Mission & Vision

Thank you!

Over 186 members and friends gathered and generated 150 values, 183 highlights about FRS revealed through individual stories, and 441 wishes for what you imagine in the future for FRS. To say we couldn’t have done it without you is an understatement. Thank you for all of this contribution.

 

it passed unanimously at the Congregational meeting!

Values

are those timeless qualities we seek to embody in all we do

  • Authentic Connection
  • Courageous Action
  • Love
  • Spirituality
  • Wonder

Mission

looks at what is our transcendent purpose and whose lives will we change

Come as you are

Journey together in love

Act with courage

Transform our world

Ends

are intended to be more specific, answering the question what measurable difference will we make and for whom?

Together we, across the lifespan:

    • Connect to spirituality, joy and wonder in diverse worship and music experiences that develop lives of courage, meaning, hope, and love.
    • Articulate our individual and congregational Unitarian Universalist identity, deepen our understanding of it, teach it to our children, and live it in the world.
    • Foster an authentic intergenerational church community.
    • Welcome people in all their diversity and create belonging for one another.
    • Support one another in the joys, sorrows, and transitions of our life journeys.
    • Work in partnership, as individuals and as a congregation, to advance justice and put courageous love in service to our community and our world.
    • Honor our FRS and UU heritage as we journey together.

Dear members and friends,

In case you missed this morning’s Sunday virtual service we wanted to share the outcome and some background of the mission vision work that started last Spring with the congregation’s vote to engage Laura Park of Unity Consulting. Our work together called us to reimagine our mission and vision and to then develop values, mission and ends as a result of this work.

The board’s job with all this data was to discern what is at the heart of this feedback. What were you telling us about the central purpose of this community and the difference in lives we are called to make.

The board observed the workshops, collected the data, distilled it, and lived with it for several more weeks following the workshops. We then met for a day and a half in retreat with the consultant to synthesize this tremendous body of work – arriving at four values we truly feel express those qualities we all want to embody.

After reaching consensus on values, we broke into several groups, each working on articulating a mission. We brought the individual missions together, broke them down and hashed them out over a long afternoon to determine a mission we believe captures the essence of what people seek here at FRS and how they want to live in the world.

Lastly, we moved on to creating the ends which took up the balance of the retreat, part of the next board meeting and another special meeting with Laura Park to firm up our version that is now being shared with all of you.

We are so excited to finally share this with you and to create this jumping off point for our future work together.

On behalf of the board, thank you.

Thank you for supporting this work.

Thank you for sharing in this work.

Thank you for receiving this work.

We are so grateful,

Reverend Rebecca and

Karen Young, Parish Board Chair

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