The key to a vibrant congregational life is a sense of connection, of community.
Events and social gatherings offer opportunities for members to work together, have some fun together, and develop a sense of community. Events are also ways for newcomers to participate while forming social connections with members. But events alone aren't enough—small groups that help deepen connections are essential.
UUA studies show that if newcomers aren’t connected socially within the first few visits, they tend to drift away. If the pandemic showed us nothing else, it unveiled the primacy of connection. And if we love being UUs—if Unitarian Universalism has made a difference in our lives—then it makes sense to be intentional in welcoming and connecting newcomers. Through intentional actions that build a welcoming, warm, and supportive community, we live our faith within the walls.
“I can’t say enough good things about Rev. Jennifer Brooks! In her few short months with us, she has helped us begin the process of discerning a new mission statement, brought the congregation together after a period of turmoil, preached great sermons, and been a visible and active participant in our congregational life.”
—Diann Spencer Board President, All Souls
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