“Coffee hour central” by Seth Fisher.

UU World Summer 2018

“We started looking at our church as a place for transformation, and wanted to let people know about everything we had to offer without making them sit through a Sunday service, if that was going to be an obstacle for them.  We started inviting people directly to the coffee hour.

So I took a break from thinking about trying to be more inviting, and I started to think more about what we were inviting them to.

This meant thinking about what we were there to do in the first place. We needed to think about our mission, about what church was and what church was for. My working definition of church is a place where we can become better people and build a better world together.

We’re not in the business of getting people to sing hymns and listen to sermons. We’re in the business of transforming lives. And this is something that’s in demand. Many people want more meaning in their lives, want to make a difference in the world, and want to be part of a community that supports these endeavors. People genuinely desire this kind of community, but many don’t see any connection between this and a traditional Sunday morning church service. So why are we trying to squeeze everyone into that model?”

Read the complete article here: https://www.uuworld.org/articles/coffee-hour-central. Let’s discuss these ideas as many of them are of great value to us as we recently talked about ways to grow our congregation.