Partnership and Collaboration
It was a year ago in the May newsletter of 2017 that we introduced the idea of engaging in the reVision process with St Aidan’s and CBUC together. At that time it was an idea and a hope. Now, 12 months later, we have been in small groups together, talked, laughed and discovered we had more in common that there were differences. We have co-sponsored a few social events together. We have shared in worship leadership. And we have begun to do research on what it might mean to “be bold” in response to God’s nudging of us in some new directions.
Where we are now is more than any of the leadership team had imagined that we might be. We expected this year to be filled with a number of baby steps, but it seems that the community was ready for larger steps.
The focus groups have been struggling and dreaming hard and they are engaging in some bold conversations. This coming summit will widen the circle of those conversations more and see where the community might be ready to go. The core leadership group has had its ears to the ground listening to what is coming from each group. There is momentum and as we put together the process for the summit, it seemed like a statement of intent might be important for the community to vote on at the end of the summit time. The wording that was settled on was as follows:
That we recommend to the Councils of St. Aidan’s and Cadboro Bay United Churches that we commit to implementing our ReVision priorities and begin to integrate our two communities of faith – their life, their structure, their mission and their ministry – within the coming pastoral year and continue to seek and discern our longer term vision and directions together
This seems to capture what is coming from each of the groups and so the core group wanted to put this out to both communities in advance of the summit so you can ponder the implications.
We are excited at the opportunities that are presenting themselves to us in the “being bold” section of this process and indeed our initial reason for doing this has been realized in some unexpected ways. I think we can continue to assert “that we can me more together than we are separate”. This was the moto when we began conversation in November 2014 and it still pertinent today.
I hope you will be bold and join us at the revision Summit on Saturday May 12 from 9:45am to 3 pm.
ReVision Summit May 12th 9:45 – 3 pm
Join us at Cadboro Bay United Church on Saturday for a time to hear presentations, ask questions, engage in conversation and help create a timeline and direction for our two congregations to move forward with. The day includes lunch and childcare can be arranged for those requesting it.
The day will look a bit like this:
9:30 Coffee and muffins are on. Come gather, get a name tag ( or wear yours from church) and get settled in the sanctuary. A package with notes on each presentation will be distributed as well.
9:45 Opening worship and introduction to the morning
10:15 Presentations shared for 10 mins followed by 10 mins for questions and answers. A showing of an orange card for warm to the idea or a blue card for cool to the idea, will follow each presentation and Q&A .
12;15 Break for Lunch – provided
1:00 Sharing of Timelines from what has emerged and been proposed from the various groups and how they might fit together
1:15 small group discussions about proposals, timelines, suggested adaptations, concerns or roadblocks observed, additional ideas to expand on whats been presented.
2:15 sharing with large group insights and thoughts
2:45 voting on the motion : Recommend to Councils of St. Aidan’s and Cadboro Bay United Churches that we commit to implementing our ReVision priorities and begin to integrate our two communities of faith – their life, their structure, their mission and their ministry – within the coming pastoral year and continue to seek and discern our longer term vision and directions together
3:00 Closing words and ending .
We hope you can join us for the full day, but if you are only able to join for part, we’d still like to have you as a part of the community. For those who cannot attend, copies of the notes packages handed out to the participants will be available on Sunday for those wishing to see more comprehensive descriptions than those in the summary.