This past Sunday approximately 65 people met to discuss the draft Vision Statement (http://bit.ly/2WXpMHw) and next steps toward its adoption at a congregational meeting.
In the discussion, people expressed a variety of opinions, with the bulk of the meeting focusing on the draft priority for “ending homelessness in Alameda County.” The opinions included adopting the priority as is, excluding it entirely, and expanding it to talk about social justice commitments more generally.
The next step in the process will be to gather in a Samoan Circle* (http:// bit.ly/2HwLKvS) on Sun., Jun. 9 at 11:45 am to have more intentional compassionate conversation about unresolved feelings and diverging opinions regarding the direction and content of the Vision Statement. The Long Range Planning Team hopes to hear from as many people as possible, including new members, youth, and young adults who often skip second hour discussions, in this gathering.
* A Samoan circle is a leaderless meeting intended to help negotiations. Its purpose is to organize discussion of controversial issues or within large groups. A Samoan circle has no facilitator, chair, or moderator. Participants are expected to maintain their own discipline.