In 2011, the Board of Trustees at UCS resolved to engage the congregation in a visioning process designed to create a five-year Strategic Plan. Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a communal planning methodology that focuses organizations on what is working and how to build on those assets, was chosen as the basis of the process.
The decision to use AI was grounded in the belief in the power of many, over few. We believe our best ideas come when we conceive and act on them together. While we understand that large group discovery processes can take more time than other methods of decision-making, we view the many benefits that will flow from our collaboration as worthwhile.
The Strategic Planning Team, which concluded its work in June 2013, included the following members: Roger Anderson, Ellen Boylan, Laura Buoncore, Karen Damato, Susan Kuney (chair), Becky Sinden, Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Rev. Kim Tomaszewski and David Wagner. The team was fortunate enough to have the advice and counsel of consultants from long-time UCS member, Paul Belliveau and from consultants, Executive Soul who guided them through the process.
After a two-year process, which included participation from over 175 members, the Strategic Planning Team created a five-year plan to be our congregation’s guide in realizing our mission and vision. In June 2013, the Board of Trustees brought the Strategic Plan to the congregation at our annual meeting which was unanimously approved. We invite you to read our 2013-14 Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Planning Team concluded its work in June 2013.
The Board of Trustees then established a committee to oversee the implementation of the plan led by Christopher Burtt and Rev. Emilie Boggis. The Strategic Implementation Committee is now working with staff and congregational leaders and committees to put our plan into action. In our first year, we are focusing on goals in music, stewardship, communications, technology and social justice. The Committee will present regular progress reports through our regular publications.
We invite you to come and grow with us as we live into our Strategic Plan. In worship services and CHAT (Church Happens Again Tuesdays) throughout the 2013-2014 year, our congregation is unpacking our mission statement. What does it mean to be radically inclusive (Fall 2013)? How do we feed the human spirit (Winter 2014)? What will it take to heal the world (Spring 2014)? We invite you to show up to worship and CHAT as these questions and our answers to them are important to the work of our strategic plan.