Revision to UCUCC Investment Policy
At the request of the Investment Committee and the Sacred Earth Matters Committee, Council approved a resolution to revise the UCUCC Investment Polity to move all UCUCC’s endowment funds from United Church Funds Moderate Balanced Fund to UCF’s Beyond Fossil Fuels Balanced Fund or equivalent funds with screens, so the investments are free of companies exploring for or producing fossil fuels.
Sacred Earth Matters Resolution
Council approved bringing the resolution “The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck. Imperatives for a new moral era” to the UCUCC annual meeting (brought forward by Sacred Earth Matters Committee). Council also charged the Sacred Earth Matters group with implementing the process for taking a political stand policy so all steps are completed as outlined and prior to the UCUCC annual meeting.
Air Conditioning for 3rd floor offices
Council voted to celebrate the additional $250,000 pledges that have been received to support the New Cornerstones and Imagine campaigns item of air conditioning for the 3rd Floor South offices. This effort has been reduced in scope from earlier proposals which had been deferred because of lack of funds.
Also, we recognize and celebrate previously implemented efforts to reduce energy use – the new windows and shades on the south and west sides of the building and the installation of solar panels on the UCUCC roof. Additionally, council recognized and commended facilities staff and the committee for implementation of recommendations which are resulting in additional decreases in UCUCC energy use. And committed to continuing to be careful, judicious and creative in ways to decrease our energy use while allowing the building to be used in the variety of ways that move our ministry forward.
New Initiative Fund
Council reviewed the New Initiatives fund and approved a motion to restate the purpose and parameters of the New Initiatives Fund, AND added a provision to allow continuation of grants into a second year. This fund is currently utilized for ongoing work on the Racial Justice Initiative.
Interim Task Force
Council reviewed the status of the Interim Task Force which is in final planning stages and will launch soon. Additional members were added to the committee and more young people are invited to join this group.