Questions about district run programs such as youth and young adult programs, Summer Institute, Chalice Lighters, Commissioned Lay Leaders and others.
What happens to Summer Institute?
That program, and other successful district and regional programs will be retained and expanded, as appropriate. The continuance of the Summer Institute is covered in our Memo of Understanding with the UUA.
Some programs are better within district boundaries - youth, young adults. Will they have to scale up to a region or can they stay smaller?
The criterion should be what makes most sense for the program. Some programs might operate best in a cluster context. Our staff are now all regional staff and are sharing best practices in these programs across districts.
What happens to Chalice Lighters?
The four district Chalice Lighters committees and a staff member are meeting to consider new ways to manage this program. They are very interested in integrating use of the UU Faithify crowdsourcing program into Chalice Lighters.
What happens to the Commissioned Lay Leaders program?
There's a desire to expand this program from the current two districts (OMD and SLD) to the entire region. A new name and alternatives to congregational commissioning to something applicable to the entire region is under consideration.
What happens to Youth Programming? Young Adults? Will these become one regional wide program?
In many ways the youth have led the way in crossing geographic borders and moving from district to regional programs. There are continuing efforts to offer regional programs while maintaining more local events.
How do you protect the ability of a local cluster/district/region to be innovative in programs if the UUA president or board wants to put a particular stamp on a particular issue?
Our congregations are encouraged to bring their ideas forward to their clusters and regions to be sure their needs and desires are incorporated into future programming. The Congregational Life Advisory Council is one mechanism to do this, which can influence not only our region, but the entire UUA's approach. There were literally thousands of UUs across the nation that developed our UUA's Ends (goals) -- this is one example of how individuals influence the direction of the UUA.
What is wisdom seekers? How will this work? The language does not make sense.
There is a Wisdom Seekers Working Group whose charge is to draft the structure, linkages and mission of that group. This program is in its infancy -- it's just a concept at this point that is being developed.
How will changes in youth safety policy be handled? Who will oversee that process?
We have two CERG staff members who are charged with handling this: Evin Carvill-Ziemer and Raziq Brown. They and others at the regional and UUA level have been working with our insurance company to improve our safety policies.
What happens to the state advocacy groups?
They will remain and there will be an effort to strengthen and expand them.