In 2013, as part of the ministerial search process, Live Oak members were asked to fill out an extensive survey. One question was “What problems/issues are likely to be pressing in ten years?” Several people mentioned the geographically surrounding community we’re a part of, and expressed a desire to be better interconnected. One person wrote, “Relevancy within Cedar Park, Leander, and Northwest Austin.”
Anecdotally, I think a hunger for this has only grown. We want to enrich connections with each other, yes – the community we have found with each other is very important. Every Sunday, we are strengthened for the week ahead by being together.
But we also want to enrich our connections to our neighbors around the church. We want to be involved in the decision-making for our schools and local government. We want to know the wider community, and be known in it. To use an older church term, we want to be connected with our parish.
Welcome to February 2020.
This Sunday, members of all ages will be creating Valentines to be delivered to our neighbors at the Senior Care center. On Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm, we’ll be hosting iAct’s Interfaith Red Bench event in our fellowship hall. The next morning, Feb. 21, is our monthly “Fresh Food for All,” where we partner with Hill Country Community Ministries to offer fresh fruits, vegetables, and other goodies to our neighbors in need. And – BIG NEWS – on Thursday, Feb. 27, Live Oak and Shir Ami, partnering with Central Texas Interfaith, will be co-hosting a non-partisan candidates’ forum – all of the candidates for House Seat 31 (currently held by Rep. John Carter, who has also been invited) have been invited to share their views on selected topics. (See below for more information.)
You’re invited and encouraged to attend all of these events. And if you’re interested in learning how to better talk about your faith with our neighbors, join Carrie and me on February 22 for the “Articulating Your UU Faith” workshop. (We’ve all had those deer-in-the-headlights moments when someone asks, “So what is a Unitarian anyway?” Including me!)
We’re not quite at 10 years, but it already seems we are making progress toward the goal of being better neighbors, better friends, and more connected with the “parish” that surrounds Live Oak. Where might we be by 2023?
Voter Engagement Special Event prior to March 3 Primary Election
February 27 7:00-8:15 pm
Join 10 Wilco congregations (and counting) for an interfaith, Non-Partisan Accountability Session from 7-8:15pm in the Sanctuary at Shir Ami/LOUU. Come and hear Central Texas Interfaith clergy and leaders tell stories about the issues they care about and learn where the candidates for the US House District 31 stand on our local Agenda of Issues, including quality education, affordable housing, public safety, workforce development, and immigration. Hosted by LOUU, this Central Texas Interfaith (formerly Austin Interfaith) event is open to the public.
Invite your Wilco family, friends, co-workers, and other voters to join you for this energizing hour and 15 minute event! RSVP to email@example.com or 512-843-3539