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  • At the 2006 CUC Annual Conference & Meeting in Saint John, NB, the CUC Board presented "Go-4-It!: A framework for planning throughout the Canadian Unitarian & Universalist Movement". The Framework is designed to help the various constituencies that make up our movement in Canada (member congregations, the CUC, social action groups, etc.) to interact and co-ordinate planning efforts and resources - helping us to achieve our goals more effectively and efficiently. But what is this Canadian Unitarian & Universalist Movement of which I speak?

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  • 1. Go-4-It! Workshop Interactive Activity
  • 2. Questions
    • Workshop participants are asked to consider the following questions specifically designed to promote discussion.
    • You are not expected to provide all the answers! (At least, not right now! Many of these questions will require years of serious research and discussion.)
    • However, your thoughts and reactions at this stage are important in formulating strategies and action plans to start tackling the issues and to pursue opportunities.
  • 3. Go On!
    • What are the things we do as congregations/in our group that make us proud? In what way do these things “make a difference” — to our lives and to other people's?
  • 4. Go On!
    • What do we want to do more of? Less of? What do we want to let go of?
  • 5. Go On!
    • 3. What are our “assets”? List them! (e.g., people, money, buildings, R.E. programs, meditation programs, choir…)
  • 6. Go On!
    • What are some innovative ways we could use these assets?
    • How could we be more efficient in doing the things we do?
    • What can we learn from other organizations to help us be more effective and efficient?
  • 7. Go Deep!
  • 8. Go Deep!
    • What does it mean to “go deep”? As individuals? As a congregation/group? As a “movement” in Canada?
    • What are some methods we might consider for “going deep(er)”? As individuals? As a congregation/group? As a movement?
  • 9. Go Deep!
    • What is/should be the role of the congregation/group in supporting all of its members in “going deeper”?
  • 10. Go Deep!
    • What is/should be the role in supporting the wider community (non-members)? How do we serve those individuals who get their spiritual sustenance outside of formal religious institutions (and don’t like to call it “religion” or even “spirituality”)?
  • 11. Go Deep!
    • If we support “every individual’s journey,” what can we meaningfully do together? What form does worship take? Do our communal efforts have to play to the “lowest common denominator”?
  • 12. Go Deep!
    • What is/should be the role of the CUC in supporting the congregation/ group in “going deep”?
  • 13. Go Out!
    • What is the “good news” of Unitarianism and Universalism in the 21st century (as a philosophy/religion)?
  • 14. Go Out!
    • What is the “good news” of the Unitarian*Universalist movement in Canada?
  • 15. Go Out!
  • 16. Go Out!
    • What makes Unitarians different? Are we really unique?
  • 17. Go Out!
    • 4. How might we share our “good news” with others?
  • 18. Go Out!
    • How can a federation of independent congregations present a clear and consistent image to potential U*Us?
  • 19. Go Big!
  • 20. Go Big!
    • What does growth actually mean? (Growth in numbers? Growth in impact/influence?) In what ways do we want to grow?
    • What values and objectives do we share with other organizations? What kind of alliances/partnerships might we explore?
    • What are some “outside-the-box” ideas to achieve dramatic growth?
  • 21. www.cuc.ca/strategy
  • 22. Feedback
    • Please compile your collective feedback electronically and e-mail it to the Communications & Co-ordination Committee (“CCC”) at: [email_address]
    • Thank you!