I attended the UUA President’s Council meeting this past month and it was exciting to hear directly from Peter Morales [UUA President] about his vision for our movement. It was also very interesting to hear from leaders in other congregations what they were doing. And while there were many interesting projects and activities, I was proud of what I could report about our congregational efforts.
Most of our conversation revolved around social justice and how we might live out this part of what our Unitarian Universalist principles call us to do. We are thinking ahead to the “Justice GA” scheduled for Phoenix in June of 2012. That said, we brainstormed some more general interests and problems we might be involved with as well. The top suggestions from this body were:
- Increase quality and quantity of communication with and among congregations, including social media & technology
- Sponsor or pilot programs or trainings in use of technology and web tools
- Sponsor participants on Just Journeys or other international service trips
- Increase opportunities for service trips, including for ministers and youth
- Host receptions for traveling UUA leaders
- Create curriculum for economic competency “O.W.L. for money”
It is ironic to me that many congregations are having difficulties transitioning to newer methods of communication — it was actually reassuring that we aren’t the only ones struggling with this issue. And I’m excited to see that there is interest in doing just journeys [trips to lands where poverty and oppression are rampant and help is badly needed], especially to make it possible for those who need financial assistance to join these ventures.
Peter’s goals include support for our ministry — making certain that it is ready for the multi-cultural world that is increasingly the world we live in, and also to promote growth in our denomination so that our voice may be heard loud and clear. We have work to do — exiting work, prophetic work, and work to create the beloved community wherever we are.
In the meantime, may you
Go shining, Karen
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