To Members and Friends of UUCB,
People who attended the Congregational meeting on Sunday received a lot of important information about what’s going on in the church. We heard from the CT, Capital Campaign Committee, Stewardship Committee—pledges this year are up!—Land Use Development Task Force, Treasurer, and the Immigration Justice Working Group. We will post the reports as soon as they become available, so keep an eye on uucb.org.
Four people—Natalie DaSilva, Jane Middleton, Beth Pollard, and Betty Webster received the Flaming Chalice award for service to the church. Be sure to congratulate them the next time you see them!
Retiring Board members Bob Adams, Christina Creveling, Abbott Foote, and Lonnie Moseley were thanked for their wonderful service to the church. We won't let them get far away—their skills and talents will be utilized elsewhere.
Board President, Stephanie Ann announced the election results: Newly elected Board of Trustees members include John Bailey for a one-year term vacancy and Ralph Nelson, who stepped in to fill the term of Crystal Alberger was elected for a two-year term. Kathleen Baumgardner, Ladie Malek, and Deborah Schmidt were each was elected for a three-year term on the Board. They join current members Stephanie Ann Blythe, Lynnette Delgado, Jean Gleason, and Jane Middleton.
There was a brief meeting of the new Board of Trustees after the Congregational Meeting was adjourned. We thanked Stephanie Ann, who termed out as President, for her steadiness and leadership through a challenging time. The newly formed board elected Jane Middleton as VP and honored me with the Presidency.
We, the members of the board, and therefore, you, members of the congregation will face significant challenges during the next few years. We will be making some far reaching decisions about the life of the church this year and all of us, Members, Friends, Board, Coordinating Team, and Staff will need to be involved. We will do our best to help you stay informed.
As the new President of the UUCB Board of Trustees, I will be writing occasional emails and reports in the Beacon. Feedback is welcome!
Blessings on you all,
P.S. Save the date! The next regularly scheduled Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2013. It is the Celebration and Planning Meeting at which we will review the accomplishments of the past year, honor individuals for outstanding service to the Church, and establish the next year's priorities and budget.
As the term implies, an End Statement describes an “end state.” It is an expression of hope and intention, a destination UUCB continuously works toward. Unlike the Ten Commandments, Ends are not written in stone. They are constantly revised and fine-tuned, based on your input, to reflect your values, hopes, and expectations for this church. The following are submitted by the UUCB Board of Trustees:
The Board has established a Coordinating Team that helps volunteers and staff execute the goals set by the Board in its ongoing consultation with the congregation. The Coordinating Team’s progress is monitored by the Board through reports, as well as through direct contact with the congregation and committees.
In the last two months, we have had two very special events. We ordained two women to the Ministry ...
President's Corner, May 2013
In the last two months, we have had two very special events. We ordained two women to the Ministry in the Unitarian Universalist church. In March, we celebrated Aija Simpson's ordination and in early April, it was Sue Magidson's. Ordinations are very special events in the life of a church and for me, personally, it was a privilege to have a role in both.
“What is the most important difference UUCB could make in the community?”
As I mentioned in my last...
President's Corner, April 2013
“What is the most important difference UUCB could make in the community?”
As I mentioned in my last column, the Board of Trustees has begun asking friends and members of UUCB for input on one of our Powerful Questions, such as the question above.
Why are we doing this? The Board gets its authority from the you, the members—the "owners," if you will—of this congregation. You elected us. Our job is to create a vision and a direction for this church that is in line with your values and desires. But the only way to know what those are is to ask.
Once we have enough conversations under our collective belt, we will identify the common themes and use this information to hone our Ends statements, our "desired outcomes." It then becomes the Coordinating Team’s job to direct the church’s activities and resources toward implementing these Ends.
But right now we’re still in the information-gathering phase. If you would like a volunteer to contact you to get your input on a Powerful Question, please email Jane Middleton and let her know.
And speaking of volunteers… Providing answers to our Powerful Questions is very important, but there are LOTS of ways you can participate. Do you have an area of special interest? Would you prefer a short-term project? You get to decide how many hours you can give and what best fits your interests.
All of us on the board are volunteering our best efforts and we sure could use your help. If you’ve ever thought about looking for a way to become more involved and give back to your church, contact Alisa in the office (525-0302, ext. 306).
What do the Beatles first performance in the Cavern in Liverpool, the building of the Berlin Wall, t...
President's Corner, March 2013
What do the Beatles first performance in the Cavern in Liverpool, the building of the Berlin Wall, the birth of George Clooney, Noyce’s integrated circuit patent, the attack on the Freedom Riders in Mississippi, and UUCB have in common? It was 1961 and our building was dedicated!
Considering how much the world has changed in the last fifty years, how realistic is it to think that churches don’t need to change to remain relevant?
We are at a critical juncture in the life of our congregation and with the building we love. At the special Congregational Meeting in December, we voted to raise and invest the resources necessary to maintain and upgrade our beautiful facility.
Perhaps even more importantly, we’re asking questions about whom we serve, and to what end?
This year, the new Board of Trustees, the Coordinating Team, and the Capital Campaign teams will be focusing on mapping a path forward. What needs to be preserved and what needs to be reconsidered? The questions are relevant for both the building and our programs. What serves us? What impact do we want to make in the world? The answers rest with all of us collectively.
Your church leadership will be coming to you with difficult questions over the next several months. We look forward to exploring them with you to set priorities, choose our options—to create the future we want, together.
To do this, we will need your thoughtfulness, your active participation, and your love. We will be doing our best, but we need to know your vision for the future of our church community. As always, feel free to ask how you can help! :-)
Engaging people’s best thinking about complex issues without easy answers will be the key to creating the futures we want rather than being forced to live with the futures we get.
— The Art of Powerful Questions
Blessings to all!
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