Upcoming Events:

  • October 20 – Congregational Meeting to vote on sale of Annex property (Friday night)
  • October 22 – White Supremacy Teach-In, Part 2 (Sunday, 12:30-2:00 pm)
  • October 24 – Policy What? Governance at OUUC (Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 pm)
  • November 4 – Conversation in Transition (Saturday, 9:00 am-12:30 pm)

I’ve said already, but it bears repeating: it’s a busy few weeks coming up at OUUC, particularly this next week. A recap:

Congregational Mtg. on Annex: The special congregational meeting is happening THIS Friday, October 20. This meeting will be to vote whether to sell our Annex property, located slightly north of our church. Arrive at 6:30 pm for sweet & savory snacks (bring one to share, if you can!); the meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

White Supremacy Teach-in Part 2: This Sunday will be Part 2 of the White Supremacy Teach-In. It’s a follow-up to the teach-in OUUC held in July. People of color who are leaders in our national UU community have once again called on congregations to explore, more deeply, the many ways that systemic white supremacy has permeated our culture and our faith tradition, and its consequences. This will be both a worship service and a workshop (running 12:30-2:00 pm that day). I look forward to working with Rev. Carol McKinley, and our Religious Educator Sara Lewis, on this service.

Policy What? Governance at OUUC: The governance model known as Policy Governance, adopted a few years ago at OUUC, functions differently than many people expect church governance to work, and is widely misunderstood, in my experience. On Tuesday, October 24, 7:00-8:30 pm, will be an opportunity to learn more – an initial presentation by me of its principles, strengths, and downsides, followed by extensive Q&A. All are welcome.

Conversation in Transition: Looking ahead to early November, I invite all members and friends to gather for conversation of recent events, including their legacy. We’ll have some time to consider moments in the history of OUUC that continue to impact it today. Then we’ll focus our time on conversations of recent events, with opportunities to hear from various sub-groups in the congregation, and have time toward the end to process what we’ve heard. This Conversation in Transition will be the first Saturday in November, November 4, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. All members and friends are welcome.

 

In faith,

Eric