President’s Message to the Congregation regarding Developmental Ministry Goals

Just over a year ago our board faced some challenging decisions and a restricted time line. Before we embarked on the Developmental Minister pathway, the UUA required us to create a set of goals to be included on our application for a new minister – due the first of January, 2017. We were quite fortunate to have the feedback from a stewardship consultant who worked with the congregation in September 2016; his feedback was instrumental in formulating the goals. To our disappointment, the tight time line prevented us from seeking the congregational feedback many of us desired.

When these goals and our decision to follow the path of Developmental Ministry were shared at a congregational meeting last February, our board received resounding support. We are grateful for that support and humbled by the trust placed in us to make these difficult decisions on behalf of our community.

Now, after over a year of working with these goals, our board feels that the same information could be presented in more accessible language that is easier to remember and articulate. I like to think of these restated goals as The 4 Cs: Commitment, Collaboration, Covenant, and Community.

Please click here to read the restated goals, as well as the original goal statement that inspired them.

Please read these over, compare them, and share your feedback with us –- we want to hear from you. These are our goals, yours and mine. Our board’s intention is not to change them, only to make them more useful so we together, with Reverend Justin as lead minister, can live into them.

On Friday, February 16, from 7-7:30 (before UUFR Coffeehouse), a board forum will be held in the Teen Cave. On Sunday, February 18, another will be held in the Music Room from 10-10:45 (before service).

Additional board forums and their locations will be shared in the Chalice and Order of Service. We also intend to seek feedback during the February 25 Congregational Meeting.

I and other members of our Board look forward to hearing your thoughts. Thank you.

Robin Banker

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