Minneapolis Friends Meeting is engaged in a long-term process to envision and plan for the future of the Meeting. Documents and information about this process will be posted on this page.
The following set of vision statements was approved at our meeting for business on November 8, 2015. Some of these words already describe us. In the coming months and years we will strive to make decisions and take actions that move us further toward this vision.
In the above chart, “SWOR” stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Risks.
In later versions “Weaknesses” was renamed “Challenges”.
Process to date:
June 2014 – January 2015: A small team met three times from June 2014 through January 2015 to develop a process and timeline so that meeting members and attenders could consider and care for the future of the Meeting. This process and tentative timeline was shared with and approved by Monthly Meeting in January 2015.
April 2015 – June 2015: Two meetings were held in the adult program time slot in April and May of 2015. At the first meeting, those present brainstormed a list of current conditions and future risks and opportunities facing the Meeting. The second meeting was dedicated to considering what seemed most important to consider in preparing to care for the future of the meeting.
Lists of the current strengths and challenges/weaknesses of the meeting, and the opportunities and risks facing us as we move forward, as developed in the brainstorming sessions, are in the documents linked below. The first 10 or so in each list were identified as the “most important to consider” at the May meeting. The risks are organized in a set of themes.
Brainstorming and Visioning Session, Aug 1, 2015
On August 1, 2015, a brainstorming and visioning session open to all people from the meeting was held. The session consisted of two activities. The first activity was to review the lists of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Challenges generated in previous sessions, and based on those lists, draw conclusions and make note of tensions between possibly conflicting ideas. The results of this activity are here:
In the second activity, people were asked to to generate ideas in response to these questions:
- What do I feel this Meeting is led to be in the next 5 to 15 years?
- What might that Meeting look like?
Each person wrote several brief answers to these questions. Then similar or related responses were grouped together, and descriptive headings were created for each group. The grouped responses are here:
In August, the members of the committee leading this process drafted a set of vision statements based on the ideas generated at the visioning session, and asked people to read and comment on the statements. On September 9 the committee revised the vision statements based on the comments received. On Sunday, Sept. 13, the vision statements were submitted to monthly meeting for business. There was a lively discussion with many comments and suggestions offered by those present. On October 1 the committee further revised the vision statements based on those comments.
On October 10 at Fall Camp, the most recent revision of the statements was presented. This was an opportunity for people to personally reflect on the vision and draw images of how this vision might look when put into practice.
On November 8, 2015, the vision statements were approved at our meeting for business.
On February 27, 2016, Jeannette Raymond led a Saturday morning session open to all members and attenders of the meeting. Participants were asked to suggest specific actions the meeting might take that could move us toward the future described in the vision statements we have created. These suggestions were grouped into categories. Then each person was given three stickers, to be placed on the three categories they felt were most important.
During 2016, each of the meeting’s standing committees should consider what role they can play in supporting the meeting’s vision for the future. Please see 2016 Committee Considerations in regard to Care of the Future.
Committee Responses to Vision Statements
The members of the committee are Jeannette Raymond, Pat Jones, Gayle McJunkin, Ranae Hanson, and David Woolley.