At its October 25 meeting, the Board of Trustees endorsed adoption of three major church goals for 2023. In accordance with East Shore’s Policies, the goals must be presented to the congregation for comment before the Board can consider final adoption. Your feedback is needed.
The goals follow, but this listing and brief explanation do not present a complete rationale as to why each goal was chosen or to provide suggested ways on how to move forward. The goals are rich, complete, and created with great intention. You can see the full document here.
Establish or deepen a relationship with at least one local organization serving the LGBTQ+ communities. It has been nearly 20 years since East Shore engaged in all-congregational work on LGBTQ+ justice and became a Welcoming Congregation. Progress has been made, but recent political and cultural threats reaffirm the need to take greater action.
Intentionally apply a multicultural, anti-racist approach and lens in all ministry team activities, program development, and other aspects of congregational life. In this first year of the goal, the focus will be on welcoming, membership, worship, and RE to create a community where all people are welcomed as blessings and the human family lives whole and reconciled.
Intentionally create pathways that support current and future leaders to develop leadership skills in all aspects/areas of the church. Current and aspiring leaders should have an opportunity to hone leadership skills unique to East Shore and Unitarian Universalism.
You are invited to review and comment on the goals. Please send your feedback to Mary Anderson no later than November 6. All comments will be forwarded to the Board for its consideration at their November meeting. Following ratification, the goals above will replace the prior year’s goals in Policy 1. GOALS.
by Mary Anderson & Ann Carlstrom