A strong majority of Vancouver Unitarians reported that the most important and meaningful aspects or our engagement with each other and the world are social actions by individuals and groups; how we walk the talk. The personal and spiritual growth that contributes to our lives is closely bound up with the activities we choose to engage in. Many noted that social activism is the most important life-giving characteristic of our community, and it grows out of our willingness, openness, and commitment to our principles and shared values. This engagement and activism take a myriad of forms within our congregation and in the wider community and world.
More than 130 congregants answered eight Thought-Provoking Questions about their experiences in the UCV congregation. The Congregational Identity Team (CIT – Rob Dainow, Leslie Hill, Marg Fletcher, Naomi Taylor, John Boyle) analyzed these responses into the six major, interdependent themes shown in the figure. WALKING THE TALK is one of them.
The full CIT report is available online here. You can read more about how the CIT collected and analyzed the 130 responses on page 3, and about how WALKING THE TALK is so important to our congregational identity on page 18.
Explore the history of the Congregational Identity Team and its work here: ucv.im/cit.