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Vision for the UUA: Gathered Here
A Joint Initiative
Gathered Here was a joint initiative of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees and the UUA Administration in which all Unitarian Universalists (UUs) were invited to discover our common aspirations and unleash the power of our faith.
UUs across the continent participated in structured interviews from July 2011 to October 2012. We captured those meaningful moments, times of growth and positive developments in UU congregations or communities. We reflected on how these positive experiences are relevant to our larger faith and how they might be applied to our collective future. The input will help to shape a collective vision for the UUA and help professional and lay leaders shape the future of Unitarian Universalism.
Results of Gathered Here
The final report (PDF) on Gathered Here was submitted the UUA's Board of Trustees in October of 2012.
The Gathered Here Summary (PDF) is a condensed report on the submitted One on One and Community Conversation results.
You may also choose to browse the demographic survey results (PDF).
A set of Reflection Questions (PDF) and the original Gathered Here materials, below, are still made available for self-directed groups.
Community Conversations are a process through which groups of people conduct two-way interviews, share positive experiences about their lives as Unitarian Universalists (UUs), and reflect on how these positive experiences can enhance our congregations, communities, and faith as a whole. They are run by a Facilitator, organizes the group and records the results.
What materials do I need to run a Community Conversation? Download these two documents and get started immediately:
- Community Conversation Facilitator Guide (PDF, 4 pages)
- Community Conversation Participant Guide (PDF, 2 pages)
One on One Conversations
One on One Conversations make it easy for as many UUs as possible to participate in Gathered Here, even if they can’t organize a Community Conversation. You choose whether to meet with someone you already know, or someone new. All you need to do is find a partner and go through the materials with them, sharing your hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future of our faith.
What materials do I need for a One on One Conversation? Download the document below and look it over before your conversation:
Gathered Here was officially endorsed by the Association of UU Administrators (AUUA), District Presidents Association (DPA), Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA),UU Ministers Association (UUMA), UU State Advocacy Network (UUSAN), Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries (UUSCM), and UU Women's Federation.