Reimagining Our Campus to Serve God's Mission in the Years Ahead
Back in 2020 our vestry established a task force to help generate ideas for the future of Incarnation's campus. Now that task force is inviting our congregation into a broad conversation about how our buildings and grounds can best serve God's mission in the years ahead. We're calling that conversation Imagine Incarnation.
Imagine Incarnation: Phase 2 (Fall 2023-Spring 2024)
In spring 2023, following the completion of our Congregational Conversations in fall 2022, the Task Force set out to select an experienced team of campus planners and landscape architects to collaborate with the congregation, bringing life to the ideas generated by the Congregational Conversations process. This second phase of work will create a Generational Campus Plan for Incarnation. We use the term “generational” intentionally, because we seek to create a vision that will evolve and endure over future generations, while also serving members of all ages in our congregation. In keeping with this focus, the Task Force has now been renamed “Generational Planning Task Force.” A four-month evaluation of nationally renowned teams led to selection of Siegel & Strain and EinwellerKuehl in March of this year. Their unanimous selection by the Task Force was based on their demonstrated experience with faith-based campus plans, a commitment to an open and inclusive planning process, and unmatched expertise in historic preservation, landscape architecture, sustainability and contextual architectural design.
Phase 2 will begin with two congregational workshops this fall. Both will be hands-on events using small group discussions, tabletop exercises, and opportunities to discuss and evaluate future possible outcomes, help prioritize these potential outcomes, and review next steps. We need as many members of our congregation as possible to participate. We believe we hear God's voice best in community. The Holy Spirit works through our collective discernment. Please mark these dates and plan to be part of these two exciting and important events!
Sunday, October 1, 2023, 12:00-2:00 p.m.: Workshop 1: Refining Our Wants and Needs
Saturday, November 18, 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Workshop 2: Exploring Alternative Futures
Where We've Been
Imagine Incarnation: Phase 1 (Fall 2022).
The first phase of Imagine Incarnation consisted of three in-person Congregational Conversations plus an online survey in September and October 2022, facilitated by our consultants Sarah Lightfoot, Barrie McClune, and Jim Heid. Together we reflected on the 150-year history of our campus, our understanding of our mission, and our hopes and dreams for the future of our buildings and grounds. Facilitators at each table group recorded members' comments, and our trained "themers" worked to distill everyone's comments into the most prominent recurring themes, which were presented back to the full group for more discussion.
These three meetings helped us produce the following common themes to carry forward:
A full report on this Phase 1 process, with a complete list of all participants' comments, is downloadable below:
These Frequently Asked Questions were created by the Generational Planning Task Force in 2022 as an introduction to Phase 1 of Imagine Incarnation. We've kept them available here because they offer helpful background to the overall process.
Q. What is Imagine Incarnation?
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