The Identity phase of our Ministerial Transition is the time to envision the congregation we want to be(come) in our future. It is arguably the most important step to complete before we search for a new settled minister.
The Rethinking Our Identity workshop is based on Appreciative Inquiry principles, an approach to organization transition that focuses on moments of exceptional pride and performance and creates a future that nurtures and supports even more pride and performance. In the workshop we will share our responses to eight ‘thought-provoking questions’ (see below) that probe our best and most memorable experiences of our lives in this congregation.
Over 60 congregants have already completed this 2 1/2 hour workshop and all have found it worthwhile and enjoyable. Many appreciated the chance to see and talk to others in this congregation, something we have been missing during the pandemic. Here are some participants’ comments:
“Very enjoyable and useful.”
“I was very engaged.”
“The questions are all about meaningful things.”
“The process itself was an example of meaningful connections when working in small groups at UCV.”
“Every member should take part in these workshops – interesting and very useful.”
“[The interview questions] are thought-provoking…I found the process good –
helpful, informative, stimulating.”
“This workshop was wonderful opportunity to share stories of what gives meaning to my life at UCV –
and to learn about others’ experiences too.”
We have scheduled workshops on Sept. 1, Sept. 9, Sept. 11 and Sept. 15, with more to follow.
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Here is an abbreviated version of the workshop’s thought-provoking questions:
- Reflecting on your entire experience at UCV, remember a time when you felt most engaged, alive, and motivated. Who was involved? What did you do? How did it feel? What happened?
- What are the healthiest, most life-giving aspects of the relationships among people at UCV? What would you say has been most valuable about your friendships in this community? Give some examples of how we live together at our best.
- What are the most valuable aspects of our congregation’s worship? What makes your worship alive and meaningful? What shapes your Unitarian faith?
- What do you believe are the most important and meaningful elements of our congregation’s engagement with the local community, the nation, and the world?
- What are the most important things our Unitarian community has contributed to your life? Who or what made a difference?
- What are the most valuable ways you contribute to our congregation – your personality, your perspectives, your skills, your activities, your character? Give me some examples.
- What do you think is the most important, life-giving characteristic of our UCV congregation? What makes Unitarians or UCV unique?
- Make three wishes for the future of our Vancouver Unitarians congregation. Describe what this religious community would look like as these wishes come true.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Join an ROI Workshop and help create our future.