There are three things I’ve found helpful in developing who I am – to state my opinions boldly, to understand how I form relationships, and to maintain my presence of mind in times of stress and anxiety. These are things I offer to you as well this past week to develop Sophrosyne – which is to understand yourself so clearly you’ll always be able to make the right decision.
While contemplate these things for us individually, we should also contemplate this for ourselves as an institution. What are the bold opinions we hold as Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist? How do we relate to the rest of the community and to the visitors that come on Sunday? What is our collective response to the anxiety of the nation facing hurricanes and political storms?
There will be two processes to help us answer these questions. One is a strategic planning process initiated by the board to have a 3-5 year strategic plan. The other is a call process in which a committee appointed by the board will look deeply at who we are to determine if I should be your first called minister or if another minister would match Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist better.
My hope is that everyone in the congregation will know who they are as a person, and who we are as a community. To be able to clearly express who we are beyond people and policies. I view the role of the minister to be the facilitator of the congregational spirit; and for that to happen, we have to be quite clear as to what our common spirit is! I hope you will accept invitations in the future to give input as to what shape our collective ministry should take and the strategies we need to get there.