The 2017-2018 Mission Renewal Process

The task of renewing UUCM’s Mission was identified as a key priority at a New Ministry Workshop in Oct 2016, and it had also been raised in our Survey conducted during the Ministerial Search Process.  The previous mission had been developed in 1995.

What is a Mission Statement?  A Mission Statement is a well-articulated , compelling, inspiring statement that names why a congregation exists.

A Mission Renewal Process Team appointed by the UUCM board of trustees began it’s work in earnest in January 2017, inviting UUCM members and friends to be a part of the process and encouraging all to take time to reflect and consider, “What is our purpose here together?”

The Mission Renewal Process Team

Rev. Kevin Communications about Mission

To read Rev. Kevin’s Mission-Covenant pieces from the eChalice and Mountain Chalice click the following titles:

Mission-Covenant, Part 1
Mission-Covenant, Part 2: What Makes This a Religious Venture?
What is UUCM’s Purpose?

The September Workshop

On Saturday, September 23, 2017 forty-five members of the congregation were skillfully led by consultant Linda Laskowski in surfacing the values, memories and meanings that animated them in regard to UUCM. Insight and inspiration from the children and youth started us off with their descriptions of what church and this community means to them.

The UUCM Mission Refining Team

The UUCM Mission Refining Team (Lesley Champlin, Susan Merrill, Gail Johnson-Vaughan, Tom Wernigg) picked up the active work from there, taking all the words, phrases, images and ideas from the workshop, and crafting and initial draft of a new mission statement. The Team then hosted numerous small group conversations in October and early November to garner member feedback, listening for the spirit and tone of people’s responses. With that knowledge in hand, the Team went back to work to craft a second draft. A congregational conversation on Sunday, December 10, offered a large-group opportunity and shared conversation to weigh in on the new draft.

Heading back to the drawing board, the Team offered its third and final draft in early 2018, having paired its first two drafts down to the 25 words mission we have today, voted in with near unanimous support by the congregation on February 4, 2018.

With courageous love and a sense of wonder,

we cultivate our spiritual, emotional, and intellectual strength

to create a world more compassionate, sustainable, and just.