Engaging our Mission and Vision

This month, we begin a process to re-engage our mission and vision, and we invite all people in our UUCBV community to be a part of that!

"You know what we have valued and believed in the past, you know what has been important to this congregation from the beginning, you know what guided those who came before us in this church - well we are now going to be more of that. We are going to be faithful to the best of our heritage."

Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership

Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

In reengaging our mission and vision and discovering new goals we are not writing a new book as a congregation but writing the next chapter. To be able to discern where we will go together next, we need to have a shared sense of where we have been. Themes that reflect the DNA of a congregation are nearly always present in congregational histories. This first step in the visioning process is not about airing out the church’s dirty laundry, but rather celebrating who we’ve been at our best and reframing any particularly difficult periods in the church’s history. 

As part of that, we will hold an event, “Celebrating Our Roots,” after worship on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 12 – 1:30. This will be the first of several gatherings during which we will use the Appreciative Inquiry process to identify where the energy and passion at UUCBV lies. Members of the Visioning Team will lead guided conversation in response to the following kinds of questions: 

  • No matter what brought you to UUCBV, what was it that made you keep coming back? 

  • Share about the time you’ve felt most proud to be part of this congregation. What was it that made you feel proud? 

  • What was the most meaningful worship service you’ve been to at UUCBV? What made it feel so meaningful? 

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The Rev. Christian Schmidt is our interim minister, and first became a Unitarian Universalist in this congregation where he was an active member from 2006-2009. He has since served congregations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California. His interests include his family (including four little boys he and his wife are raising), sports, and theology.    minister@brazos-uu.org