Rev. Leland’s Weekly Message for January 3rd

We have arrived in the year 2020!

How do we wish to renew ourselves for this new and challenging year?

Let us take this moment to consider the several ways we at UUCE describe ourselves, our values, mission, and vision. You may find these under the “About” tab on our website and I am listing them below. Do these best describe us now? How do we want to use and be supported by our important statements of faith?

We plan to discuss these and other important issues at the retreat on Saturday, Jan. 11th. Please email me if you would like to be engaged in such a discussion.

VALUES (This is often called “motto” or “tagline” by other groups.):
CONNECTION, INTEGRITY, TRANSCENDENCE

MISSION (This is the usual format for a mission statement.):
At UUCE, we covenant to:

  • Nurture the spirit
  • Grow in relationship
  • Serve with love and compassion

ENDS (Usually the “Vision” statement would be one more general view of the world we look to shape. Here we call the “Vision” statement “Ends”– we might wish to add one poetic statement of vision while retaining these specifics.):

1) Nurture the spirit

The people of UUCE, across the lifespan:

  • Find inspiration and challenge for lives of connection, integrity, and transcendence.
  • Articulate and live our Unitarian Universalist values and beliefs.

2) Grow in relationship

The people of UUCE, across the lifespan:

  • Develop deep, broad, healthy relationships.
  • Connect across difference with authenticity and integrity.
  • Partner with Unitarian Universalist congregations and institutions to grow in covenant.
  • Build and steward the resources of UUCE together to advance our mission and Unitarian Universalism.

3) Serve with love and compassion

The people of UUCE, across the lifespan:

  • Actively practice giving and receiving compassionate care.
  • Create a space of trust and safety to engage with issues that may divide us.
  • Work in authentic partnership with interfaith and community groups, to create a more just and compassionate world.

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