Last week I attended the first Regional Assembly for the four Western Districts in the UUA: Pacific Northwest District, Pacific Central District, Pacific Southwest District (our own), and the Mountain Desert District. It was an exciting event in which we talked a lot about the future of Unitarian Universalism. There are many intriguing ideas about what we might do to promote our faith, but I was very pleased that we are already doing some of the best ones! We have wonderful music--one of the premier things that is needed for a vibrant church! And we are already very welcoming to visitors and guests--another important priority for doing good church! I'm proud of how friendly we are and that we offer to feed all those who come to worship with us every Sunday. We're already doing a good job.
In addition, there were good ideas we might consider. For instance, we need to make even more variety available in our offerings than we already have. There are people in our larger community who might well be willing to join with us if we let them know about the ways they could do so other than, or in addition to, our Sunday Worship service. We have such good social justice work going on--and there is certainly a community around us that is hungry to work for justice. We need to invite them to do so. We've been doing wonderful Adult Education programs. (Jason and I just finished a "Building Your Own Theology" class with a group of stalwart members who will happily share the outcomes with you in the Fall.) We also have plans for more Adult Education opportunities which you will read about in our Newsletter and on our Website. Anyone in the community can join us in this work! We're about to start a youth program for our teens, and I'm already encouraging them to bring their friends. This program will run on Sunday afternoons or Friday evenings and we hope to provide them with fun and good works, as well as new ways of looking at the world.
I could go on and on, but I'm sure you get the idea. What I want you to do is to think about what else we might do to invite the larger community into sharing their lives with us. As a teaser, I'm asking, "Could we run a coffee house once a month?" That's the sort of idea our most forward thinking leaders are suggesting might be just the thing to bring in more people who are "UU's, but just don't know it yet." And I know you'll come up with some really wonderful ideas as well!
In the meantime, may you...
Go shining, Karen