This past weekend, Reverend Rhonda led us in a community visioning. (In February, the theme for her talks will be Visioning, Visualization and Mental Equivalents.) About 20 people participated both Friday evening and Saturday morning. We gathered to see what would bubble up to be known for the highest vision for our beloved CSLT for this next year.
A wide variety of ideas and images emerged which were analyzed to discover recurring and similar themes. These are my take-aways from this process:
Community – We are a cohesive group. We are a welcoming center. We choose inclusivity and diversity. We are growing.
Fellowship – Many food and coffee references showed up. We want more opportunities to share conversation over meals, potlucks and coffee. We want a place to converge and linger after service. We enjoy each other’s company.
Expansion – We grow as individuals and as a Center. We don’t hide our light but shine it like a beacon for others to see, feel and experience. We want a place to call our own that allows for our increasing congregation.
Joy – There was much laughter in the room. We allow Spirit to express through us in delightful ways. Laughter>Joy>God.
Music – Many song titles were mentioned or alluded to, followed by brief bursts of singing. Music is important to us. We value our musicians. We realized that SOM also stands for Sound of Music.
Open to the Mystery… – The Mystery being the realm of possibilities. We don’t know exactly what the future looks like or how we will achieve it, but we remain open to all opportunities.
This was then all distilled into a theme for the year which is:
Open and expanding into the Mystery…