Breathing New Life The UCCMA Endowment Fund

By Rev. Eldonna Hazen, UCCMA Minister of Sustainability

Ed. note -- This announcement of a new initiative is part of a three-year effort to develop financial security for UCCMA and to provide support to our members.

The hand of God came upon me, and God brought me out by the spirit of God and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. God led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. God said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O God, you know.” Then God said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of God. Thus says God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.

Ezekiel 37:1-5 (NRSVUE)

What an honor and a privilege to work with the United Church of Christ Musicians Association (UCCMA), which helps breathe new life into the worship experiences of the church, our communities, and our world! As we have come back together in person over the last two years, we have realized more and more how much our congregations and communities have missed in-person music. Not that we didn’t already know the value of music in our lives, but the separation we experienced because of COVID sealed our understanding of how music can enhance worship and help us experience feelings we cannot access through words alone. Music breathes life into bones that are weary and dry. Music lifts our spirits and feeds our souls.

The leadership of UCCMA has decided there is no better time than now to increase the ability of our musicians to breathe new life into the bones of our congregations. We know that membership fees sometimes impede the many musicians who serve churches in the United Church of Christ. Many of our smaller congregations work on a very limited budget, and some musicians volunteer their service. Just like UCCMA, churches function on bare minimum funding. Without available funding, many musicians do not have access to the wealth of knowledge of the members of UCCMA or programming made available through workshops and conferences.

To address the needs of all of the musicians who provide leadership in our churches, we would like to be able to provide FREE membership to all churches and their music leaders. To make our dream a reality, we plan to start an endowment fund for the annual budget, so memberships will indeed be FREE! How exciting is that?

The leadership believes this is a very attainable goal. But we will need your help as we kick off this dream! If you know individuals who might be willing and able to provide a gift to start the fund, please provide their name and contact information, and we will contact them. If you would like to have a fundraiser at your church for UCCMA, perhaps to honor your musician, please get in touch with us. If YOU would like to honor someone with a donation or be part of the initial gift, please get in touch with us.

UCCMA is doing great work in all of the local churches and providing great resources to many individuals who are limited in their time. Please help us attain our goal and not only sustain music in our churches but breathe new life into the bones feeling dry and lifeless.

With gratitude for the work all of you do!

Rev. Eldonna Hazen –

Don Shier, Chair of the Endowment Fund -

The Rev. Eldonna Hazen is the senior minister of First Congregational Church in Madison, WI. She served as the chair of the planning committee for the 2019 national conference of UCCMA, which was held at her church. More recently, she was appointed as minister of sustainability for UCCMA and is working on financial development.


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