Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
For UUFP, these should be familiar questions. Whether discussed in small group, posed within a sermon, or sung in hymn, those questions continue to challenge us as we look outward from the Fellowship.
On Saturday June 10th, we need your help to apply them inward as well.
But first, a bit of background.
Our web site lists formal statements of purpose, mission, and vision. But we’ve been through a lot, as both a congregation and a nation, since those words were drafted and approved.
Divergent voices are pulling at the social fabric of our democracy, and we’re answering the social justice call.
Now, more than ever, our loving hearts and helping hands are needed within our broader community.
As a congregation, we’ve been through growth, loss, financial challenges and successes…and a new governance structure to serve us into the future. But what is that future, and how do we get there?
On Saturday, June 10th, we’re taking an important pause to answer just that. Beginning at 9:00am, Unitarian Universalist Association facilitator Kathy McGowan will lead us through two important workshops to help us understand the framework for our future.
Our three questions equate to three key concepts for UUFP. In reverse order:
Where are we going? (Vision and Goals)
What are we? (Mission)
Where do we come from? (Core Values)
We have many resources to draw on…physical, intellectual, financial…and how we apply those resources needs to be anchored at the heart of UUFP, our core values. While we all associate many values with Unitarian Universalism, and the Fellowship specifically, we’re talking about the small number of values that really capture where we come from…we, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula, Newport News, Virginia, United States of America…
Starting at 9:00am, we’ll conduct an open workshop for the entire congregation to identify and refine the Fellowship’s unique core values. After lunch, Kathy will facilitate a second workshop for leadership, using those values as the basis for a revised mission statement. This is our enduring “call to action,” a way to focus on what we are about and who we want to be. We plan for the second workshop to wrap up around 4:00pm.
…but the process doesn’t end there. Over the next few months, we’ll describe how our mission lives within our community…our vision statements…putting our values into practice here and now.
So please join us on June 10, 2017 at 9 am at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula Sanctuary Building as we pause briefly and begin to answer the questions “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”
For more information contact Sandy Burkes-Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org