UUA President Morales reporting…

Reading a UU World.org article on our association’s budget I saw mention of a report by UUA President Peter Morales to the board.

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Monitoring Report—Global Ends
Peter Morales, UUA President.
March 2010

The monitoring report is a document required to be submitted by the UUA President to the UUA Board per the new governance model our association is using describing the state of the association and its progress toward global end statements / goals established by the board.

What’s in this report? Its a great snapshot of where we are in terms of #s and describes primary initiatives underway and in the works.  Well worth a quick read.  It includes the following  sections:

Assumptions—a discussion of the key ideas that underlie and unify our programmatic initiatives, including how these relate to our global ends.

Logical Model—a discussion of the model of how congregations thrive and grow and how one must lead change in our movement.

The current situation
—a presentation of key indicators of the health and vitality of Unitarian Universalism today.

The UUA’s strategic vision—building upon the assumptions, logical model, and assessment of our situation, the administration’s strategy for achieving our ends.

Implementation status—Where we are in the process of implementing this vision.


My thoughts?   Well, its an affirmation that I have my work cut out for me!  Looks like my district is the most declining of them all — but we already knew that.

Good to get in at the ground level.  Right?  I’m fortunate that the people in my district are excited about our potential, interested in new collaborations, and open to change.

For the record, I love that this level of information is being shared publicly.  We need this level of reporting to maintain our focus, the sense of urgency, and keeping the growth conversation going.

Your thoughts on the report?

6 thoughts on “UUA President Morales reporting…

    1. Hi Bill, As a minister’s husband I am regularly meeting people new to our congregation and hearing their stories. I have watched people discover our faith and our congregations later in life and have seen it radically change their lives for the better. How often does this happens and in what numbers across our association, I don’t know. I have personally seen it multiple times and that’s enough to fuel my work. 😉

  1. sure… but Morales’s report has a bit a of a wishful tone to it… there’s a mass of people in dire need of US out there, if only we could figure out how to connect with them.

    I think it’s a bit more competitive than that. There are alternatives out there people can find that will also radically change their lives for the better. Just assuming it’s US alone that can fufile a big mistake. A bit of an arrogant mistake that’ll cost us.

    1. Great point. That’s one of the challenges for sure. We’re but one of many options in the “spiritual marketplace” as I heard one person describe it. If we think we’re the one thing that can address the hurts and hopes of these masses of people we’re sorely mistaken and, as you say, it will cost us. Thanks for your comments Bill.

  2. To me, the most important line in this fantastic overview of the state of our religion is this:

    “What is needed in Unitarian Universalism today is ultimately religious and cultural. It is not “technical.” If
    we look at our most successful and thriving congregations, we see that what distinguishes them is not
    some technique or “best practice,” but rather a spirit of deep compassion and the qualities mentioned in
    the Board’s ends: joy, finding their ministry, meaningful worship, etc.”

    We need to take a collective step back from the hyper-cerebral formula-seeking mindset that so many of us get caught-up in, and realize that successful churches are ones that have a contagious spirit of love. I think this is best spread when the church leaders themselves are deeply spiritual. To folks from other religions, that sounds like a no-brainer, but I think many UU ministers either don’t have strong personal faith – or at least don’t know how to share it.

    I am lucky to be in a congregation now (UUCA) where our minister regularly testifies his faith in God, humanity, life etc. That is what inspires me and keeps me coming back.

  3. Thanks for noting this and blogging about it, Peter. Much cool stuff there. But I didn’t see anything about church plantings. Growing existing congregations is only part of the need. Founding new congregations should be vital.

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