Presentation on theme: "Unified Governance Working Group Presentation Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson, Chair STATUS OF ACTIVITY Executive Council Spring 2010."— Presentation transcript:
Unified Governance Working Group Presentation Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson, Chair STATUS OF ACTIVITY Executive Council Spring 2010
Introduction UGov Members here with us today Task today: update on what the working group has done & is doing Process weve been tasked from General Synod and EC: bring a proposal for unified governance by the fall meetings (for discussion and input), in the timeframe given to us… Review Plan of Action & Synod resolution
WHAT WE HAVE DONE Headlines of the December meeting created a Dialogue & Discernment process drafted the related materials
ACCOMPLISHMENTS 1. Gathered an extraordinary diversity of the church in a room with good will and shared purpose, focused on the task at hand 2. Members have all agreed to serve on various task groups 3. Invited Dialogue and Discernment sessions & are receiving and beginning to process data; observing that people are asking questions and feeling safe to critique, comment, and offer constructive ideas for the working group 4. Created a great (and growing) website for transparency: www.ucc.org/governancewww.ucc.org/governance
Accomplishments 6.Monthly working group teleconferences: listen to what is coming in from dialogue & discernments make decisions on how best to work with input that is coming in DYNAMIC LIVING PROCESS: Things are happening on schedule with respect We move forward & step back when we need to
CHALLENGES Time frame: to accomplish the POA & M Continuing request for a diagram to compare the current structure and new proposal: No proposal to diagram yet. We are in the discernment period of this journey. We are in a Dynamic Living Process. The process will inform the proposal that is yet to be created in the July and Sept meetings of the working group Various understandings of transparency Tricky to take all the complexities of this process to make it meaningful and useful: there are many lenses & entry points into this process: people understand its meaning very differently. We dont know what will be, because we are still discerning what will be
What We Need From You Prayerfully and faithfully uphold the process and the Working Group! Share our living dynamic process! We are in discernment We are not taking GFT II and simply re-working it Although Synod does tell us to be mindful of GFT IIs core principles Something new is being created, drawing from the dialogue and discernment process Communicate Help get word out about the website The Working Group is working in a diligent and trustworthy fashion. Reassure the circles of the church that you serve and network TRUST! TRUST! TRUST!