COLLABORATING, INNOVATING, CELEBRATING
Leap of Faith is a one-year experience that pairs healthy congregations aspiring to grow with mentoring congregations that are growing. Together they tap into their collective wisdom and commit to helping the aspiring congregations to identify, understand and break through their growth barriers. Leap of Faith is real-world collaboration aimed at bringing hope to strangers, healing broken lives, and making love more real in the world–in other words, aimed at faith-filled growth.
The Unitarian Universalist Association piloted the Leap of Faith Initiative on a national basis for two years, in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Because of its success, the UUA Pacific Western and Northern New England Regions have brought the Initiative to their districts. Although each region is operating its own Leap of Faith initiative, they are sharing a common technology infrastructure, public relations materials, and evaluation methods.
In the Pacific Western Region, comprised of the Mountain Desert, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Central and Pacific Southwest District, the following congregations are participating in 2013/14:
First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR (Pacific NW District), mentoring Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO (Mountain Desert District)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, CO (Mountain Desert District), mentoring Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Fremont, CA (Pacific Central District)
First Universalist Church of Denver, CO (Mountain Desert District), mentoring Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Chandler, AZ (Pacific SW District)
First Unitarian Church of San Jose, CA (Pacific Central District), mentoring Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, Reno, NV (Pacific Central District)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, CA (Pacific SW District), mentoring Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church, Des Moines, WA (Pacific NW District)
Pacific Unitarian Church, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (Pacific SW District), mentoring Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker, CO (Mountain Desert District)
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, CA (Pacific SW District), mentoring Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, WA (Pacific SW District)
From time to time, the Pacific Western Region will post updates on the program and share stories from the participating congregations.