THEMES IN PICTURES AND PILLARS
- Many groups
- Sense of openness, acceptance, welcoming
- Homogenous: not just in race, but also in socio-economic situation (no social strata), education, political thinking (mostly liberal), attitudes
- Shared commitment of money
- Our Neighborhood is different from our Community; Balance to work environment where there is no community
- Sense of connection
- Feeling of well-being, predictability
- Not a problem to not know people when you arrive
- “Whoever you are…”: sense of everyone on a journey together
- Our welcome may be meaningful only to people who look like our community
- Comfortable, complacent
- Well run, well organized, energetic
- Flexible: to boldly go where no one has gone before
- Open-minded, creative, intelligent
- Visual tour of the church - hugging at the front door
- A big barbeque: some introduced, some off to the side
- In back of church seeing a sea of gray heads
- Courtyard, representing transformation looks out on the orchard which represents things the way they were.
- Caring internal community but not so much outside
- Connected but takes a long time (and some step like going on Vestry) to feel that
- Orchard and fence: people of color who don’t speak our language taking our fruit
- January 12th both services: lots of people from different backgrounds worshipping together
- Different types of belief welcomed
- Community that does different things but always together: Worship, outreach, projects, socializing (and may be a challenge if we start doing things that not everybody knows about or can participate in)
- Lisa’s photos. E.g. Women’s Weekend and Parish photo show people squeezed together with lots of energy, engaged in what they are doing. Light, happy, bright.
- Photo album: 8:00 service calm and quiet; 10:30 ruckus, loud and different. 50th Anniversary party with so many people from different times.
- Welcoming inclusive family. People pulling on ropes in different directions so not always great progress.
- We like to look at ourselves and are happy with ourselves.
- Easter Sunday with full choral at 8:00, food, Easter egg hunt. Pandemonium. - but leaves out spiritual formation and social justice.
- 4th of July with chaos and laughter
- St. Jude’s is a place where people are “real”
- Group of people who are very engaged. Different colors, very happy , very bright.
- Apricot window: spiritual place apart from day-to-day life
- Refuge from chaos of work - place of peace; refuge from the neighborhood
- Holy Spirit moving within us: only church where experienced (we talk about God, Jesus, Holy Spirit as opposed to focus on one)
- Lake that has dried up
- Lighthouse that would invite people to learn about the love of God; some take the light in boxes to other places (Haiti, Santa Maria)
- Knew St. Jude’s was “the place” almost immediately.
- Just trying to get some “water” for ourselves and knew we’d found it within 20 minute - something pretty special about this place.
Sense of change/challenges
- Train leaving the station with some people sitting comfortably and others rushing to catch up; some people inside aren’t sure where it’s going
- Poised for change
- Boat stuck on a rock in the river; All the ages and types are in the boat - How do we get the boat off the rock? St. Jude’s people in the boat don't know what’s down the river, whether it’s exciting or scary.
- Sailing on SF bay; Every time you go out something is the same and something is different; we’re in a new boat trying to see whether we can go further from shore
- Uneasy sense that change is age-related
- Ship in motion with lots of activity: “Grab this line”.
- Many fingers, many pots
- Like to look back but not forward.
- Change is scary: the world is changing in major ways - but change is needed.
- 8-year-old bored during a service that is not relevant to him.
- We look at ourselves a lot, and we look backward a lot, but we don’t look forward.
- Concern that St. Jude’s feels like an anomaly and irrelevant in changing community
- Genuine warmth
- Deep sharing, caring
- Service to each other
- Welcome, inclusion, and tolerance
- Lay leadership
- Long-time members
- Openness in congregation and leadership
Sunday Morning Worship
- Richness not in the stone or stained glass but in liturgy
- Music (especially at 10:30 service) very important; Variety of music to please everybody
- Reaching outside our community with time, talent and money
- Outside service
- Involved social justice and service
- Love of justice and right
- Like Jesus: sharing and giving
- Servant’s exit
- Warm generosity
- St Jude’s helps us find meaning of life
- Continuity and purpose
- Embody the “whoever you are attitude”
- Spiritual integrity
- More ingrained here than at other churches
- Opportunities for spiritual growth; Wilma has introduced lots of things on different fronts
- “Thinking Faith”
- Tradition and Reason
- Spiritual discovery
- Spiritual connection/direction
- Spiritual oasis
- Feels holy; relevance in tradition
Integrity, Transparency, Trust
Engaged, Committed, High-functioning
Education and Learning
Faith, Love, and Service
Church Building and Property
- Church always unlocked for prayer
- Window out onto the street
- Many things are new, but it’s still the same place
SAINT JUDE’S IN FIVE YEARS
Relevant, focused, clearer sense of mission
- Real part/positive force of our community
- Resource for education, disasters, needs
- Sharper focus on social justice
- Calmer and more planned (less frantic and chaotic)
Neighborhood at St. Jude’s
- Using Parish Hall, Labyrinth, Seeker service, speakers
- Engagement within and without
- More accepting worship relevant to demographics and community
- Senior services - beyond what we already do
Reaching out to the neighborhood
- Go where young people are
- Increased levels of exposure (e.g editorials, blogs)
- Speaking truth to power
- Take more risks: lift people (hand up not hand out)
Value real relationships
- Broad base of support - not just the same people
- Expand the core group of people who do things
- St. Jude’s and Episcopal church as a counterbalance to loud, more conservative Christians
More diverse in age and race
- More ethnic diversity
- Median age of 45
- Too many choices: overwhelming in number and type; energy consuming
- Concern that St. Jude’s is doing too much and could lead to burn out
- Too many “white heads”; if we don’t change we will die
- Pull back and do what we have better or expand it
- Homogenous community makes people who are different from us (e.g. single mother with son) feel uneasy and not included even if we are welcoming
- Gulf between 8:00 and 10:30 services has got greater - “like coming to a different church” (perhaps sometimes the 9:15 service should feel more like the 8:00 than the 10:30)
- Challenge of mission: Ward McCabe created a legacy as a prophet - hard to meet those expectations?
- Sense we are doing things because we did them in the past
- Vestry Retreat February 8th, 2014
- Mission Discernment Committee February 19th, 2014
- Parish evening, February 26th, 2014