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"Don't ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."  --Howard Thurman

 

Faith in Our Future -

Strategic Planning

 Background reading- All of our programs and processes are framed by our "Ends Statements" To review our Ends Statements go to: Values and Vision / Our 2006 Sankofa Project.

From April through December of 2011 our congregation  engaged in a democratic process of creating a Strategic Plan for our next five years. The Strategic Plan was submitted to the Board of Trustees in December. As part of the planning process, every program in our congregation developed 5 year goals that will be updated every year.

This congregation has a proud heritage of making real that which we dream to achieve. We've done bold things before and we will do bold things again! Henry David Thoreau said, "You've built your castles in the sky. Now, put your foundations under them." Dreams first. Then funding and structure. We get dreams done at First UU Ann Arbor.

 

Wondering what sorts of ideas were suggested? Everything from "pay the mortgage" to buy a passenger van to raise goats on our land to Chalice Circles in nursing homes have been added to the mix.

You may want to read the "Flashes to Our Future" that came out of our April 27th interviews with program leaders.

On Saturday MAY 14th a group of congregants took part in a Faith in Our Future planning event. Read about what that group had to say about our future.

You may want to brush up on the Core Values that Guide our Governance. These core values are the foundation for the strategic plans we are developing.

 

The final Faith in Our Future comprehensive strategic plan was submitted to the Board of Trustees - updated in May of 2012.

The board then derived a 2011-2016 plan scaled to the congregation's means, entitled Strengthening Our Connections.

 

The Strategic Planning Task Force

 Co-Chairs of the task force: Terry Madden and Bruce Gibb. .Other members of the task force were: Jim Breck, Bob Dinan, Kathy Friedrichs, Bob Hospadaruk, Paul Morris, Margaret Pekarek, Leigh Robertson and Sandy Simon. Board liaisons: Tom Reischl and Joan Burleigh.