HEART & MIND – JULY 2024 – Dr. Lou Yock

In the gathering space of the church, over the next couple of weeks people are invited to look at the different renderings of the signage and decoration for the front of the building. After this, people may fill out a survey where you share your preferences. Things like, do you prefer a freestanding sign or lettering on the building? Blue letters or white letters? Do you favor an electronic screen next to the door that announces things like pulpit titles and events? With this information, the outdoor signage committee will further refine a proposal for the congregation to consider. Your input will give the committee a sense of direction.  I encourage you to take a look, share your opinion, listen to the opinions of others, and when the survey becomes available, to complete it.

Like most things at our church, all the various ideas that so far have been suggested for decorations and signage are good ones, and they all answer a need.  This is a classic example of needing to choose between competing goods. Do we want something more eye-catching? or something more subtle? If we put something here, these are the advantages; if we put it there, this is what we gain or lose. Some will prefer something to center attention, others will prefer not to be distracted. And of course in the midst of it all is just simple personal preferences and tastes.

In the process of building a consensus, we will share opinions, come to understand ours’ and others’ priorities, begin to appreciate the differences, and eventually give and take. We are blessed to have the time and customs that allow us to consider the opinions for such public statements of who we are and what we’re about, and what we want to project to those passing by or entering the building. We have been so fortunate through these years of renovations and changes to have had the leadership and work of the committees that gives us so much to be rightfully proud of. It is such a pleasure walking by the front, walking through the building, and even seeking a parking lot and garden as a destination—I’ll slip out during the day to catch some fresh air and look at the flowers.

So, I invite you to examine the renderings, share a comment or two with the committee members in conversation or, eventually, let them know your preferences through a questionnaire. In due time, this final stage of the renovations will be completed, and so too will the excitement generated by it. But, we know that all things change, and so we will always have ample opportunity to exercise our consensus building muscles. May we continue to learn and grow as a beloved community, and by such fine traditions, continue to produce and appreciate such satisfying outcomes.