Jul 22 2018

August Journal – The “Getting to Know You” Challenge 2018-19!

Published by at 7:00 pm under Minister's Musings

The “Getting to Know You” Challenge 2018-19!

In worship on Sunday, July 15, 2018, our Senior Minister, the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, and our Interim Director of Religious Education, Susie Idzik, bravely modeled a way of getting to know each other by answering some deep questions about their own lives and about their hopes and dreams for the Beloved Community we are trying to build at the First Unitarian Church of San José. They took up some interesting and fun questions from the congregation, too, and they will continue to share those answers in the weeks and months to come.

The result? A warmer, more intimate and meaningful connection with our key staff members. You can hear their dialogue by going to http://www.sanjoseuu.org/OurWorshipLife/FavoriteSermons.html and clicking on the link for the audio file for July 15.

Now they invite all of us to participate in the “Getting to Know You” Challenge 2018-19!

The Challenge:

Gently, kindly, experiment with using one or more of the following getting-to-know-you questions with folks whom you would like to know more deeply—family and friends, congregants and visitors at FUCSJ. These questions invite you and your companions to search your hearts and share your truths. How we tell our stories will change from day to day and year to year, so we always have new depths to explore with even our longest-term loved ones.

You might use these questions to start a deeper conversation during Social Hour after worship on a Sundayor during a Circle Supper or other casual gathering. Use them as check-in questions during your Small Group Ministry session or at the beginning of a meeting. Experiment with seasoning your meal-time conversations with these questions, or others like them.

When you share these questions, be ready to offer your own honest, vulnerable answers.

Let folks know how genuinely curious, open, and loving you feel as you ask such personal questions. Each person gets to decide how deep they want to go with their answers.

It’s worth a try! Here are the questions that Rev. Nancy and Susie suggest:


  • How did you arrive at this point along your journey in life? What in your past has brought you to where you are now?
  • What’s being born in you right now? What is most alive in you at this moment?
  • What seeds are you planting now, and how do you hope they will grow? What are your hopes and dreams for the days to come?

Good luck! And please be sure to let Susie and Rev. Nancy know how it goes. They have faith that if we all take up this “Getting to Know You” Challenge, then in a year, we will feel a palpable sense of closer connections, of deeper empathy and compassion, and of re-energized collaboration as we strengthen and grow our Beloved Community.

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