It Is Ready for Review and Comment
Use this LINK to find the report of the Vision Team. The report is posted as a PDF and Word document on our website under the “A New Vision” tab (link HERE). The Associations will be posting it on their websites as well.
The report lays out the thinking of the Vision Team members who have spent the last two years debating, exploring, researching, and listening for ways to re-form the UCC faith community which embraces West Virginia, Northern Kentucky, and all of Ohio.
It is now in your hands for review and comment.
This is the schedule of special hearings to be held in Associations:
June 23 – EOA/WRA – First Congregational UCC, Akron – 10 a.m.
June 24 – NWOA – Trinity UCC, Tiffin – 2:30 p.m.
July 1- SONKA – St. Johns UCC, Germantown – 2:00 p.m.
July 7 – CSEOA – Advent UCC, Columbus – 10:00 a.m.
Congregations are encouraged to study the report in preparation for the special hearings to be held in each Association. Note that these are hearings and not times to vote approval or disapproval of “a plan.” This document is a report, not a final plan for association/conference structure.
The Vision Team members will be present at each hearing to make notes and carry observations back to a July meeting of the Vision Team. At that time, the report will be further refined as necessary based on what is learned from the Association gatherings.
When the final report is ready, it will be sent to each congregation, each Association, and to every email address available, in advance of the September Annual Gathering of Ohio Conference.
At the Annual Gathering September 28-29, the Friday session will be devoted to explaining and discussing the report. A brief reprise will be offered on the Saturday morning of Annual Gathering. During the afternoon plenary session on Saturday, a consensus will be sought in order to establish the focus for Vision Team as the members continue their work.
We are grateful for the steady thoughtfulness of the Vision Team members who have stayed the course for many months in order to prepare this report for your review.
Plan to be part of the special hearings. Your comments, observations, suggestions, concerns, and prayers are sought and prized.