One document that was developed by participants at the UUA Growth Consultation, held May 5–7 in Colorado, was a list called “The Seven Principles for UU Vitality.” The Rev. Thom Belote, a participant and minister of Shawnee Mission UU Church in Overland Park, Kans., notes, “This document was produced using a process of brainstorming, the grouping of emerging themes, and reflection on our own experiences.”
Here are the Seven Principles for UU Congregational Vitality. More description of each is on Belote’s blog, RevThom.
• The congregation has a clear and powerful purpose and mission.
• The congregation is aware of and responsive to the world around it.
• There is vital worship and a vital Sunday experience for all ages.
• Church is done well.
• The congregation cultivates religious community.
• The congregation builds skills to lead and nurtures gifts to serve.
• Strong ministerial leadership supports the fulfillment of the previous six principles.
There were 17 participants in the consultation, including nine parish ministers, plus religious educators and UUA staff. The consultation was charged with developing a growth plan for the UUA. A list of the participants, a description of what the group attempted to do, and commentary about the process, is all available on RevThom. A program called Leap of Faith is being developed as a result of the conference. More information on it will be available this fall.