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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse – UUCGT

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Healthy Congregations Team

UUCGT Healthy Congregations Team (HCT): Resources and Policies

UUCGT strives to be an inclusive community, affirming our differences in beliefs, together with love and support for each other. Sometimes in the course of our congregational life conflict arises. It’s normal and common. At other times, especially in times of change, anxiety may rise in individuals and groups and play out in unhealthy ways. Our Healthy Congregations Team is here as a resource for conflict resolution and proactive learning about ways to develop and maintain healthy social and emotional relationships at church.

Members of the HCT this year are Susan Lio, Barb Termaat, Mary Anne Rivers, Jim Linsell, Barbara Culton, Richard Miller, and Rev.Alex Jensen.

Last year, we developed the Healthy Congregation Policy for our team and the congregation at large. This policy, accepted by our Board in May 2020, provides concrete steps to help those in conflict to focus on mature thinking and to keep emotions in check. Click here for the policy and the steps.

“Less judgment, more curiosity.” That’s the motto of the UUCGT Healthy Congregations Team. We hope to inspire your curiosity, too, about how to bring our best to our relationships at church.

HCT Plans for 2021-2022

  1. We’ll provide ongoing offers to participate in small group learning about how we can grow as individuals and a congregation. Our first opportunity in this area is a book and discussion group using the resource, Growing Ourselves Up by Jenny Brown.
  2. Members of our team will make brief periodic presentations during Sunday services.

Healthy Congregation Team Covenant

Our shared purpose is to educate ourselves and others such that, together, we continuously nurture creation of Beloved Community. We base our work on systems thinking and developing healthy responses to anxiety and change.  By developing self-awareness around the balance between our principles and the relationships we value, we can create healthier, deeper, and clearer communication skills.