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For Your Consideration

The Touchstones Project

An Intriguing Way

of Doing Church

A Unitarian Universalist congregation can transform the people it serves, inspiring them to help transform the world. This requires an intentional, sustained, integrated, holistic process of deepening that informs, nurtures, and challenges.

Please note that the materials can easily be adapted for use by all liberal, progressive congregations.

Developed over eight years, the Touchstones Project has been dramatically expanded to make a meaningful difference in people's lives: those within your congregation and those who live in the community that your congregation serves.

 

We invite you:

     1. To browse our website to learn how

          what we offer can transform

          your programming.

 

     2. To request our materials for the  

          theme of beauty to facilitate a

          comprehensive review by your staff           and key volunteers.

 

     3. To schedule a conference call with

          us so that we can answer any

          questions that you and others

          may have.

 

     4. To order a trial subscription for

          three months to implement and

          evaluate our program.

 

     5. To become a member of the

          Touchstones community by

          extending your subscription for the

          balance of the program year, which

          ends in August of each year.

 

Click here for information about subscriptions.

 

  January Theme

Reflections on

Authority & Leadership

 

 

 

 

 

 

We do not have a creed that serves as the authority for belief and action. Rather, in our liberal tradition, authority draws on experience and is informed by reason. Our authority is further informed by our principles and sources. Authority is necessary for leadership—not power over, but power with. Leadership is both to act and be acted upon, to be formed and moved by, and to suffer and celebrate with those led.

​​Video

Positional and Relational Authority

David Falk

Positional Authority is a cup half-full. Relational Authority is the necessary addition to be an effective leader.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm8EIp7PM5U

Great Power Lives in Our Love

Parker J. Palmer

(Note: The nexus of authority and leadership is power. Its polar opposites are power-over and power-with. The latter requires love.)

     Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of ideas, as reflected in his comments about love and power, delivered in his last presidential address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on August 16, 1967: “…Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose…. …And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love…. …Now, we got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love…. …It is precisely this collision of immoral power with powerless morality which constitutes the major crisis of our times….”

     Here’s a question worth asking: Am I using whatever power I have in the service of love — via my voice, my vocation, my personal and public witness?

     Dr. King was also a man of action, non-violent action. Here’s another question worth asking: Am I willing to engage in acts of love, truth, and justice whenever I have a chance? Each of us has such chances every day — in our families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, and workplaces.

     …Let’s honor his legacy by joining love to power in our personal and public lives. Let’s ask our political leaders to do the same.

     Source: https://onbeing.org/blog/parker-palmer-great-power-lives-in-our-love/

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Touchstones Themes 

for 2019-2020

Our theme-year began in

September 2019. Please see the

attached flyer for information about

the themes for the coming year.

Annual theme for 2019-2020

Building Beloved Community