Countdown Begins to Lauch of UU New England Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith pairs congregations to create learning communities that share ideas, tools, and challenges with vision and inspiration; healthy mentor congregations bring new possibilities and energy to adaptive challenges faced by healthy congregations aspiring to grow and explore the challenges that may be holding them back.
As a demonstration project, the UUA national Leap of Faith program has a two-year history of success with 17 pairs of UU congregations. New England is one of two regions in the shift of Leap of Faith from national to regional implementation.
New England Leap of Faith is a one-year experience that begins officially August 2013 and ends June 2014. Congregational pairs from throughout New England will share in this experience, learn together and look to one another for inspiration, help and support.
Join us in congratulating the selected UU New England Leap of Faith Congregations! The countdown is on to our program launch on August 16th. The elements are coming together for an unprecedented year of exploration together. Why unprecedented? First, we are using a selection process focused on good health and vitality. Second, congregations are crossing district boundaries to forge year-long partnerships of mutual aide. Finally, we trust that wisdom, creativity and encouragement are abundant and available in our congregations.
These are the reasons that the Leap of Faith Regional Staff Team is so pleased to be supporting this effort. That support may feel different from previous contact with District staff. That’s because another aspect of this initiative is that regional support staff members will not position themselves as primary experts, problem-solvers, coaches or even spiritual advisors. Instead, as needed, they will help congregational pairs discover their own sources of insight, creativity, and spiritual sustenance.
Participating congregations from our four New England districts are:
- Ballou Channing District
- Clara Barton District
- Mass Bay District
- Northern New England District
Want to know more about Leap of Faith? Click here to watch testimonial videos from congregations from New England and throughout the country who've particpated in the national program. Their ideas may inspire you.