Once a month, on the third Sunday, join us for an informal Congregational Conversation after the service, at about 11:20.
The goals of these are sharing ideas, listening to each other, and educating ourselves about where things stand on a particular topic. They are not about debate, convincing others of one’s point of view, or making decisions. These conversations are not formal meetings of the congregation; they are not “warned” and no binding votes may be taken.
Each conversation is hosted by one representative each of the Board and the Council of Ministries. We may invite someone with a specific interest or expertise to lead the conversation when appropriate (for example, the chair of the committee involved in the topic). Conversations will usually start with a short presentation followed by conversation.
At the end of the conversation we’ll do a quick process check, either by voice or on paper.
The conversation will happen in a corner of the sanctuary — we’ll gather chairs and make as large a circle as needed. Childcare will be provided.
June 17, 2018: Green Sanctuary. Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon will lead us in what this means and what we’ve done and where we want to go from here.
Some Past Conversations
Each September: Council of Ministries Fair (in place of a conversation).
May 20, 2018: Safe Congregation. Led by Alan Moore. See Connections “Other Groups” for details.
March 18, 2018: Escalating Economic Inequality The CVUUS Board led discussion of UUA General Assembly process for picking its study issues and prepared delegates for response to issues that will be studies further this summer.
February 18, 2018: Ground Floor Update. Led by Steve Maier. See Ground Floor page for details.
January 21, 2018: Small Group Ministry Briefly explained what happens in Small Group Ministry and its CVUUS history, and introduced the members of the Small Group Ministry Steering Committee.
October 15, 2017: Language of Inclusion. Alan Moore
March 19, 2017: Membership at CVUUS The CVUUS Board hosted a conversation about proposed changes to the bylaws and about the meaning, rights, and responsibilities of membership.
February 19, 2017: How Should CVUUS Do Social Action?
January 15, 2017: Ground Floor Project News. Steve Maier and the Ground Floor Project Team.
December 11, 2016: CVUUS Membership – What Does It Mean? CVUUS Board.
November 20, 2016: Class Conversations Follow-Up. Useful links about classism:
- Class Action (building bridges across the class divide)
- UU Class Conversations
- UUA on Escalating Inequality
- Washington Post Opinion piece
October 16, 2016: Ground Floor project. Steve Maier (CoM) and presenter.
August 21, 2016: Black Lives Matter movement & Social Action at CVUUS. Tracey Harrington (CoM), Donna LaRose (Board), John Barstow (Black Lives Matter Ally Group presenters), Kate Gridley (scribe). Jackie Derse and Livia Bernhardt (childcare).