Are you a PNWD Chalice Lighter?

Are you a PNWD Chalice Lighter? Do you know about this vital program that supports congregational growth throughout our region?

The Chalice Lighter Program assists the growth of new and existing Unitarian Universalist member congregations in the Pacific Northwest with grants to provide vital capabilities and infrastructure. Grants are funded exclusively through contributions from Unitarian Universalists who participate as Chalice Lighters.

Being one of the more than 2,000 Unitarian Universalists who are PNWD Chalice Lighters brings you the joy of watching your modest contribution multiply to a grant of typically $17,000 to support the growth of our liberal religion in the Pacific Northwest. Furthermore, just by being a Chalice Lighter, you will help our congregation qualify for a Chalice Lighter grant. The more of us who take the Chalice Lighter pledge, the more the program will have to offer to growing congregations.

The program requires that at least 30% of Westside members be enrolled as Chalice Lighters for us to apply for funds. We have already enjoyed many of the benefits and multiple Chalice Lighter grants. WSUU has been a recipient in 2000, 2009, 2013, 2015 and Rainier Valley UU (merged with Westside in 2010) received Chalice Lighter grants in 2001 and 2007.

Chalice Lighter grants are intended to help congregations grow by:

  • securing, improving or furnishing a building
  • reaching out to the community to attract new members
  • initiating a new congregation
  • funding any other creative program to facilitate growth

When you become a Chalice Lighter, each year you will receive no more than three call letters. The letter will explain the express purpose of the call and ask for your donation of at least $20. The grant must be used for those purposes, so you will know exactly where your money is going.

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