Congregations and Beyond
This page contains resources and information related to the “Congregations and Beyond” white paper released by UUA President Peter Morales on January 20th, 2012. Includes links to related resources including how to use social media to join the conversation!
Description from UUA website: In Congregations and Beyond, the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), offers a vision of the opportunities and challenges that face Unitarian Universalism as an international movement. He presents a strategic direction for Unitarian Universalism consistent with our core values and historic willingness to push beyond pre-determined boundaries. All Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to read, discuss, and share Congregations and Beyond.
The following video is a screencast of a prezi presentation by Terasa Cooley describing a new strategic vision of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
- Vision for Unitarian Universalism: Congregations and Beyond
Homepage for the “Congregations and Beyond” initiative.
- “Congregations and Beyond: Consultation” post by UUA President Morales about February consultation in Florida.
- UU World Article: UUA looking beyond traditional congregations
The Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, the UUA’s director of Congregational Life, is encouraging congregations to connect with people in unconventional ways.
- UU World Storifying this conversation.
- Congregations and Beyond Wiki
- Official UUA Congregations and Beyond Facebook group
- Tweet using the #CongBeyond hashtag. This will allow anyone to pull up a list of all of our #CongBeyond tweets regardless of whether or not they are following you. It makes a unified conversation
President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, the Rev. Peter Morales, preaches at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA on February 12, 2012. He suggests that “What do you believe?” is the wrong question for our liberal religious faith to ask or answer. The purpose of our faith pre-dates, and goes beyond religious beliefs. Video by Barbara Johnson.
February 2012 “Orlando Consultation”
In her blog post “A Vow and A Vision” Terasa Cooley, UUA Director of Congregational Life, reflects on the “Congregations and Beyond” vision, explains her role in ” championing this initiative” and announces February 1 – 3, 2012 consultation held in Orlando, Florida.
She writes, “Toward that end we will be holding a consultation in early February to explore some new strategies we might employ. Included in this consultation are a collection of people who have been doing some of the most innovative work in reaching out to Unitarian Universalists in a multitude of ways. We know there are many others who are exploring these concepts and we hope this consultation will be just the beginning of creating multiple learning communities.“
I am honored to have been one of the participants. Most exciting for me was collaborating with other participants to bring ideas into the consultation via social media. As we moved through the facilitated process, I shared many of the questions in the Congregations and Beyond Facebook group while Rev. Naomi King did the same via Twitter. Very quickly ideas from across the UUA where being woven into the conversation. We even held a tweetchat during lunch one day so we could have a focused conversation with those participating online.