Hello from the Vision/Identity/Mission Team! Please join together in guided conversation about the following questions. More dates will be added soon! Childcare provided if requested.
The questions we are about to discuss were formulated to address the two First Unitarian Church Priorities for this year:
Create a strong sense of BELONGING for ALL who enter our doors
Explore paths to the formation of a long-lasting and meaningful FIRST UNITARIAN / COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
Question #1: What understanding do you have of what it takes to be an effective partner with someone whose voice is not represented? If you feel your voice is not represented, what qualities would you want in a partner?
Question #2: What knowledge/experiences do you personally, and do we as a church community, need to gain to be prepared to be effective partners?
Questions #3: Partnerships build relationships. Partners support and learn from each other. Thinking first of the local community level, some examples of our current church partnerships include Kris Rust connecting First U with the Lemington Gospel Chorale and Marty Lieb connecting First U with Habitat for Humanity in Homewood. What local social justice organizations are you already associated with?
Question #4: On a larger scale, Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) is focused on the following issues: gun safety, immigration, gerrymandering/Fair Districts PA, free and fair elections, domestic abuse, anti-mass incarceration, economic justice, environmental justice, and reproductive justice. The Unitarian Universalist Association is focused on: economic justice, climate and environmental justice, racial justice, immigrant justice, LGBTQ justice, reproductive justice, and voting rights. What justice issues drive you and why? What would you like to see as a First U congregational study item that could help guide us to further action?