How does a congregation attract attention and become known in the community? There are lots of ways, and I have written about some previously.
Here’s another idea, from Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Rice Lake, Wisconsin [51 adult members]. The membership committee is sponsoring a monthly activity this year. In October, two members of the congregation, who are attorneys, led a workshop that focused on four legal documents: the Power of Attorney for Health Care, Authorization for Final Disposition, Basic Power of Attorney for Finances and Property, and Living Will. The committee announced the workshop in area newspapers and invited the public to attend. Thirty seven people participated, more than half of whom were from the community. By offering this workshop as a public service, the congregation has made itself known to people who otherwise might not have entered its doors. Perhaps some of them will be back, or perhaps they’ll tell their friends about this liberal congregation.
Good job, folks!