Friday, July 14, 2006

A Foundation

Clyde, over at A People So Bold calls for the formation of a foundation dedicated to Unitarian Universalist Growth, as a way to support UU evangelism.

He says:

Personally, I think that what we need is a foundation dedicated to Unitarian Universalist growth. This foundation would have a Board of Trustees devoted to the mission of stimulating church planting specialists, and local efforts to create new congregations, and community ministries that involve outreach (mission) informed by Unitarian Universalist values. The Board would not be elected by Districts or the General Assembly and the Executive Director would not be involved with a risk adverse association of congregations led by ministers competing for scare resources.

What would it take for such a foundation to be successful? Aside from money. How would it avoid optimistically funding disfunction? How would it be clearly accountable to Unitarian Universalism broadly, without being sectarian and narrow?

3 comments:

Freespirit said...

I'm enjoying this topic! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us. I've posted a couple of messages regarding this over at the "Faith of the Free" Yahoo group, including links to "thelively tradition" and "A People So Bold." Hopefully this conversation will continue.

Clyde Grubbs said...

Foundations make grants based on grant proposals that are investigated and reviewed by a panel. There is some risk in grant making, so some projects are funded that "function with pain" (dys-function.)

But church start experience shows that some starts succeed and some starts fail, and what is as least as important as the strategies from the generals, is the capacity of the church starters on the ground.

I notice Veatch remains true to its mission and takes risk and does good with its money. What I observe with 25 is a tendency to either overcontrol, underfund and/or cut and run when things don't work out.

Kim said...

Maybe they would hire Clotaire Rapaille to help determine the Culture Code for liberal religion or for UUism. (He wrote the new book "The Culture Code" which I highly recommend.) He finds the underlying unconscious "code" for something, then you can market "on code" instead of "off code" and it will be more successful. If success is what you want....