Trust & Reconciliation Committee

Trust & Reconciliation Committee

The Trust & Reconciliation Committee (TRC) includes: Laurie Coltri (chair), Laurie Alderman, Jill Christianson, Liam Estell, Suzi Gerb, Alice Pham, Becky Reese, Phil Webster, and Jim Johnston (Board Liaison).  

Our committee was formed by the Board of Trustees to respond to what some call “troubles” or “problems” and others might call “conflict” or “discord” within our congregation.  There are many perspectives on what, exactly, these troubles are about, but people can agree that they feel disappointed and sad about how they are affecting our community.

The TRC’s purpose is to diagnose these troubles and to pass our diagnosis, with recommendations for healing, along to the Board.  We see our task as promoting UUCC’s basic mission to create and sustain a safe, nurturing and welcoming spiritual community.

For the Board’s charge to the TRC, click here.  To contact the committee, use our email address, trc@uucolumbia.net.

This page will be updated as needed – please plan to check back here frequently for developments. 

Listening Session Initiative

A centerpiece of the committee’s efforts has been our active listening sessions with those congregants who volunteered to come talk to us and share their concerns and perspectives. A total of 89 volunteers came forward to speak to uswe are so very grateful for their participation. This phase is now finished.

Our next step is to synthesize what we heard, diagnose the situation, and create recommendations for UUCC.  This diagnosis will not contain details of individual conversations, but instead, will focus on themes that emerged in the sessions which are most relevant to the diagnostic process and healing.  We are mindful that the sample we listened to is self-selected, and because of that, we will not draw quantitative conclusions from listening sessions.

Over the next 1-2 months, we will provide our diagnosis, with recommendations, to the Board of Trustees.