|From the Board of Trustees|
This summer I had the privilege and pleasure of spending time with our British Unitarian colleagues at their fall gathering. We met in a place called Great Hucklow, which is about 3 hours northwest of London. It’s a little town in the English countryside. When we first gathered we worshiped in a chapel that was built in 1696. Someone told me the difference between the British and the Americans is that the British think 100 miles is a long distance, and Americans think 100 years is a long time. How very true.
Spending time with our colleagues, I saw that they struggle with many of the same issues that we struggle with. How to remain true to our traditions while facing an ever more pluralistic society. How to stay relevant beyond the walls of our congregations. How to stem the tide of dwindling membership, especially among younger people. How to make a living at ministry.
It made me think about 100 years from now and what will Unitarian Universalist ministry be. It is not a long time from now, though most of us here, on the North American continent think so. What we do together, now, will have an impact on the not so distant future. How we answer those questions today, will make tremendous difference tomorrow.
Your UUMA Board has a Big Question that we will begin to wrestle with – Is the UUMA as we know it now structurally ready for the future? I deeply believe that the future of Unitarian Universalism rests in the proverbial hands of its ministers and other religious professionals. We are the leaders of this faith, and we have a special responsibility to it. As such, we should always be asking those hard questions and more importantly, doing the work of finding answers.
One hundred years from now I will not be alive. So for me it may seem like a long time from now, but in the course of history, it is not long at all. If we want Unitarian Universalism to survive 100 years from now, it must adapt to a changing world today. And we are the people to lead in adapting.
Peace and many kind blessings,