Last Saturday our Board of Trustees, along with Becky Brown and Amy Wilkerson, met for a board retreat. Thank you to Gary and Anne Culbertson for sharing their home with us for the day and to David Allen for moderating our discussions and keeping us on track. Our purpose was to discuss where we are and where we are heading as a fellowship along with some more specific goals for this year. Please contact me or any member of the board with reactions, comments, and/or ideas. I welcome your feedback.
Who are we? We are an emerging congregation with intent of becoming a full member of UUA; welcoming to all; believing in “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; accepting of all journeys of spirituality; non-dogmatic; nonjudgmental; community members; built on a long UU tradition/history.
Where are we now? We are stable, [mostly aging] small congregation/fellowship; we are currently addressing the needs of our congregation; we are getting information out to the community but want to increase the ways we are do that; we have a community outreach with our collections for Backpack for Kids and wonder if we could be doing more;
We are currently meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 4:00 pm. Do we want to continue these times?
Where are we going? If we wish to grow how can we align what we are doing with different age groups/demographics/interests/community?
Areas of interest to explore for community outreach and social justice:
immigration issues (Judy will investigate and report back)
black lives matter (Amy will investigate and report back)
Last year the board invested time and energy in making sure the bylaws reflect current and best practices. Those were accepted at the June general membership meeting.
This year the Board Members will spend time investigating and studying all aspects of a possible part-time minister. This will include research on requirements to move forward; financial needs; and resources available for us. We welcome input from all members.
Other things we will work on are developing protocols for the way we do things (enabling new participants to help), the ways we communicate, and the ways we can better serve our members. We are blessed with a growing community of members and friends, a board that is able to work together, and an interest in growing our fellowship.
It takes many hands and hearts working together to build a fellowship. I hope you will join the conversations and the work of building PUUF to meet the spiritual and social justice needs of our local community.
PUUF board president
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Judy Arbogast (president)
Gary Culbertson (vice president)
Ellie Klauminzer (past president)
Beth Allen (secretary)
Gail Sandlin (treasurer)