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UUAA Vision 2050 Project

What will our congregation look like one generation from now? UUAA has begun a congregation-wide discussion and discernment of our purpose and vision.  As we look forward a full generation, what will our beloved community be?  How will we experience UUAA? What would we see, hear, smell, touch, taste 30 years from now? And what is the difference that we want to make in this world?

The Board of Trustees realizes that for this to be successful we must reach out to a broad representation of our community.  Watch for information about opportunities to be involved in this important work. The commitment from the Board of Trustees for this process: transparency, high level of engagement from the congregation, and ownership of the results.

If you have a question or suggestion about UUAA visioning, you can contact the BOT Vision Project Chairs using this form.

Thanks in advance for your participation!
Erik Stalhandske, for the Board of Trustees

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Our Consultant-- Elandria Williams




Consultant Elandria Williams will be guiding us through our visioning project. Elandria is currently co-moderator for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). She will visit our congregation in March to get to know more about us and facilitate the purpose/ visioning work design. A skilled facilitator and leader, Elandria works internationally and locally with communities in developing and living fully into vision and purpose. 

Elandria came to Ann Arbor to get us started with a design workshop the week end of March 8th/9th. About 40 UUAA leaders took part in the 2-day high energy workshop.






Visioning Timeline

The Steps for the Visioning Process are:

checkedcircle     January 2019 - Introduction to Elandria Williams and congregation warm up exercises. [See output from January warm up exercise.]

checkedcircle     March 8th and 9th - Design Charette-- a retreat with representatives from a cross section of UUAA activity groups.[Jump to overview]


[... full timeline coming soon]


Visioning Activities 


-- March 8th and 9th - Design Charette

The Board of Trustees recruited about 40 people from many committees and groups within UUAA to gather on March 8-9 for a Visioning "Design Charette". (a collaborative working group). 











Throughout the 2-day gathering, our consultant Elandria Williams guided the group through exercises that included individual reflection, small group work, large group conversations, and group sharing-- all with the aim of analyzing UUAA in the current moment and thinking about how we might envision our future selves.

On Friday, the group was asked to write down what they would need for the visioning process to feel inclusive and answered these questions:

-- what one change in practice would you like to see?
-- what one policy change would you like to see?
-- what one by-law change would you like to see?
-- what one decision-making change would you like to see?


On Saturday, small groups took our congregation’s Core Values and thought about more specific expressions of the values that we felt were most important to lift up now.

 Then the group worked on a congregational assessment by breaking up into sub-groups and answering these questions:

-- What are the emerging issues facing the congregation?
-- What are the emerging issues facing Ann Arbor and the greater Ann Arbor community?
-- Who participates in the life of the congregation?
-- What are the challenges facing the congregation?
-- What are the opportunities presented to the congregation?
-- What are UUAA’s strengths?


 Finally, there was a series of discussions that generated detailed ideas on how to engage the congregation in the visioning process. Participants discussed what they would need to be engaged themselves.


You can read the full set of notes using this link.



-- January 13, 2019 Warmup Visioning Exercise

We began our purpose/ visioning at the winter Congregational Meeting Sunday, January 13th. 130 congregants contributed words and imagery about their thoughts on how they would like UUAA to look one generation from now. Note that this was a "conversation starter" and was not intended to show a representative sample of the congregation.





Click this link to view a slide show of some of the responses from the January 13th, 2019 exercise.










 Meeting Notes

Leadership Meeting April 6, 2019