“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.” –from “For What it is Worth,” Stephen Stills
If nothing else, the first month of the new church year has been eventful. There was the enthusiastic and inclusive Ingathering Service and Water Communion, the beginning of the OWL (Our Whole Lives) program, the start of a new year for the Lunch Bunch, a pleasantly well-attended “Coffee with Minister” program and on, and on. In this issue of the Messenger you will find notices for a new monthly mid-week contemplative service, a request for you to “bring a friend to church,” an Involvement Fair and a new way for us to connect in an informal, in-person gathering suggested to me by the Committee of Ministry. There are good things going on at KUUC but much work to do:
- Work to spread the wonderful word about this congregation and our Unitarian Universalist faith to people who are curious about them from afar or, having enjoyed a few Sunday services, now want to know how we live our faith between Sundays.
- Work to clarify how we will integrate our newly defined values and Mission Statement into this shared ministry. How can we make sure that they have the greatest positive impact on our KUUC community and towns and villages in which we live?
- Work to make sure that we are as well informed about the church—our staff, ministries and finances—as is humanly possible and ethically responsible.
Transparency is a word one often hears these days as it concerns the systems and quality of communication, both within an organization and emerging from it. Looked at one way, it refers to the intentions of an organization in how it defines itself and how it shares its mission. Looked at from a different perspective, transparency is more a judgment; on the availability, quality, or honesty of the communications received.
There is much to be done to improve our communications. We need to make sure that all of our members and friends have the information they need to stay current about what is happening at the church; to make decisions on the budget; and to create the kind of educational programs, public witness and community service opportunities for which we want to be known. We also need to do the work necessary to stay informed, each one of us— knowing that Board President Carol White, the Committee Chairs, Susan, Jill, Carolyn and I are available to help. When what you need to know isn’t be found in the Messenger, website, Facebook page, Member’s Table or on one of the bulletin boards in the church, please reach out to one of us.
It’s going to be a great year and we will make sure to keep you well-informed about it!
With Heart and in Hope,