After the 5/05 potluck, many members provided their ideas to help the UUMC Leadership and Ministries Teams determine the church goals into 2019 and beyond.
The visioning was two pronged: 1) To provide the UUMC Leadership Team with ideas to develop the church goals for July 2018-June 2019 and beyond and 2) to help the UUMC Mission and Social Justice Team determine the direction of our “Healthier St. Louis” theme for the coming year.
Numerous ideas were provided for church goals in the following areas:
- Reaching new people
- Reaching across ages, nations, sexual orientations, etc.
- Buildings and Grounds
On the other side, the Mission theme will come from the “For the Sake of All” study by Washington University of St. Louis on improving the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis. UUMC members expressed their interest to volunteer in one or more of these areas:
- Improve economic opportunities
- Participate with school-based health programs
- Improve the quality of neighborhoods
- Improve early childhood
- Reduce chronic and infectious diseases
- Improve mental health
Each area received some support with the strongest interest of improving early childhood and improving economic opportunities for African Americans in St. Louis.
The entire church thanks everyone for their involvement during this important planning effort. In July, when the UUMC program year starts, the teams will use these ideas to identify the church’s specific goals and approaches for the coming year. After those are formalized, we will share them with the UUMC family.