Monthly Message

Presidents Report, June 2020 – Michael Daly

Our time together this past (fiscal) year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, has certainly been rich and it has certainly been filled with uncertainty these past three months.  Our meetinghouse has been closed to the public since mid-March, 2020 and while some of us have been coming by to water the plants and restock our Little Free Pantry, I can assure you the meetinghouse misses each and every one of us as much as we miss being here together.

The UUCSF is forming a committee of members and friends that will discuss all of the variables involved in deciding when we will re-open to the public, our tenants and for services. Of course this committee will take your thoughts and feelings as well as science, CDC health advice and protocol, local and regional trends and UUA guidance into account.  The UUA has been very helpful and supportive to member congregations throughout this entire time and I appreciate their engagement and support.

We’re so grateful for how Rev.Kimberly Johnson and the entire Worship Committee has created the virtual space on Zoom that we have been meeting in for services, gatherings, happy hours and committee meetings these past three months. It’s clear that even once we start to meet together again in person, that we will want to continue staying connected virtually.  After all, some are joining us from faraway places and some of us just love rolling out of bed, combing our hair and turning on our computers to come to service. We will be devising ways to stay connected to everyone, leaving no one behind as we move forward

Fiscally, we are so grateful to all our members and friends who so generously stepped up during our pledge drive over the past 3 months and for those contributing to our congregational Pay-pal account online. This year is ending with both a reduction in expenses as well as income. Reduced expenses because we have not been operating at full-tilt. Income because we have forgiven rent for all of our tenants since the middle of March. Did you know that about 50% of our UUCSF annual income comes from our tenant rental fees? Furthermore, we can’t be certain if, when and at what level our tenants are going to return. This certainly creates some uncertainty for us going forward. Our Stewardship team has their work cut out for them for this coming fiscal year.  Please give as generously as you can so we can continue fulfilling our mission and vision in our East End Community.

Personally, this year has been one of growth and challenges for me, serving in this role. Each and every one of you has been so supportive and gracious to me as I’ve been “broken-in”.  I’d like to thank fellow board members Tip Brolin, Ingrid Krinke, Pam Greinke, and especially former President, current Vice-President and Treasurer John Andrews who mentored me this entire year and helped me keep things in perspective the whole time. John will be completing his umpteenth year as board member this year and has graciously agreed to step into Finance Committee Chair for 2020-2021.  I’d also like to thank the other committee members who gave so much of their time to develop the programs and initiatives that both keep us together and reach out to engage with our community.

Lastly, I’d like to express my gratitude to Rev. Kimberly Johnson for her guidance, support and leadership as we navigate through the many important choices we make as a “Shared Ministry” within the Unitarian Universalists Fellowship. I’ve grown so much this past year from our working relationship in ways that will serve me well in the future.

Blessings to all,


Michael Daly

UUCSF, President of the Board


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