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STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence's annual Pledge Drive is starting on February 7, 2021 and will continue until March 7. For those new to the Society, this is a time that we solicit pledges for the fiscal year 2021-2022 which starts in September. This is distinct from the weekly plate donation and is the major source of funding for the Society, its staff, and all that we need to sustain our congregation as a welcoming spiritual home, a progressive voice, and principled community leader. Our vision, guided by our strategic plan, is that we "be a congregation that: nurtures the light within each of us; sustains our hope and strength; offers welcome, respite and resilience; and...fuels our courage to work for justice". Last year we were able to raise over $319,000 which enabled us to balance the budget, hire a new musical director and retain all our staff. We also were able to continue our services without interruption, expand our religious education programs and support our congregation in its work on climate action, defending democracy and racial justice. We sincerely hope, aware that times are hard, that we are able to raise a similar amount from this years campaign.