Calvin: It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring! -- Bill Watterson
A good landing is one you can walk away from. A great landing is one in which you get to use the aircraft again.
My father was a mechanically gifted tinkerer-turned-engineer--one of many such which the United States was blessed with in abundance during the last century. He tinkered with MGA sports cars--which my mother wisely put up with in stoic resolve lest he turned his talent to something she would really regret. I tinker too, but it's with churches nowadays. It's that Consulting Thing that got stuck in my UUSantaFe job description. Many of you have already discovered my compulsion to "Let's connect-the-dots and see how this works here."
Let me remind you that UUSantaFe is in a transition period--an interim period. Transition between what and what you may ask? It's an intentional period of examination, experimentation, and reimagination at UUSantaFe. It's the space between Alice Springer, former Faith Development Director, and Who's Next and What's Next. It's your chance to tinker. "We like the way that turned out--let's try it some more." Or, "Well, that didn't work--won't do That Again." It's a fun and fragile place, this interim period.
Peter Drucker, management consultant deluxe, tells us, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” That's what your interim period is for--creating your future. Also, Drucker states, "Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems." The Board recently went through a Development Planning Workshop. Among other things, it identified opportunities. Opportunities such as:
So, start tinkering. See you in church.
Lifespan Religious Educator