Great Morning Beloved!
Do you know who you are, in this physical presence? Do you have a plan as to where you wish to go? To be?
We were asking these same questions on Tuesday during our class, traveling through the Quest.
And we at Unity did ask those questions and a few others, a few years ago at a Visioning workshop, led by Rev. Stephanie Seigh. She first asked those in attendance that weekend and then during the Sunday Service those very questions, or something similar.
How we all answered them, led to our Vision, Mission and Value statements for Unity of Rehoboth Beach. They are on the poster above the Fellowship table.
And they are on copies available to you on the information table every time you step into this space. (show cards)
Do you know what each statement means to Unity? To you?
Let’s take a look and as we do so, see how they fit, and what can we do to BE that, to be what the Statement is saying we are.
We started off with our vision:
We are a vibrant and inclusive spiritual community, dedicated to growth and transformation through the exploration of universal Truth.
A vision is the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be.
A vision statement is a declaration of an organization’s objectives, intended to guide its internal decision-making. A vision statement is not limited to business organizations and may also be used by non-profit or governmental entities and even PEOPLE.
A vision statement answers – WHAT do we aim to achieve?
Vision is perhaps the most fundamental of the elements in strategic planning. Vision is future oriented. It includes the basic concept of what the organization is all about—its purpose for being. Using vision, the organization is able to know where it is heading. Vision infuses the organization with a definite sense of purpose. In a sense, vision states a direction and describes the destination.
An ideal Vision Statement is one that concisely depicts a desired result that motivates, energizes and helps an organization describe its destination.
Vision is inherently future-oriented. Think about the vision painted by Martin Luther King, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. Another example is the vision from the U.S. space program in the 1960’s, “landing a man on the moon”. In both of these cases, their vision drove the development of a mission, strategy, and tactics. It represented a very clear view of a desired future.
Here are more examples:
Become a $125 billion company by the year 2000. – Wal-Mart, 1990
Crush Adidas. – Nike, 1960s
Become the Harvard of the West. – Stanford University, 1940s
Once that vision is defined and articulated, you can begin to build the other dimensions of the planning process that will become the foundation for engaging and inspiring all team members.
So, look at OUR Vision Statement….
Our Vision states we ARE a vibrant & inclusive spiritual community. We ARE dedicated to growth & transformation. We EXPLORE universal Truth.
Are we BEING that? How is it showing up for each other, for our Community? For the Community at large?
All good questions…Let’s see how our Mission planned to express our Vision…
Unity of Rehoboth Beach is a shining light…strengthened through support and fellowship; celebrating diversity by honoring our individual Divine connection. We recognize the One Source that is Love, as who we are and what we express.
This is what the dictionary says a Mission is:
The business with which a group is charged, any important task or duty that is assigned or self-imposed.
A mission statement answers – HOW do we plan to achieve this vision?
A Mission statement makes clear the reasons for the organization’s existence as they flow downward toward specifics from the vision. Mission, then, flows directly from the vision and begins the crystallization of detail.
In a mission statement, the organization would state why it exists. It would also include purpose and describe the basic services provided. Generally, the mission can be viewed as a statement, which, if realized, can help ensure success.
How do we meet our Mission Statement? What things do we do as a community to be a shining light, to support our Unity Community and the Greater Community?
Are we “celebrating diversity by honoring our individual Divine connection”?
Are we expressing as love?
And do these things meet our Vision?
Unity of Rehoboth Beach exists to be a Shining Light, providing opportunities for Spiritual growth and transformation.
Our Community is strengthened through support and fellowship.
We recognize the One Source that is Love, it is who we are and what we express.
We encourage Spirit guided exploration of our individual Divine connections.
We are Inclusive, celebrating diversity unconditionally as an expression of Spirit.
The values guide the perspective of the organization as well as its actions. Writing down a set of commonly-held values can help an organization define its culture and beliefs. When members of the organization subscribe to a common set of values, the organization appears united when it deals with various issues.
Our Values are tied directly to our Mission, did you notice? Shinning Light, Community, Love, Spirit & Divine Connections, Inclusive…
So, what do you think? Are we following what we said we were a few years ago? What we said we wanted to be and do?
And how can we be and do more to follow the Vision, Mission and Values?
(ask someone to Write down)
Now let’s look at YOUR Vision, Mission and Values….
My prayer is that they all are Spirit inspired.
Have you done that lately? Ever? Do you have a personal Vision, Mission and set of values? If you were at that workshop with Rev. Stephanie’s, you were guided to your “Standard of Integrity” …a set of values that can and do guide your life.
If you weren’t attending Unity at the time or don’t know where your card is, maybe that is something we can do sometime as a workshop.
When we started Unity, we had some idea of what we wanted to form, to bring forth really, because the energy was here just not known to each other. So, we had a vision. And we got together and step by step figured out, mostly, what we needed to do. We had lots of help and we still do have people we can go to for answer and guidance.
This is my vision…this and something even better.
What is yours? Where do you wish to be in 3 years? 5? Close your eyes and envision your personal vision. Dream a bit…be a visionary for you.
Embrace an expanded view of your life and your world. Awaken to your divine potential, and be aware of the abundance of good in your life. See yourself as a child of God, supported and guided, sustained and whole, vibrant and enthusiastic
Now, your mission then is how? How can you get there? What needs to be done? What are the steps needed? Who do you need to turn to for help? Guidance? Support?
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. —Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), theologian and civil rights leader
This is YOU we are talking about now…you who help to make up Unity here in Lower Sussex County, DE.
It’s you because who and what you are makes us who and what we are. So, answer those questions. Look to your vision and mission. List your values…list your points of integrity if you don’t have a CARD. I often think they are more truthful of who you are than the card.
Part of what may come up in your vision may have to do with your gifts.
You need to find what is genuinely yours to offer the world before you can make it a better place. Discovering your unique gift to bring to your community is your greatest opportunity and challenge. The offering of that gift—your true self—is the most you can do to love and serve the world. And it is all the world needs. —Bill Plotkin
We each arrive to this wonderful world with unique gifts, our own sacred soul. . . . Thomas Merton calls it true self. Quakers call it the inner light, or “that of God” in every person. The humanist tradition calls it identity and integrity. No matter what you call it, it is a pearl of great price
The deepest vocational question is not “What ought I to do with my life?” It is the more elemental and demanding “Who am I? What is my nature?” .
Fr. Richard Rohr states., “Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks—we will also find our path of authentic service in the world. True vocation joins self and service”
How do we discover what is ours to do?
We use Discernment, which is about listening and responding to that place within us where our deepest desires align with God’s desire. As discerning people, we sift through our impulses, motives, and options to discover which ones lead us closer to divine love and compassion for ourselves and other people and which ones lead us further away.
Discernment reveals new priorities, directions, and gifts from God. We come to realize that what previously seemed so important for our lives loses its power over us. Our desire to be successful, well liked and influential becomes increasingly less important as we move closer to God’s heart. To our surprise, we even may experience a strange inner freedom to follow a new call or direction as previous concerns move into the background of our consciousness. We begin to see the beauty of the small and hidden life that Jesus lived in Nazareth. Most rewarding of all is the discovery that as we pray more each day, God’s will—that is, God’s concrete ways of loving us and our world—gradually is made known to us. 
Our values reflect integrity, honor, and respect for all. Be true to yourself and to others in word and deed.
“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. There is no “someday. There is only today and how we choose to use the resource of time at our disposal.”