There is no power equal to a community discovering what it cares about . . .
- Margaret Wheatley
EXPERIENCE OF THE HOLY
During November the Board of Trustees will be holding a series of workshops asking –
What timeless, transcendent qualities of our religious community will we embody in all we do?
Our goal is to identify our congregation’s core values – what Mark often refers to as the burning ember at our center. Having that conversation is a process we are calling Experience of the Holy – holy as what we value most.
Values are the foundation of our covenant, of the promises we make to each other. Our shared values are what we endeavor to make real in our congregation and in the world.
We have a strong mission and Ends, a strong sense of what difference we’re in the world to make and for which people, but we’ve never had an explicit conversation together about the values that inform our sense of purpose, the values that provide the underpinning to everything we do in the congregation.
The Board felt it was time to explore and articulate the values that provide the touchstone for everything we do together as a congregation.
The workshop process will tap into people’s real, lived experiences and uncover the values embedded in those experiences and how they connect us as a community. From the information shared in the workshops, the board will discern and articulate no more than five words or very short phrases that capture what timeless, transcendent qualities embody all we do. And, of course, share the results with the congregation.
Attend any of the one-hour workshops and shape our future.
by Kay Aler-Maida, UUCA Board President