It was a sad day for our UU church today. We've been struggling for the last two years, since we lost our part-time minister and had to sell our church building (although we made a profit on it.) Because we have not had the space and money to offer a lot of programs, we've not attracted a lot of members, and some members have left, particularly those with children. We have a dedicated RE worker, but not a lot of space or resources. All of us love our church, and every able-bodied member has been doing at least one job: I do nursery and social justice, my husband does sound, etc. Some of the board members have been filling 5 or 6 roles. Today, when we had our budget meeting, it was clear that we can't continue. We might could overcome the lack of money, but our leadership is burned out. So we are going to disband, pay off our lease, donate our money to the only other UU church in Cobb county,and most of us are going to go there. Some of us can't because we are too far away from it or because they are not handicap accessible and we have several handicapped members. Also, they are in a better part of the county and I hear that they are more conservative than we are, although of course, they're still UU's so they can't be that conservative.
Some of us are already making plans to meet 2 Sundays a week in a home near the current church building. We won't be a church, but we will be a fellowship. We all just desperately don't want to lose each other: we are family in a way that goes beyond any cliche'. There may be only 34 of us, but some of us looked long and hard to find a spiritual home, and now, we're losing it. It is just sad.