Policy Governance Follow-Up

Rev. Linda Hart’s Installation

Conversation in Transition

Semper Reformanda

Away Early Next Week

 

Policy Governance Follow-Up: Thanks to those of you who attended last night’s info session on Policy Governance. I referenced several times in that presentation, a document published be the International Policy Governance Association, which serves as the “Source Document,” or defining statement, of the principles underlying policy governance. The link to that document is below the next paragraph.

But I’ll add that this document describes a secular approach to these governance principles. Many have noted that this style of governance is an imperfect fit for churches, synagogues, and congregations, and requires some adaptations. Fortunately, many of those adaptations have already been considered by others. I also referred in the presentation to Unity Consulting, the organization which consults with congregations on adopting and implementing this approach to governance. (Unity Consulting is run by the UU congregation in St. Paul, MN that was the first UU congregation to fully implement policy governance in 1994.) OUUC boards have worked with their Managing Director, Laura Park, on more than one occasion over the last several years. Their website also has a number of online resources, available for anyone who’d like to know more. That page also is linked below.

Policy Governance Source Document:  https://www.policygovernanceassociation.org/resources/principles-of-policy-governance.html

Unity Consulting – Resources: http://www.unityconsulting.org/resources.html

Rev. Linda Hart’s Installation: Many of you know that our closest neighboring UU congregation, Tahoma UU Congregation in Tacoma, has as its minister Rev. Linda Hart, member of OUUC since before she became an ordained minister. She has served the church for a couple years on a contract basis but recently was called to be their settled minister. As is our UU custom, when a minister is newly called, the congregation marks the occasion with a special ceremony of installation.

And we’re invited! Tahoma’s Installation service will be this Sunday evening, October 29, at 6:30 PM. They’re expecting many out-of-town guests, so they’ve rented the sanctuary of another church, with more seating: the service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 Portland Ave. East in Tacoma. I will be there and encourage others to attend as well. Hope to see you there!

Conversation in Transition: Just a reminder: in just a week and a half, we gather for Conversation in Transition – all members are encouraged to attend this interim ministry event. I will facilitate conversation on aspects of our history that still impact our present, followed by focused conversations on recent congregational issues. Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:00AM-12:30 pm in our sanctuary – please join us.

Semper Reformanda: It’s the title of this Sunday’s sermon. It means “always reforming.” Often on the last Sunday of October, I’ll offer a service on remembering those who have died in the congregation. This year, I’m moving that remembrance to the next weekend, the first Sunday in November. Because this Sunday marks a special anniversary in religious history: it was 500 years ago – October 1517 – that Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses on religious reform to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. This marks the start of the Protestant Reformation. Though we have changed in many ways, our Unitarian and Universalist predecessors both evolved out of Protestant Christianity. So 500 years later, we’ll explore how we’ve changed, and in what ways we still carry that reforming spirit forward. We’ll also welcome new church members!

Away Early Next Week: Following Rev. Hart’s installation service, I will head on to the Pacific NW District UU Ministers’ Retreat in Federal Way. I’ll be away this coming Monday and Tuesday, and will return Wednesday afternoon. Have a Happy Halloween!

In faith,

Eric