From our Connections Coordinator, Cindy Johnson

What is important to us at UUFRC? The answers are probably as varied as we are. We come with different hearts, minds, and beliefs but I think it’s fair to say that we come together as seekers: Some seeking spiritual nourishment and growth, some seeking community, others seeking to work for social justice, and parents seeking comprehensive religious education for their children.

We choose the parts and pieces of this Fellowship that interest us and are important to us. In getting involved, each of us becomes a thread in the tapestry of UUFRC, helping to weave a unique community and unique picture through what we give and share and receive.

There are times when it’s important to set down our own particular, individual threads and step back to look at the picture as a whole. Right now is one of those times.

We choose the parts and pieces of this Fellowship that interest us and are important to us. In getting involved, each of us becomes a thread in the tapestry of UUFRC, helping to weave a unique community and unique picture through what we give and share and receive.

There are times when it’s important to set down our own particular, individual threads and step back to look at the picture as a whole. Right now is one of those times.

Step back from the areas that you participate in. Step back from your normal circles at church. Step back far enough in your mind to look at and think about the Fellowship as a whole. Does what we do with our individual threads add up to a coherent picture? For us? For the world outside of our walls? What are we trying to do? Where are we going?

These are questions that we need to think about, reflect on, wrestle with, as part of the process of finding our next settled minister. When we can more clearly define what is important to us as a whole and what we want this Fellowship to be in our community and beyond, we will have the ability to search for a minister who can help us work toward and realize these aspirations.

Right now there are “cottage meetings” taking place through this month and into March. These are facilitated small group meetings that give you the opportunity to share what is important to you about UUFRC. What do you value about this community? Where would you like to see us go? What do you think we need to work on? How can we create a coherent picture both within and outside of our walls?

Information from all these cottage meetings will be gathered and compiled. The multi-colored threads of what we share will be woven together to figure out how we want our tapestry to grow and change. This information will eventually help us re-write our Mission and Vision statement ~ something optimally done about every 5 years. It’s been almost 7 years now since we’ve done this. So much about us has changed in that time.

I can’t stress how much we need and want input from every single person who is involved with this Fellowship. You don’t have to be a member. We value everyone’s insights and thoughts. You do, however, have to sign up! Sign-ups are taking place each Sunday in the Social Hall. Bring your calendar, pick a date, and then bring your thoughts, hopes and dreams to share. The more people that participate, the clearer the picture will be of what we want to create going forward.

With gratitude for each of you, Cindy