During the September 18th service about the Fire of Commitment, Rev. Susanne shared with the congregation highlights of a special community-wide program MUUC is embarking on this fall focused on In-Gathering and Community-Building that we hope everyone in the congregation will participate in.
Why are we doing this now? Living through the pandemic the past 2 ½ years has made a huge impact on us individually, as a congregation, as a community, as a country, and as a world. In this post-pandemic and changing time, we have a special opportunity to build on the excitement and enthusiasm of coming back together again as a community to not only reacquaint ourselves with each other, but to assess where we are as a community and what we want our future to look like. To help us do this, we are launching a 4+ month program that everyone in the congregation can participate in. The program is called the Next Steps Process and is offered through a UUA-affiliated consulting group, Stewardship for Us, which has helped hundreds of UU churches ascertain where they are now and where they want to be in the future.
Activities included in this process include:
- meetings and conversations with many MUUC stakeholders & any member who wishes to participate
- information-gathering, both qualitative and quantitative
- information-sharing from Stewardship for Us’s work across the denomination
- a Next Steps Weekend of events, Nov. 10-13 (details to be determined)
- presentation of a final report
The results of this effort will build an enhanced sense of confidence in our MUUC community, help guide us forward in deciding what we want our future to look like, and help determine proposed next steps for us to navigate the transformative years ahead. Other possible outcomes include guidance on how strong the need may be to streamline our committees, clarify decision-making processes, and give definitive direction to the conversation around our governance structure.
MUUC’s program will be led by Liz Coit, a consultant with Stewardship for Us who brings a decades-long history of working with UU churches and organizations through this process. Board Member-at-Large Cathy Sang will facilitate the program details, with guidance from Board President Jennie Wengrovius and Rev. Susanne and, hopefully, everyone in the congregation will participate at some point in the process.
Information-gathering, a tour of our building, and meetings with the Board and others have just started. More information about our Next Steps Program will be shared as the work progresses. In the meantime, if you have questions or want to discuss it further, please feel free to contact Jennie, Rev. Susanne, or Cathy directly.