October 21, 2016 – San Diego, CA.
Q: In our times there are shrinking budgets in the UUA, regions, and congregations for supporting programs including credentialing, services to all professional groups and congregational education around excellence in shared ministry. As UUA President, you are the key leader in setting goals or in Policy Governance language, “Ends.” Where will funding and staffing for Lifespan Faith Development rank in your priorities? And, please share an example of your vision.
The President of the UUA is responsible for implementing the Mission, the Vision, and the strategic Ends of the Association. My number one priority is the health and vitality of our congregations and religious communities. This begins with casting a clear and compelling mission and vision.
Currently the core purpose of the UUA is to serve the needs of the congregations. This is not nearly as compelling or inspiring as it could be. What if the core mission of the UUA was to equip our congregations to live into the multigenerational, multicultural future of the 21st century?
This mission would clarify the central importance of resourcing our congregations for strong lifespan religious education. This is critical because we are in a time of dramatic generational change with families.