Toward Congregational Growth

Understanding the Results of UUS:E’s Comprehensive Survey

 Think you know everything about UUS:E? Think again! 

The UUS:E Policy Board and Program Council warmly invite you to join our Growth Strategy Team for a presentation/conversatoin on the results of our 2018 survey on Saturday morning, February 29th. All are welcome!

The 2018 survey has provided a wealth of information about our congregation and offers many recommendations to build on our congregational strengths and address our weakness. Our February 29th presentation will provide insight into:

  • What keeps people feeling connected to UUS:E?

  • What prevents feelings of connection from deepening?

  • What kinds of church experiences are most important to UUS:E members and friends?

  • How might we need to change to maintain our vibrancy and relevance in the coming decades?


Saturday, February 29th Schedule:

8:30 to 9:00 – Refreshments and coffee

9:00 to 10:45 – General Presentation by members of the Growth Strategy Team

10:45 to 11:00 – Break

11:00 to 11:45 – Breakout conversations for leaders, committee members, and members on how to implement what we’ve learned

11:45 to 12:00 – Break

12:00 to 12:45Share results from breakout conversations

12:45 to 1:00 Wrap up and next steps

All are welcome! Please let us know if you can plan to attend for one or both sessions, and if you need childcare. Contact Annie Gentile in the UUS:E office at 860-646-5151 or

A message from Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Vice President

For countless hours over the past year and beyond, the Growth Strategy Team has been exploring the questions of “what makes UUS:E a special place?” and “what can we do to make it an even more loving, supportive, and ultimately successful community?”

Led by member-researcher Jessica Offir, the team conducted a massive study of us—our people, our enthusiasms, and our concerns. As part of the study, more than 200 members and friends, past and present, completed a lengthy survey. At the conclusion of the survey, the team spent months on a deep dive into the data. They turned hundreds of pages of survey data into, well, still dozens of pages of summary. But like a game of Cat’s Cradle, the team has pulled on the threads to discover a narrative that will excite and challenge us all.

Finally, the time is approaching where the Growth Strategy Team, on February 29, will begin to share the insights learned from conducting this massive research effort. Each of us is invited into a community conversation to learn from the comments. Each committee can find actionable items to make ours and even more intentional, courageous and beloved community.

The Community Conversation will take place Saturday, February 29, starting at 9 AM to 1 PM. All are welcome—members, friends, elected officers, committees, and volunteers. The first two hours will be a presentation on the survey results and will be followed by a break for light refreshments. The remainder of the time is planned for conversational breakout sessions geared toward applying the findings within our committees and congregational life. You’re under no obligation to stay for the second half of the Conversation but are welcome to if you so choose.

I look forward to seeing you at the conversation!

Kevin Holian-Borgnis

Vice President, UUS:E