's agree to act to change that. Let's increase our level of promise to those who have already made their promises to us.

Yours in a small religion making a big difference.

Neil Lichtman
Your CMwD APF Chair