POWER will be having one of its leadership gatherings on the MLK Holiday, Mon., Jan. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Arch Street United Methodist Church (at the corner of Broad and Arch). [There will be free parking on the street with a placard available at registration, or in the parking garage on Arch, just east of the church, with a available at registration.]
The meeting will allow POWER to introduce their responses to the period of evaluation they underwent this fall. Our Old First local organizing committee participated in POWER’s self-reflection in a letter and with a meeting with the Board. Other congregations added input using a questionnaire. POWER will be presenting new ideas for communicating, scheduling, decision-making, more regular gatherings, training and participation. Here is the agenda for the meeting.
In the new undertakings that they wish to try out for the next 6 to 9 months (prior to evaluating their effectiveness), these kinds of gatherings will now be called “Legislative Assemblies” (rather than Leadership Assemblies, in order to indicate their purpose will be more directed towards making decisions together). Legislative Assemblies will happen four times a year.
Another new element is a plan whereby each of the 46 congregations will be asked to have 3 representatives at a regular monthly meeting, known as the Action Team, where from the 5 Strategy Teams (Economic Dignity, Education, Mass Incarnation, Communications, Fundraising) will break off to have their own meetings simultaneously.
Part of the meeting on the 18th will include time for each Strategy Team to present what their next year’s work / campaign looks like, and an invitation for each of our leaders to choose a team they will work on.
Finally, Mayor Kenney will be present at the end of the meeting for POWER to establish a relationship with him, and now having gotten elected, we might begin the process of holding him accountable to the city he serves… a city that works for all.
We have 3 or 4 leaders from our Local Organizing Committee scheduled to go. But if you are interested, please speak to Mimi or Michael C.