MVUU New Minister Search (2021-2022): Let’s Share Our Calling

Summaries from Our Congregation: Surveys and Focus Groups

From September to November 2021, our Ministry Search Team conducted a congregation-wide survey, as well as several focus groups, to better understand ourselves and our longings for shared ministry with a future minister. Over 70 people participated in our survey process and we hosted 9 different focus groups, including affinity groups for those who identify as LGBTQ+, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and for those actively parenting/families.
Overall, we recognize these themes in our longing for shared ministry together:
  • At MVUU, people value the experience of meaningful personal connections  as part of a liberal religious community that actively promotes self-growth and development. We are a people who change each other through our relationships and care for one another.
  • The story of us is balanced with who we currently are (a welcoming and loving congregation) with our willingness to grow into more (new building, new programming, continued excitement over potential growth as a liberal religious leader in Northwest Tucson).
  • In our future shared ministry, we want to build upon our deepened relationships and continue feeling valued by one another and our minister. We also look forward to building our organization on our shared values: open-hearted engagement, courageous love, and inspiring transformation. We want to be effectively engaging and transforming people in activities and programs, welcoming new members and growing in diversity and numbers, and finding financial balance and wholeness to sustain our mission.