In this interview with the Rev. Christana Wille McKnight, minister of First Parish in Taunton, MA , we discuss the principles and strategies that helped this Unitarian Universalist congregation move from being at risk of closing to becoming a thriving small congregation playing a major role in Taunton’s revitalization efforts.
Get the "Playbook"
Rev. Christana Wille McKnight has kindly shared a Google Doc on the 11 points we discussed in this interview. To get the playbook, click here to open the Google Doc and then hit the add to drive icon to save a link to it in your drive.
(2:00) Overview of Transformation
(6:00) Rev. Christana Wille McKnight's "playbook"'
(6:25) 1. Live Invitational Culture
(9:29) 2. Use Accessible Language
(12:05) 3. Put Your Words into Action
(17:15) 4. Create Intentionally Welcoming Community
(19:20) 5. Reflect Your Community and Context.
(20:48) 6. Understand that Every Person Who Comes to Your Church Will Change It
(25:18) 7. Know Your Community’s History, Culture, Demographics and Needs Deeply
(32:25) 8. Create the Infrastructure to Help the Church You Want to Become Thrive
(37:35) 9. Create a Multicultural Worship Experience
(39:45) 10. Talk About Racism, Classism and the Injustices in the World in Meaningful Ways and Work to End These Unjust Constructs
(45:10) 11. Understand That Unitarian Universalism is a Theology, Not Culture.
(53:45) Wrapping up!
• Due to internet issues we had to use a cell phone for an internet connection. We decided to go forward as is instead of rescheduling. There some resulting audio pops. Sorry for the glitch.
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