What Is the Evolutionary Council?
The Evolutionary Council (EC) is a member-driven team designed to be a conduit for elevating our members' voices to participate in and contribute to the growth of Spiritual Life Center (SLC) as a spiritual cooperative.
The Evolutionary Council represents SLC members in our four interconnected bodies that make up our spiritual cooperative: the Ministers, Board of Trustees, Members, and Staff. The Evolutionary Council is the vehicle for member-owned transformation of our emerging spiritual cooperative.
Heart2Heart Journal Writing Experience
The Evolutionary Council invites you to join us in Journal Writing about Spiritual Life Center's Mission: "We Transform Lives as We Love, Serve, and Remember." As SLC moves into a Mission-Centric Ministry, we are contemplating what "We Transform Lives as We Love, Serve, and Remember" means to each of us, what it looks like in our lives and the lives of others, and new ways we can achieve our mission together.
The Origin of the Evolutionary Council
The inception of the Evolutionary Council arose from Spiritual Life Center's transition from a minister-centric church into a mission-centric member-owned spiritual cooperative. Its purpose as a member-driven Council to elevate the voices of SLC's members will foster our members' experience of their ownership in SLC and, more importantly, their own spiritual journey.
1st Evolutionary Council Initiative:
2020 Heart2Heart Conversations
As a first step, the Evolutionary Council was tasked to conduct Heart2Heart Conversations with members in order to deeply listen to members and understand what was currently impactful as well as where there were opportunities for SLC to evolve.
The Purpose of Heart2Heart Conversations:
To connect with SLC members in an open, loving, and accepting way; to listen deeply and record what they value and what would support them to be more connected with Spiritual Life Center’s ministry.
From February 23, 2020, to August 19, 2020, 104 SLC respondents were interviewed during a Heart2Heart Conversation with one of the 25 EC-trained facilitators.
Highlights of the 2020 Heart2Heart Conversations Report
During the Heart2Heart conversations, facilitators asked each respondent about their SLC experience. Categorized below are ways respondents have experienced SLC's mission to transform lives as we love, serve and remember. Also listed are emerging and evolving opportunities that respondents identified that have resulted in new initiatives for our spiritual cooperative.
Heartfelt Learnings From Our Spiritual Life Center
TRANSFORMING LIVES AS WE ...
Community and Friendship
Music and Art
Unity and Interfaith Messages
Opportunities for Spiritual Growth and Development (Faith-In-Action, Women of Spirit, Prayer and Meditation Classes/Group, etc.)
Community Giving Program (formerly the Tithing Committee)
Volunteer Opportunities (within and outside of SLC)
Community Involvement (River clean-up, Habitat for Humanity, etc.)
Who we've come here to be (Sunday Message, Q Process)
Our roots (Interfaith, Oneness)
To love and serve daily
EMERGING AND EVOLVING OPPORTUNITIES
Interfaith – A Monthly Interfaith Connection podcast
Youth – Evaluating needs of different age groups and families providing more opportunities to serve and learn leadership skills and building a youth and family-oriented ministry.
Connect – Building more opportunities for virtual connections (Courtyard Chats, Mighty Networks), socializing (Virtual Bingo nights), enhancing SLC’s newcomer program, and creating more opportunities to connect 1:1 and in small groups virtually and in person (dependent of COVID closure guidelines).
Facility Changes – Attention to providing a quiet zone, having a youth-friendly space, multi-functional use of office space.
Volunteer Opportunities – Supporting our community Giving Partners through service, having Faith-In-Action Spirit Groups, and nurturing other opportunities for service to SLC and the community.
DEEP GRATITUDE AND HEARTFELT APPRECIATION
A huge heartfelt thank you to all the 104 passionate respondents and 25 facilitators who gave their time and talents to complete the Heart2Heart Conversations initiative. You have been heard! Your contribution has provided invaluable insights and will make a difference in our future efforts to evolve our spiritual cooperative.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
Email your questions or comments to the EC Steering Committee at email@example.com