“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” — Frederick Buechner
The UUC is exploring the possibility of undertaking an outward-facing community ministry in the future. We are inviting input from congregants to hear their ideas, desires, sense of abundance, and sources of concern or fear. This input will be used – along with strategic research, communication, and planning – to discern what shape such a ministry might take and what steps are needed to get us there.
Core considerations for outward-facing ministry are:
- We are not acting out of self-interest (i.e. not doing it to boost our membership nor our pledges nor our reputation)
- All congregants should be able to be involved in some way; and
- Relationship is at its center. Rather than imposing what we think is needed on others, we will seek to understand what needs exist – and whether our help is wanted – and work to meet those needs in partnership.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman