The #1 growth strategy – its not exotic fairtrade coffee or endless parking


Friends,  the rescheduled “Walking the Talk” congregational social action workshop with the Rev. Richard Gilbert is now open for registration.  This event is co-sponsored by our congregation and the Ballou Channing District of the UUA.

As the district’s new Growth Consultant I am very excited for this event.  Why?

Because the #1 growth strategy is taking action.  Well, maybe great worship is #1, but action is up there!  Cushy pews, exotic fair trade coffee, lofty sermons, facebook pages, tweeting ministers and endless parking are nothing compared to Unitarian Universalists putting their faith in action, getting outside the church, and engaging with the world.

Want to grow?  Grab a team and join us at Channing Church on February 27th, 2010. Information for this event may be found below as well as on our congregation’s website.

In faith,
Peter


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Registration for this event is being conducted through the EventBrite registration system. Online registration includes options for mailing payment by check.

“Unitarian Universalists Walking the Talk ”
Congregational Action and Social Justice
with the Rev. Richard Gilbert

A workshop on congregational action for social justice

Co-sponsored by the Ballou Channing District and
Channing Memorial Church, Newport, RI.

Unitarian Universalists are eloquent in talking about peace and social justice, but do we really “walk the talk?” This workshop will explore the spiritual roots of our concern for social justice and the unique UU mission to translate concern into action.

Participants will gain organizational tools for working with a congregation and planning for change.

DATE:
Saturday, February 27, 2010 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

LOCATION:
Channing Memorial Church
135 Pelham Street, Newport, RI
Church Office (401) 846-0643
See Google Map

REGISTRATION FEE:
$15.00 including LUNCH

REGISTER BY: February 24th registration deadline

PREPARATION: Each team of participants is asked to come with a completed Congregational Self-Analysis. Download file:

Congregational Self-Analysis (Word Doc)
Congregational Self-Analysis (RTF)
Congregational Self-Analysis (PDF)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Registration for this event is being conducted through the EventBrite registration system. Online registration includes options for mailing payment by check.

Dick Gilbert has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for 45 years, retired in 2005. Currently a Social Justice Coordinator of the St. Lawrence District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, he has taught at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Starr King School, and Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Gilbert’s publications include his Building Your Own Theology series; The Prophetic Imperative: Social Gospel in Theory and Practice; How Much Do We Deserve? An Inquiry into Distributive Justice; and In the Holy Quiet of this Hour: A Meditation Manual.

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