Solidifying our foundation as we prepare for the future We hope you have had the chance to share your thoughts on our First UU Values and the activities and partnerships that reflect those values – we truly appreciate your input! Over the last month, the board has solicited input from all of the small groups in our congregation, and from individual members in our Sunday services. Please plan to join us on March 5, after our second service, for a congregational forum. You will have an opportunity to share additional input, hear our findings from the input we’ve already received, and hear about the next steps for this work.
Our congregational values, along with our CHALICE covenant, and our Mission to Grow, Care, and Act, describe who we are, how we are together, and our purpose. They make up the strong foundation that our future is built on.
Building on your input about our First UU Values, the Board of Trustees will be working to define our Vision for the next 3 years through a set of “Ends” goals. Ends describe the benefit, or outcome, the church wishes to achieve in the next strategic period. We’ll share the Ends that have been developed at the Annual Congregational Meeting on May 21.
There’s another important way our Values support our future. As Rev. Jeanne seeks to serve our faith with her candidacy for the UUA Presidency, we may be welcoming an interim minister in August if she is elected. Our work to elicit and define our congregational values, and to set our vision for the coming years, will create a guide to help us maintain our momentum through this transition. We’ll be sharing more information about this process in the coming weeks and months leading up to General Assembly in June.
I hope you’ll mark your calendars and commit to attending the key Sundays mentioned above: March 5 for our congregational forum on Values, and May 21 for our annual congregational meeting.
And there’s another important request and date to remember: Our dreams and aspirations for our future and the impact we can have are made possible by the investment of time, treasure, and talent made by our members. Our Annual Pledge Drive is underway and we are Called to Act. Please consider the investment you wish to make in our future, and please join us to celebrate our future at our All-Church Celebration Social on Saturday, March, 25, 6-9pm.
In faith, Sharon Amoss, Board President