Imagining Our Future: Fall 2021
When we get real about who we are and who we’ve been…what future will we create together?
This fall, the All Souls Board of Trustees asks you to guide the direction of our church by helping to set new Church Goals as part of the Imagining Our Future church-wide project.
What’s a Goal?
Church Goals are written statements that define our destination for the next five or so years. Goals center our covenental community by describing the shared dreams that we, as a community of communities, strive to realize. And Goals provide direction to our staff. By setting Goals, we tell the staff of the church what we want them to work on during the next few years, and they then find the classes, music, services, and programs to help us reach those Goals.
Do we currently have Church Goals?
Yes, we have four Church Goals, which were set in 2010. The typical lifespan of a Church Goal is about five years, and so ours are overdue for an update. If you would like to read about our current Church Goals, please read the Board’s June 2021 Annual Report.
How do I help set new Church Goals?
The Board recruited dozens of congregants to lead small-group workshops that form the core of Imagining Our Future. All you need to do is attend one of these workshops.
What happens at a workshop?
Congregants will participate in a guided discussion using an “Appreciative Inquiry” model. During this discussion, you will connect with each other, share your experiences with the holy, and dream big about the future of All Souls. Board members attend every workshop, listen to you, take notes, and write new Church Goals based on what you imagine for the future of All Souls.
Who should attend a workshop?
When can I attend a workshop?
Workshops will take place every week in October and the first week of November. They will be offered on Saturdays at 10am at church, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:45pm on Zoom. Each workshop lasts about 2.5 hours.
We ask each congregant to attend one workshop. You can also schedule a workshop specifically for your community, if you have ~12 people who will attend. Please email Neil Manzullo (email@example.com) or Cathy Tortorici (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested in scheduling a community-specific workshop.
How do I attend a workshop?
Sign up for a workshop by clicking here.
Why should I participate in Imagining Our Future?
We need your voice. Our power as a church to transform ourselves and the world is at its peak when we know our destination. We need you to help set the Goals that define our destination.
How does Imagining Our Future relate to the ministerial search?
This fall, through this next step in our search process, we will set new Church Goals. Then, in the winter and spring, we will turn to the following steps in the search—discussing what kind of settled ministry will allow us to pursue those Church Goals, and electing a search committee to find that ministry.
These Goals will also form an important part of the “Congregational Record” that our search committee will send to interested ministerial applicants, since the Goals will describe to interested applicants what we would like them to work on while they’re at All Souls.
How does Imagining Our Future relate to our Vision Statement?
In 2009, the Congregation participated in a church-wide project to adopt a Vision Statement for the church. Hundreds of congregants participated in this process, and it resulted in the church adopting the following Vision Statement:
To build the Beloved Community, All Souls Church cultivates and celebrates…
- Spiritual growth and transformation as we question, learn from others, and seek lives of meaning and reverence.
- A welcoming, diverse, and vibrant community where we love, respect, and care for one another.
- Service and prophetic action to move the world toward justice, healing, and sustainability.
Vision statements reflect the enduring purpose of this church. It’s important for Church Goals—which are narrower, and more time-bound than the Vision Statement—to fit within that larger vision. Since 2009, All Souls has experienced many changes, including theological changes through the adoption of the 8th Principle. As the Board listens to you discuss your dreams for the future of All Souls, the Board will consider how well the 2009 Vision Statement reflects the All Souls of 2021. If necessary, the Board may ask the Congregation to consider some updates to that statement.
I’m very excited about Imagining Our Future! What should I tell my friends at All Souls about this project?
Tell them to attend a workshop! You can also point them to this website, or print off a copy of this flyer to give to them.
How do I find more information?
If this page doesn’t answer your questions, or if you just want to talk further about Imagining Our Future, you can email Board President Neil Manzullo (email@example.com) or Board Vice President Cathy Tortorici (firstname.lastname@example.org), or talk to one of the other Board members: Libbie Buchele, Cait Clarke, MJ Crom, Joe Feuer, Erika Landberg, Bernard Mustafa, or Justis Tuia.