Pictured (left to right): Ben Jaeger, Amy Crawford, Meg Reid, Elisabeth Grobel, Karen Kingsley, Deb Soulen, Charmagne Campbell Patton, Joy Throm, Taylor Putz, Rev. Justin Schroeder, Cindy Marsh, Peg Mitchell, Matt Kresl, Marjorie Herdes, Hal Schroer, Joan Naymark. Not in photo: Brian Eshult, Sharon Ramirez, Margot Isman, Sarah Sheehan.
Faithful Action Council
The Faithful Action Council, formed in summer 2015, shares in supporting, guiding, and enabling our ministry of faithful action. Together with the Racial Justice Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees, the ministers, and the congregation, the Faithful Action Council sets the direction of the faithful action ministries of our church, balancing our efforts for systemic change and serving immediate needs. The Faithful Action Council ensures that our guiding principles of racial justice and faithful action guide all that we do.
Faithful Action Council Guiding Principles
In addition to our Faithful Action Guiding Principles and Core Beliefs, the Faithful Action Council will implement and evaluate its work to support Faithful Action at First Universalist using the following principles:
1. Decision-making Principle: Use a racial justice lens to guide decisions that reduce bias and promote equity.
2. Partnership Principle: Cultivate partnerships with community-based organizations to maximize collective impact.
3. Engagement Principle: Foster opportunities for congregants of all ages and abilities to be involved in faithful action.
4. Development Principle: Provide opportunities for learning, leadership development and spiritual reflection.
5. Balanced Priorities Principle: Balance opportunities to engage in advocacy with the need for direct service.
6. Flexible-Focused Principle: Be responsive to emerging opportunities while maintaining focus and consistency.
7. Communications Principle: Engage in transparent, clear, ongoing communication about faithful action.
The council meets monthly (except July and December) on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Meeting summaries can be found below, after each meeting takes place.
September 29, 2015
October 27, 2015
January 11, 2016
April 14, 2016
June 6, 2016
August 23, 2016
September 27, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 22, 2016
• Setting Goals
• Training and toolkit (development, roll-out, support, reflection, and evaluation)
• Responding to Immediate Needs or providing Immediate Witness
• 5-6 Meetings per year, and subgroup working sessions
* require subgroup leadership for consistency and impact across all of the faithful action work streams.
– Minister, also serves as co-chair
– At large members
Council members include representatives from:
– The Board of Trustees
– The First Universalist Foundation
– The Racial Justice Leadership Team
– The lay leadership of each partnership
– The advocacy coordinators for our major focus areas (housing, environment, racial justice)
– An active liaison to MUUSJA
Prospective council members complete an application, and to the best of our ability, the council will consist of people of a variety of ages, genders, family structures, and colors. Council members commit to a 2 year term of service, with the option to re-apply for additional terms. The group consists of 12-15 members and the co-chairs select council members. New council members are selected every other year.