Every week we are invited to recite these words:
Our mission is to create a joyful sanctuary for spiritual and intellectual growth,
embracing all souls in a nurturing community
from which we go forth as activists for social justice
and as stewards of the natural world.
These are, of course, the words of our Mission Statement. In a few weeks I’m planning to preach on the topic of mission, and I’m curious. What does mission mean to you? What do you associate with the word “mission?” Does it carry good or bad connotations for you? How do you feel about our UUFB mission statement? Are we living into our mission? If you have thoughts, I’d love to hear them.
These are questions that are living in my mind, as the Board and I prepare to re-launch a strategic planning process. We’re not ready yet, we have some studying, thinking, and planning to do before we begin engaging the rest of the congregation. For me, though, it begins with our mission, our vision of ourselves, and how we tell our stories.
That’s what I’m thinking about right now. How about you?
I’m grateful to be here, and I’m committed to this congregation. I’m also glad you’re here and part of the Fellowship. Get vaccinated when you can, if you’re able. Be well, and stay safe!
Rev. Lori Hlaban