Here are the Annual Meeting Notes, shared by 175 participants, as compiled by a committee (The Rev. Noah H. Evans, the Rev. Garret Yates, Vestry Member Gina Brownfield, and Vestry Member Frank Horrigan), and written by Frank Horrigan:
The St. Paul’s Annual Meeting took place on February 11, 2018. In a departure from recent annual meetings, it was structured as several small group discussions, where parishioners from different backgrounds (e.g., age, service attended) came together to discuss how we can best move forward in our common journeys: our inward journey, our outward journey, and our journey together.
This report is a distillation of the group discussions. If we wanted further to reduce these bullet points down to one, it would be a “yearning for community,” which someone wrote down in the table notes, and which captures almost all of what follows.
These are cross-cutting themes that showed up in our discussions with respect to our Inward, Outward, and Together Journeys.
Inward Journey Themes
Outward Journey Themes
The Journey Together Themes
These themes emerged as valued programs already in place rather than aspirational programs that need to be somehow enhanced. As such, they stand on their own as things that people most value about St. Paul’s.
These were some of the ideas that came up as the table discussion turned to how we would like to see St. Paul’s improve in the years to come. These did not rise to the level of “Theme,” but are important to include.