We heard you. And it matters.
Over the past few months, we’ve heard a number of our members expressing confusion about People’s Church finances – especially the phenomenon of having a deficit ‘crisis’, almost immediately followed by the news that seemed to express that we had a very large surplus. Indeed … how could those two things happen side-by-side?!
Transparency in an organization is an important relationship value and practice; it’s also an important antiracism value. This church belongs to all us, and is financially supported only by all of us. So, having clear access to and understanding of our finances, as well as trust in those who manage the finances, is remarkably important. It matters.
To this end, your Finance Committee, Rev. Rachel, and your Board of Trustees have scheduled an Open Forum on Church Finances for Sunday, January 21 at 12:15pm in Room 19 following our worship service. The purpose of this 60-minute session is to present information that clarifies the difference between the actual financial outcome for the 2016-17 church year versus the budget process for 2017-18 year. But mostly it’s your opportunity get your questions answered. It’s important to us that, to the extent you want to invest in understanding this, you have the opportunity to do so. So – we’ll be there, ready to do our best to explain. It’s an imperfect process, but we’ll try. We hope you’re there too.
Chair, Finance Committee