On Sunday, June 14, the UUSGS Board of Trustees invited folks to attend a small group break out session after the service. This was a first step in beginning a congregational dialogue about how we want to be as a community during and after life changing events like COVID-19 and recent strides of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The board fully understands that a zoom break out into small groups does not work for everyone. Those with kids or those for whom Zoom just does not work in terms of connecting with others, we hear and see you! That’s why we included a link to the board’s open ended question in this message. Simply, our question is what is currently working well in your life that either helps you stay balanced or gives you joy and what are your wishes for the future?
The board hopes this dialogue will inform our path forward through this time of change. Again, we are going to start simple by asking: what is currently working well in your life that either helps you stay balanced or gives you joy and what are your wishes for the future? From here, we hope to understand how we feel about engaging in person, what that will look like and how we can serve one another and our community until that time comes.
This question has already helped the board understand where people are at currently in their lives and how our spiritual community can be a part of your quest for balance and joy. I am so thankful for the real, genuine, and frank answers some people gave in our live dialogue. These folks did not have the comfort of anonymity. Likewise, your response to this question by clicking on the link provided is not anonymous as we are using our membership database to share the board’s open-ended question and your demographic information already in Breeze will be attached to your response. I challenge you to lean into the exact same situation our live participants found themselves in as they spoke about their lives. Please know that all information said within the live small groups is kept confidential within the board of trustees and we will treat any electronic submissions the same way.
So take a few moments when you can to complete this one open ended question. Again, this is the first of more questions to come. If you couldn’t join us on the June 14 or if you were able to join us and want to share more, please do! Thank you for adding your voice to this important conversation!
The next time the board will host live break out sessions after the service will be on July 12. We can’t wait to see the many faces of our congregation again!