Help Map Unity’s Future
Every five years, we come together to consider who we are as a congregation and what our path should be moving forward in the world. This gathering, reflection, and discussion process begins in early January 2018. In small groups you will share your stories about Unity Church and your wishes for its future, and imagine the difference Unity Church could make in people’s lives if the group’s most desired wishes came true. The information coming from these sessions will clarify the core values, mission, and goals of Unity Church through 2023 and beyond. This sacred work will provide essential guidance to the ministers, the Board of Trustees, and all those who call Unity Church their spiritual home.
As we look at the world as it is and as we wish it to be, it is more important than ever for us to come together and increase our understanding of, and support for, each other and the transformative force that Unity Church can be within, among, and beyond us. No matter how long you have been part of this community, no matter how you have been involved, we need your voice in this process.
Using the form at right, please sign up to help Map Our Future. Gatherings have been scheduled during the day, in the evening, and on weekends to help enable everyone to participate. In addition, food, beverages, and childcare will be provided for participants. Watch for additional details and reflections in commUNITY, weekly emails, and This Week at Unity Church (the insert in your Sunday bulletin).
Unity Church Mission and Ends
The mission of Unity Church-Unitarian is to engage people in a free and inclusive religious community that encourages lives of integrity, service and joy.
Ends Statements 2014-2018
1. The people of Unity Church-Unitarian value a deeply meaningful, transforming liberal religious experience. As individuals, we
a. Open ourselves to compassionate pastoral care in times of joy, sorrow, and transition
b. Develop spiritual practices that nurture reverence and encourage diverse worship services rich in beauty, serenity, community and joy
c. Embrace our identity as Unitarian Universalists and live out the principles of our shared faith in our daily lives
d. Cultivate a spirit of curiosity and welcome, growing from a desire for authentic relationship.
2. Unity Church-Unitarian is a community of welcome, reverence, and deep connection. As a community, we
a. Sustain and encourage one another in love
b. Reach out to one another across differences and stand together in the face of injustice
c. Value our shared ministry and practice it with integrity
d. Foster a culture of open, inclusive leadership and meaningful engagement
e. Are generous with our time, talents, resources and creativity
f. Are careful stewards of our resources and facilities.
3. Unity Church-Unitarian carries out the work of love in community, making a positive impact in our neighborhood and in our world.
Grounded in the transforming power of our faith, we
a. Open our doors and our hearts to those who seek comfort, courage, and meaning
b. Build authentic relationships with people across differences, in the spirit of humility and reverence
c. Live out our commitment to racial reconciliation and to dismantling racism
d. Serve as a trusted and visible leader, partner, and advocate for the creation of a just society and a sustainable environment
e. Participate actively in the larger Unitarian Universalist community.