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The Healthy Congregations Team has arrived … sort of
(from the March 24, 2013 Order of Service)
In early 2012, a Healthy Congregations Task Force was struck, under the auspices of the Committee on Ministry, to find ways to support Toronto First in dealing with the inevitable conflicts that arise in our community.
Conflict and diverse opinions in organizations are healthy and natural, but have a habit of escalating. The purpose of the Healthy Congregations Team is to provide resources, be it education, prevention, or resolution, to help ourselves come back to the call our Seven Principles make of us, when, from time to time, they inevitably grow quiet in our ears.
In January 2013, the Task Force dissolved and the HC Team was born. Inspired by the model used by the Olympia UU Congregation in Olympia, Washington, we meet monthly and work collectively toward a 7-part mandate:
- Shepherding the creation of a congregational covenant of interaction and communication;
- providing conflict resolution services;
- orienting new members and friends to the environment of a healthy congregation;
- being active listeners at congregational meetings;
- providing tools, training and support to the congregation;
- publicizing the work and support that the team offers;
- and receiving and incorporating feedback on our work.
The team, which meets monthly, is presently comprised of six members of the congregation. During the initial stages, to provide for continuity, the team consists of two members who will serve one year, two for two years and two for three years, after which each member will serve for three years.
The current members (2013-2014) include:
- Douglas Buck, Chair
- Janice Tait
- Terri Marks
- Maureen Millard
- Ariel Hunt-Brondwin
- Lis Kean
We envision a future where we will be, collectively, less afraid of conflict. More importantly, we will have the mechanisms and skills to handle divergent views more constructively and with a loving attitude.