A Shared Vision for Our Future
- Guided by an Ethic of Shared Leadership
- Developed in Dialogue
- SHARED VISION: Inspire, Equip, & Grow UUs to Lead with Love!
- Ignite Faith, Empower Change, and Advance Justice
I. Guided by an Ethic of Shared Leadership
We want a president committed to a shared vision that will guide us in being and becoming a relevant, robust, and resilient faith. Our UUA President and Staff are partners with our Moderator and UUA Board of Trustees in holding relationships of accountability to member congregations, to the General Assembly, and to current and future Unitarian Universalists. In policy governance, the Board holds a special responsibility to articulate the vision in the form of long-term strategic ends and to monitor how we are progressing against a set of measurements connect to those goals. The President holds a special responsibility to articulate and implement the vision through strategic plans that describe what the vision will look like on the ground during her tenure and to oversee the staff operations to fulfill those plans.
Alison has experiences in governance and leadership in both UU and non-UU settings, in small start-up non-profits and in large established non-profits. She has been a part of healthy models where the Board and the Executive worked together as a team and as a community of learners, who counted on one another’s honesty, creativity, vision, and adaptability to move these organizations forward at critical times. She brought to those tables and will bring to our staff table and board table a team mentality where people are empowered to use their gifts and insights in service of a dynamic, healthy future.
II. Developed in Dialogue
Alison and her team have been in dialogue with many Unitarian Universalists in various ways, including online Listening Circles over the last 12 months focused on a range of topics, including pressing justice issues, opportunities in congregations of different sizes, our diverse theologies, and more. She has attended regional gatherings, General Assembly, LREDA Fall Conference, the BLUU Convening, the Senior Ministers of Large UU Churches Conference, and visited congregations of all sizes in different pockets of the country. All of this travel has connected to the current opportunities and challenges, hopes and concerns of UU leaders located all around the U.S. She has also heard and answered the questions that are on your hearts and minds through Presidential Candidate forums. (The last forum will be at GA in New Orleans.) Alison has also had numerous conversations with people over the phone, Facebook and Twitter, email, and coffee. Please know that you are welcome to contact our team with your thoughts and hopes here: www.alisonforuuapresident.org/contact/.
Alison has found these stakeholder conversations invaluable to ground her growing vision of what comes next in your experiences, both positive and disappointing, and your aspirations for our beloved faith. If she is elected president, she will continue to make it a priority for our UUA to remain connected to UUs in the field, inside of and outside of our congregations.
III. SHARED VISION: Inspire, Equip, & Grow UUs to Lead with Love!
In addition to our UUA’s covenantal commitments to present and future UUs and to our member congregations, our covenantal ties take shape in the call to build the Beloved Community – within and beyond our walls and institutions – that includes all of humanity and every living being.
In a world reaping the effects of division, devastation, and dehumanization, we need the healing power of a faith that fortifies and lifts our spirits to be able to say a collective “Yes!” to the risks that love demands. We can embody our shared purpose through planting, tending, and growing communities where we ignite faith, empower change, and advance justice.
IV. A UUA that Leads with Love will Ignite Faith, Empower Change, and Advance Justice:
IGNITE FAITH across generations and across cultural confines. We can make room for diverse theologies, cultures, and practices allowing for more people to find a spiritual community.
To do this more effectively:
- We will expand our worship resources and trainings for religious professionals and lay leaders to support multicultural, multigenerational, multiracial, religiously diverse and theologically complex communities.
- We will innovate and invest in lifespan faith development pathways that serve the rising generations, families, and elders to support communities that people don’t graduate from so easily, or drift away from at moments of lifecycle transitions.
- We will communicate and build community in multiple contexts, so people can find us seven days a week in congregations, in prisons, on campuses, in retirement communities, in emerging spaces, online, and on the streets. We can stop being the hard to find faith and become the faith that shows up where you are.
EMPOWER CHANGE by becoming a nimble network that links headquarters and regional leadership with the people serving in the congregations and the covenanted communities that drive our faith forward.
To do this more effectively:
- We will reallocate staff time to build relationships between our UUA (headquarters and regional staff) and local communities and cultivate connections between the congregations/ covenanted communities themselves.
- We will prioritize stewardship at the headquarters in order to adequately fund core operations and also provide resources and grants for entrepreneurial ministries, faith in emerging spaces, religious professional formation, and lay leadership development.
- We will equip leaders in our congregations through fundraising trainings that address generational shifts, leveraging technology, and developing alternative sources of revenue.
- We will investigate who are and where are the underserved populations (race, class, age, ability, region, etc.) who might find a spiritual home in our faith. We will identify resources and invest in UU communities who have a mission that includes leadership and service to/with and by/for underserved populations.
ADVANCE JUSTICE through centering the collective leadership of people on the margins of our faith institutions and on the margins of the towns and cities in which we live.
To do this more effectively:
- We will increase the numbers of people of color and indigenous people who are in central decision-making positions about our present and future directions. This will involve intentional shifts in hiring, retention, advancement, and hierarchy at the UUA and supporting similar changes in our congregations/covenanted communities.
- We will evaluate our justice work in the world through a lens of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and intersectionality with a goal of partnering and following the lead of marginalized peoples who are disproportionately impacted by unjust policies and actions.
- We will build on our public witness programs and equip UUs to organize for change through robust and holistic means, making use of education, agitation, advocacy, interfaith partnerships and community organizing.
Unitarian Universalism is a faith that offers inspiration, renewal, and hope in our broken world. Our congregations and covenanted communities can be the places where we practice the work of repair and reconciliation with one another, with all beings, and with our earth.
We can all say a wholehearted “Yes!” to the call to “Lead with Love.” Together, we can ignite faith, empower change, and advance justice.
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Alison for UUA_Shared Vision
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