Abraham Lincoln once said, “I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”

Not everyone is in the same place on the “pets are people, too” continuum. But we can all grasp the wisdom behind Lincoln’s good-natured humor. After all, one of our Society’s founding principles, and a key goal of our spiritual practice, is to support the interdependent web of all existence. We strive to think beyond our own selfinterests and to find meaning — and take satisfaction — in giving generously of ourselves for the good of us all.

As we approach our own season of giving here at the UUSA, we want to encourage each friend and member to think about why it is we give. We give to support the work of the Society that supports us all — including the weakest among us; we give to help pay fair wages to our staff; we give to sustain the building that provides the space for our service and our worship. We hope you will keep these things in mind as you contemplate your pledge for the upcoming year.

— The Stewardship/Canvass Committee

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