Saturday, February 9, 2013

Why the UUA exists

Fourth in a series of posts about the January UUA Board Meeting

-->A healthy network of covenanted Unitarian Universalist congregations and covenanted communities, in accountable relationships and alive with transforming power, moving our local communities and the world towards more love, justice, and peace at a justifiable cost that does not undermine long term sustainability. 
A significant shift in the Board's thinking about the Association's outcomes ("ends") was in focusing on the value added by the Association, not the differences made by its member congregations.  Rather than thinking about the above as the UUA mission or vision statement, think of it as the Board's instructions to the Administration.  Note the terms "networks", "covenanted communities" and "covenanted UU congregations".  We defined "covenanted communities" as:
Covenanted Communities: The basis of a Unitarian Universalist congregation is not creed, but covenant.  The term “covenanted communities” includes congregations, and also includes other Unitarian Universalist communities--external to, or overlapping with, congregations--who have a covenant, but are not currently defined as formal congregational status, under UUA bylaws.
The remaining statements provide more detail about this overall outcome:
1.1 Congregations have and use UUA resources necessary to enhance the spiritual and religious exploration by people in their communities and to enhance the ministry of their members.
1.2 Congregations are better able to achieve their missions and to spread awareness of UU ideals and principles through their participation in covenanted networks of UU congregations and covenanted communities
1.3 Congregations are intentionally inclusive, multi-generational and multi-cultural in powerful mission to, and with, under-served and un-served communities.
1.4 Net increase in the number of people served by our congregations and covenanted communities.
1.5 Net increase in the number of mutually covenanted congregations.
1.6 Net increase in inspired religious leaders equipped to effectively start and sustain new covenanted communities.
1.7 UU institutions are healthy, vital, collaborative partners invested in the future of UUism, its principles and theologies.
The next few months will be spent getting feedback on these outcomes -- I will explain how we are doing it in the next post.  Your feedback is always welcome, either as a comment to this one, or to  


Anne GT said...

Can this be brought to our local board as an example of an inspiring "end" statement? Also, who and how did those 1.1 thru 1.7 details get developed? They sound like criteria that will determine if the ends are met, and I am not sure whose role it is to develop such evidence.
Anne Greenwood
UU Church of Berkeley

Anne GT said...

I am impressed by the scope of this end, and am interested in passing it on to our local church board to inspire them. Question: who developed the details of the outcomes 1.1-1.7? And who is responsible for achieving these outcomes?
UU Church of Berkeley

Linda Laskowski said...

You are exactly right that these are meant to be the criteria for meeting the larger goal. In Carver Policy Governance language, the first statement is the "Global End" and the details are generally described as "nested ends",i.e.: you go into as much detail as you need to feel comfortable that however it is defined by the management team is fine. The Board and senior members of the UUA administration created them over two board meetings, aided by a lot of the conversations (linkage) we had with congregational leaders. The Administration is responsible for meeting them.