|Evolution in the Ministry of Good Offices|
Over the last several years, the Good Offices Coordinating Team and the Director of Ministries for Collegial Care have been engaged in a process of assessment, reflection, development and discernment about the UUMA’s ministry of Good Offices. We identified a number of areas in need of improvement and began working toward changes in the program. The more we have dived into this work, the more we discerned that it is time to evolve the ministry of Good Offices. In order to more fully meet the needs of our members and more fully respect the gifts and limitations of the members who volunteer to serve in this important role, we are beginning a process of casting a new vision for Good Offices in the UUMA.
We want to work toward these changes because:
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In recent months we shared our vision with those serving in the ministry of Good Offices and we are now ready to begin sharing more widely. The vision includes creating areas of specialization in the ministry of Good Offices to include:
Pending a positive vote on the Guidelines Revisions in June 2020, we will begin moving forward with the development of the Good Offices Right Relationship specialization first. Good Offices training for all new and continuing Good Officers will also be held in summer of 2020. At that time, we will share more about how we hope to live into this evolution. For now, it is important to say that we expect the process to be emergent and iterative. We are going to figure out how to do this together as we live into the vision and we will refine it as we practice and learn from our practice. We expect it will take time - at least a couple of years. While we are working toward this new vision, we expect to keep the current chapter Good Offices structure in place alongside the new structures we are creating.
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