Our Vision

Goals for Our Next Five Years

adopted May 2011

The Vision Team has identified the following goals based on our year-long congregational visioning process. In these goals, we seek to: build on our identified strengths; extend our passion for love, peace and justice; strengthen our community in care and spiritual life; and affirm our differing gifts, life stages, and life circumstances.

Goal 1: Deepen the gift of community and care for one another

  • Through our Christian Education program, expand our practice of faith exploration for children, teenagers, families, and people of all stages of life
  • Equip laity and clergy to collaborate more fully in spiritual care and worship life
  • Create a small group ministry program that offers opportunities for community building and faith sharing

Goal 2: Enrich our relationship with our immediate neighborhood

  • Express our values visibly through our physical space inside and outside
  • Act as partner to neighborhood organizations working to build community in Marcy Holmes
  • Create a regular rhythm of events that offer meals and other forms of hospitality
  • Encourage building use by community groups

Goal 3: Explore campus ministry possibilities

  • Connect to UCC students coming to the University of MN
  • Design a ministry targeted toward LGBT students
  • Participate in an emerging discussion around campus ministry initiatives in the Minnesota Conference UCC

Goal 4: Live out more fully our core value of social justice

  • Charge the Board of Christian Involvement to build a sustained relationship with an organization they identify, integrating an action/reflection model for participants that emphasizes mutual transformation
  • Continue to provide a variety of regular hands-on service opportunities in the wider community
  • Create space in our schedule to recognize and reflect on how we as individuals live out our values
  • Celebrate and make more accessible community outreach efforts already underway
  • Identify certain advocacy organizations to which we would make a congregational commitment
  • Create a long-term plan to examine the reality of racial and economic privilege in our congregation and community
  • Investigate alternative energy for our building and other ways to be more sustainable

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