Last Spring, this congregation developed a new Vision, Mission and Ends (or Goals) to help map our way forward.
The new OUUC vision is for a loving, just, and healthy world.
The new OUUC mission says:
Our spiritual principles affirm the worth and dignity of every person, and that we are part of the infinite, interdependent WEB of life.
Welcome and Wonder
Embrace and Empower
Bridge and Become
The OUUC mission references the Unitarian Universalist Association seven principles, and specifically the 1st and 7th which say that we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people and the interdependent web of life of which we are a part. We affirm both the individual and the communal in the web of life.
For the past two years, we’ve had the practice of using monthly spiritual themes for our worship service, Thursday evening spiritual practices, and covenant circles. For example, past themes have been Beloved Community, Integrity, and Awe. For this year, we’ll be using words from the new Vision and Mission as our themes so we can deepen our understanding of the words we chose last Spring.
Our spiritual theme for September has been the Interdependent Web. The worship service on September 19 explored this theme and you can access it here. I invited reflection on when you have felt connected and when you’ve felt disconnected.
For October, our spiritual theme is “Loving.” Our mission invites us to envision a loving world. What would a loving world be like? I envision more love, more compassion, more justice. What do you imagine?
This coming Sunday we’ll celebrate the theme of Loving in our worship service. You can join the service online as always, or in person at OUUC by registering here. We’ll gather in the north parking lot near the Memorial Garden.
October is also Stewardship Month as we commit our financial resources to our community so we can live into our mission to fulfill our vision. Look for information in your mailbox soon or check out the OUUC website.
This month I invite you to consider where you experience a loving world and how you might contribute to creating more love. It is much needed right now.
Blessings on your week.