On March 25, 2017 at the UUCOV annual meeting, the congregation voted to support the UUA Declaration of Conscience joining over 300+ other UU congregations in support. In true UU fashion we spoke for and against signing the Declaration as a congregation. We supported our principle, "the use of the democratic process within our congregation.” My regret: The unanticipated hurt and, in some cases, anger and the unacceptable words used by some. We have experienced a breach in our covenantal behavior. We failed to “listen with openness and acceptance.” In the beginning this issue seemed so simple. My hope is that we will come together stronger, that our core beliefs, our mutual caring, and the feeling we had when we signed the book to join UUCOV will pull us together, stronger than ever.
Also at the Annual Meeting, we voted to modernize our lanai, transitioning it from a screened in porch to a welcoming gateway to our sanctuary. It will have sliding glass doors, windows and exit doors on the side. We also anticipate much more space to display upcoming event fliers and announcements for community events.
During the coming year, 2017-18, we anticipate holding meetings to discuss our future facility needs. I have heard talk of a fellowship hall, a gazebo, a shelter with a roof and picnic tables, and an amphitheater. We will talk and discuss these and other options and how they could help us achieve our mission and vision. We will explore what we could do with these facilities that we can’t do now.
Speaking of our mission, our Mission Statement Task Force has been meeting regularly over the past months exploring and defining our mission. I anticipate this will be condensed into a new, proposed mission statement that will be presented to the congregation. I so appreciate the time and effort this group has spent on a difficult, challenging task.
In the coming months I feel we should look ahead to the needs of UUCOV. The facility study is one part. Another is to explore our future staffing needs. We need to determine where we are going and what is required to get there. This question needs input from the congregation and we intend to provide the venues for that to happen.
Sharyl and I will be back in Indiana by the time you read this. We are putting our condominium up for sale in order to be year-round Venice residents. We will return whenever the real estate transaction is complete. In my absence, Linda Underwood, your Vice President will be in charge of the day-to-day activities.
See you in the fall!