Next Steps Meeting

A Next Steps Visit is Coming in September

September 30 – October 1, 2016

AUUC has requested a Next Steps Visit through the UUA and the Central East Region and are pleased to announce that Stewardship for Us Team Consultant Bill Clontz will be with us during the period September 30-October 2 (Friday – Sunday).  Bill is a neighbor, being a long-time member of Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, in Alexandria, VA.


The purpose of the visit is to provide our congregation and our leaders with an objective eye in gathering information and identifying strengths, opportunities, and areas needing improvement. This visit will examine all areas of the congregation; Bill will meet with the staff, lay leaders, and volunteers throughout the visit.

We have been in correspondence with Bill for a while now and are providing him a great deal of background information on our congregation and our operations. Following the visit, Bill will develop recommended priorities and actions, and will provide guides, examples, and links to help us on our way. These will be designed to help us attain our long-term goals and to address our near term requirements and opportunities, including our thinking about stewardship and what it means to be a member of our congregation.

Summary observations and recommendations will be shared at the end of the visit, to be followed by a detailed written report within two weeks.

There will be a full day of meetings on Saturday, October 1. The agenda is being finalized now and will be available before the visit for all to review. While meetings focus on particular areas and those who are most engaged in them, any member is welcome to observe any meeting.

There will be an open session at the end of the day on Saturday, during which Bill is available to talk with anyone about any issue that may be of interest.

On Sunday, October 2, we expect Bill will speak briefly to the congregation during the service and he will remain afterwards to meet and talk with members of the congregation. We hope you will take this opportunity to meet our consultant and to share your views and hopes about our future.

Questions? Please contact Jim Girard (703-425-4770, [email protected]). Thank you for helping our congregation get the most out of this visit; it’s a great opportunity for us to see where we are and where we are going, and to learn what is working for others that may be relevant to us.

In Faith,

Connie Diamant, BOD President
Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Senior Minister