Introductory Blog: What is Shifting in You?
What is Shifting in You?
Faith Development, Membership Growth & Outreach, Multiculturalism

September 2019

This is the season of shifts—some of you have new staff, new board members, and a new church year upon us. We are all shifting gears of sorts.

Your regional program staff is also shifting into the new year. Our late August retreat felt like a launch into a new era for us. This bi-annual time together is one of the few times we’re physically all together. It’s a beloved time of worshipping and reflecting, recommitting to our covenant, connecting to each other and our calls and aligning our strategies. With the addition of a new staff member, Annie Scott, we took the opportunity to receive her many good questions as a way to break down assumptions as to why we do things the way we do them. We got clear on our core beliefs that guide our work. What came out was a list of intentional and aspirational movements we call "shift statements."

Shift Statements for 2019-2020

Over the course of the coming year you’ll hear more about these shifts. We’ll go deeper each month highlighting a shift and offering resources to help you move what may be shifting in you. We will also include addition resources including articles, podcasts, sermons, music and much more.

Contents

  • By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
    In our striving to do our best and be our best, we as people and we as congregations can sometimes gravitate toward perfectionism--a force that cuts us, and others, down. How can we learn to honor the good about who we are and what we're accomplishing, knowing that it's incomplete, knowing that it's imperfect?
  • By Tandi Rogers
    How do we as people and as congregations meet the intensity of this moment with curiosity instead of defensiveness?
  • By Sarah Movius Schurr
    How do we learn to live into our hopes, both in our personal lives and in our shared lives as congregations? We explore the shift from despair to hope.
  • By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong
    Many of our congregations can sometimes get stuck in polarized, either/or thinking. Are you an atheist or a theist? Are you racist or woke? The deeper spiritual truth is such divisions are an illusion.
  • By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
    What would our communities and our lives be like if we lived from our faith more than from our fear?
  • By Tandi Rogers
    Shifting from the hyperindividualistic thinking embedded in so much of American culture to an interdependent collective way of being.
  • By Eric Bliss
    How do we learn to live, as people and as congregations, like we are worthy of love? How do we live into compassion for ourselves and others?

About the Author

  • Rev. Tandi Rogers is a Congregational Life Staff member for the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), serving as Primary Contact for congregations in Alaska, Washington, and Idaho, as well as working with all PWR congregations as a specialist in...

For more information contact pwr@uua.org.

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