"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
~Viktor E. Frankl
We are truly blessed to have an amazing group of individuals serving Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) on the Board of Trustees! They bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to our discussions and decisions, in addition to a deep love for our movement and for our future. When we announced the cancellation of this year’s convention, we also said that we would update you as soon as possible on decisions made regarding follow-up actions.
In the April meeting, the board took the following actions:
1. After a review of possible technology solutions and in-depth discussion with our parliamentarian, Dr. Leonard Young, the board unanimously approved the following:
There will be no UWM business meeting until June 2021. All board members presently serving will remain on the board until replaced through election in 2021 or appointment upon resignation. Should any board member resign, the board’s intention will be to select the new board member from the list of candidates submitted by the LRDT (Leadership Recruitment and Development Team) for the June 2020 election. Election of officers and board-elected member will be held at the June 2020 meeting of the UWM board. At that meeting, the board will approve an interim budget based on last year’s approved budget, adjusting only for obvious impacts related to the current economic condition.
Loaves & Fishes Fund
2. The Board approved the funding and operational process for the Loaves & Fishes Fund established in March to serve as a financial resource to assist Unity ministries adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
UWM will match the $20,000 contribution from the Unity South Central Region. UWM will also match any additional donations from the Unity regions up to $80,000. Should the donations from the regions not reach $80,000, UWM will grant applications from the field up to the total UWM-committed contribution of $100,000.
Applicants for the grants must be Unity ministries in good standing who have filed their Annual Ministry Report. If the applicant has received an award through the federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP), they will not be eligible for a grant through this program. Grants from this fund will be limited to one per ministry, not to exceed $2,000.
The fund advisory team (Chris Ashe, Tim Alderman, and Celia Holman) will develop application and award procedures and will recommend to the board how to dispose of any funds remaining after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has passed.
3. The board approved the deferment of HUG (Help Unity Grow) Fund loan payments from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, for ministries who need that support. For additional information on this, contact Celia Holman at CHolman@unity.org.
In other news, while UWM did submit an application for the Payroll Protection Program, we were unsuccessful in the first round, and Rev. Patricia T. Bass, Interim CEO, and her team were persistent, and our application will be submitted for the second round with high expectations of success. Thank you, Patricia.
Better Together Focus Groups
I also want to thank all of you who participated in the Better Together focus groups with John Wimberly over the last four weeks. The board will use the information gathered and work with John at our May 2020 meeting to formulate a plan for moving forward. We will get the results of that work out to you as soon as possible. Please hold the board, the staff, and all our ministries in your prayers as we find our way through this time of change and transformation.
Our Source is infinite. Love is our foundation, and so it is.
Times of change are times of fearfulness and times of opportunity. Which they are to be for you depends on your attitude toward them.
—from The Great Physician by Ernest C. Wilson