First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

(Revised with congregational input from January 2020 townhall meeting.)

Identity – Mission / Vision / Covenant:

“What kind of a church do we want to become?”

  • Discern who we are now, where are we going in the future, and how we will treat one another.
  • Build a culture of mutual trust and develop effective ways to have open and transparent communications with each other (members, Board, clergy and staff).  
  • Craft a Mission, Vision, and Covenant that are common knowledge and, along with a Strategic Plan and Annual Vision of Ministry, inform decision-making.

Governance, Ministry, and Administration:

“How can we have a healthy relationship with our Senior Minister and with the UUA?”

  • Implement and refine our new Principles of Governance, including our new management and administrative structure.
  • Expand the financial capacity of the Church in order to sustain fair compensation, enhance our physical plant, grow programs, and achieve Honor Congregation status in the UUA Annual Program Fund.
  • Prepare the congregation to call a Settled Minister.

Multiculturalism, Anti-racism, and Inclusion:

“How can we increase diversity in our church and work to dismantle white supremacy?”

  • Engage the congregation in deep dialogue on multiculturalism, anti-racism, true inclusion, and our journey towards spiritual wholeness.
  • Align the institutional framework of the Church with the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism. Encourage the increased involvement of members from underrepresented groups in congregational life and Church leadership at all levels.
  • Build a diverse, intergenerational, multicultural Beloved Community in the Church.

Multi-site Model:

“What is our vision for and commitment to multi-site?”

  • Assess our two-campus model and clarify our vision for two campuses.
  • Optimize our current two-campus operating model and establish best spiritual, programmatic, and administrative practices for the Church to thrive and realize our potential in both locations.

Growth and Membership Engagement:

“More people should be here with us – how do we engage them?”

  • Provide more structure and opportunities for engagement within and beyond the Church:
    • In congregational life — spiritual and intellectual growth, pastoral care, building community, finding meaning, contributing skills to teams and committees, developing leadership, etc.
    • With community needs, programs, and organizations, so that the Church is visibly engaged with our partners.
    • With larger organizations like the UUA, UUSC, and Houston area UU congregations.
  • Increase active membership and provide a path for involvement of members, their children and youth.

February 22, 2020