Creating a New Mission for Evergreen

Motivating Vision: All Congregational Gathering

Sunday, August 23rd, 2:00 pm | Online via Zoom

Please join us at our upcoming all-congregation gathering, at which we’ll be having an important

conversation about Evergreen’s Vision for the future of the Fellowship!

In the recent congregational newsletter, there were a couple of pieces reviewing where we’ve been and the next steps in our journey toward a new Mission Statement. We’ll be having several focus groups later in September to start developing some consensus around the visions that folks have submitted to the Planning Team - but we need more of your visions for the future of Evergreen! We hope you can join us for the next step at this point: generating some more visions together.

On Sunday, August 23 from 2-4pm, we’ll have an all-congregation gathering to do some collective visioning together, so please join us! (Since we’ll be doing it over video, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer snacks - but please bring your own!)

Mission Planning Team

missionplanning@evergreenuu.org

Ann Kelleher  -  Karen Winchell

Laurel Nisler  -  Marijo Duprey,

Nancy Miller  -  Sally Malan

Evergreen's Current Mission

Our mission is to provide a liberal religious home where people find a welcoming community, a stimulating place of learning and worship, and the challenge and support to live the Unitarian Universalist Principles and Purposes.

Our Core Values

In January we embarked on the first leg of our journey to consider our values, beliefs, and vision for the Fellowship. Our examination of Core Values involved the entire Fellowship in a process through Worship Services, Congregational meetings, focus groups, survey outreach and cluster group meetings, to dig deeper and arrive at consensus on the Core Values to which the Congregation is fully committed. You can see the results in the word clouds below.

List of Positive Core Values:

  • Compassion, kindness, respect, appreciation, gratitude, love

  • Integrity, transparent communication, commitment, courageous presence, honesty, intentionality

  • Justice, equity, courageous presence, fairness, solidarity

  • Community, interdependence, courageous presence, financial stewardship, solidarity, tolerance of differences

  • Learning, creativity, curiosity

  • Environmental awareness, interdependence, courage

Mission Planning Team

Newsletter Updates:

 

List of Negative Core Values:

  • Confusion, lack of transparency, hiding the truth, loneliness, dishonesty, triangulation

  • Getting stuck, intolerance, unwillingness to evolve, intransigence, entrenchment, indifference, righteousness, individuality to the extreme, obstruction, fear of change, lack of inclusiveness

  • Fear & anger, contempt, passive aggressive, avoidance, righteousness, controlling, condemnation, fear of change, belittling, resentment

  • Mistrust, gossip, triangulation, back-biting, loneliness, hiding the truth, leaving, mistrust of structure

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Our Bedrock Beliefs

 

In February and early March we moved deeper into discussing our BEDROCK BELIEFS - what is most important to us at our center, the essential beliefs that we turn to in times of uncertainty and crisis. On March 15th, the Congregation came together to review the results of the discussions that had taken place over the previous weeks and came to consensus on a set of Bedrock Beliefs that were the most resonant for the Congregation.

List of Bedrock Beliefs:

  • We believe in the power of community, love, and compassion.

  • We believe healthy relationships give us life.

  • We believe in the interconnectedness of all existence.

  • We recognize the multitude of ways in which the sacred or divine is manifested within each of us, in the majesty of our natural world, and the beauty of art and music.

  • We believe gratitude and appreciation of life nourishes and strengthens us.

  • We believe in a democratic process and believe every voice should be heard and respected.

  • We believe in standing up for justice and equity in society.

  • We believe in the rights of individuals to seek truth through reason and conscience.

  • We believe change and challenges are inevitable. We are resilient and capable of handling life's challenges. Positive change takes effort, commitment, adaptability, and time.

  • We believe that everyone?s unique contributions are valuable, impactful, and make a difference.

  • We recognize we all get to live one day at a time.

Motivating Vision

 

About motivating vision process...

What we did/ are doing (prayer triads, etc.), What we learned,

etc.

etc.

Visioning Covenant:

As we address the future direction of this congregation, we promise to:

  • listen with our hearts,

  • think with creativity and imagination,

  • stay open to and respectful of new ideas and

    concepts,

  • consider limitless possibilities, and

  • honor the values and beliefs of the Fellowship; and

we are:

  • ready to accept others without judgment, go to the extremes of diplomacy, and offer the maximum generosity,

  • prepared to laugh at ourselves and laugh with each other, and

  • eager to try, fail, learn, and try again

Up Next...

 

 

 

For more information, contact the mission planning team at missionplanning@evergreenuu.org

Since January, the Fellowship has been actively engaged in a series of meaningful conversations to examine the fundamental elements of our congregational life in preparation for the creation of a new Mission Statement. Each segment of this journey has been designed to provide opportunities for wide participation, open communication, and thoughtful reflection by the entire Fellowship through a variety of experiences including Worship Services, Congregational meetings, focus groups, cluster group meetings, and other small group gatherings. Each step in the process is building consensus around clarifying:

-Who we are as an organization

-Why we exist (our purpose)

-What we seek to accomplish as an organization (our Mission)

Over the past several months, the Fellowship has joined together on a journey to explore our values, our beliefs, and our rich traditions as a community of faith. Through wide participation and open communication in Worship Services, Congregational Meetings, focus groups, cluster group meetings, and other small group gatherings, the Fellowship came to consensus on a set of Core Values to which the Congregation is fully committed as well as a list of Bedrock Beliefs that they agreed were essential to us and that we turn to in times of uncertainty and crisis. These efforts are in preparation for creating a new Mission Statement for the Congregation later this year.

Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1607 Fourth St. Marysville, WA 98270
Phone: 360.659.6621
E-mail: evergreenuu@comcast.net
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