More than a dozen winning bidders joined the UUA Outreach Group recently to enjoy a wine tasting and good companionship. This was the first Committee sponsored auction event and offered both an interesting venture into viniculture in Oregon and beyond, plus a rare opportunity for church members to talk about the Unitarian Universalist Association, its various parts and activities. Shown below is committee member Jim Shorr telling the story behind one of the wines he contributed to the tasting.
Opportunities of Scale:
We know about economies of scale -- lower cost of input, and also about efficiencies of scale -- lower cost of through-put. There are also opportunities of scale -- simply put, those chances that come to you just because you have the size to attract them. I’ve been noticing these around First Unitarian this year. For example, we showcased an intern conductor recently, Owen Hoffman-Smith of Eastrose UU Fellowship, was completing requirements for his Masters in Choral Conducting from PSU. Others come to mind, such as the mentoring relationship First Unitarian will enter with Jefferson Church of Golden, CO, a mid-size church working on a growth vector to ward large church status. Emergence of our young adult ministry is another, of course, brought simply because we are positioned to attract these new members. As we look forward to building our intentional future, let’s remind ourselves how much of the richness and diversity we enjoy about First Unitarian comes from our ability to attract what we want in our religious experience.
Confluence Committee Update: A New Name!
We found our old name confused some folks, so we’ve renamed our Committee the UUA Outreach Group. We’re the same people doing the same things -- being your gateway to everything UU outside the church. We link you to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and exciting events like General Assembly. We connect you to the Pacific Northwest District and Pacific Western Region with their education, training and fund raising efforts like Chalice Lighters. You get briefings on Mt Hood Cluster meetings and events we share with all other UU congregations in the Portland area. And we link you with many of the UU interest groups that thrive in our effort to bring about a more just and compassionate society. Check us out on the website. Drop by our table in Fuller Hall any Sunday.