As part of its annual cycle of planning and evaluation, the UUCB Board of Trustees holds a planning retreat. This January the Board developed an annual vision of ministry along with a set of open questions designed to facilitate meaningful conversations about our congregation’s future. As described by Dan Hotchkiss in “Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership” (Yes, the Board has an ad hoc book club!), “Open questions… call for a wider, longer conversation than a quick goal-setting process can accommodate… where the board and its conversational partners step aside from the press of daily business and reflect together about the future.”
With this in mind, the UUCB Board developed two high-level questions for conversation:
- What needs to change as our congregation grows? What needs to be preserved?
- How do we encourage all members, friends and visitors to bring more of their authentic selves to our community? What barriers are there to achieving this? What is working well now?
Over the next two months, the Board will be hosting a series of get togethers designed to connect with as many members as possible. This includes meeting with Affinity Groups and the Administrative and Congregational Life Councils. Two open meetings for members have been scheduled at UUCB:
- Sunday, November 18, from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
- Sunday, December 2, from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Additional ideas for gathering your ideas are still being developed. After all the input has been provided, the Board will summarize and communicate the results by the end of the calendar year. Please stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, we invite you to begin considering the questions and your thoughts…
Please contact Will Kropp, Burton Lee, Diana Maiden or Chris Zanoni, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments and/or questions. Thank you!