“As we begin the next century, does the name Mayflower Community Congregational United Church of Christ continue to reflect our identity, mission and vision as a church?”
The What’s In A Name committee is commissioned by the Mayflower Council to convene for a two year period of spiritual discernment to answer this question and make recommendations to the Council and Congregation.
Since March 2023, eight listening sessions were held with nearly 200 individuals in attendance to discuss core questions:
- What are some reasons to change or not the name of the church?
- What could be some positive or negative results if we change our name (and it’s manifestations)?
- What should the church name say about who we are?
- What should be the next steps in the process?
What’s In A Name 2.0
- The What’s In A Name Committee and David Carey created a video summarizing the spiritual discernment process of the Congregation to date entitled “What’s In A Name 2.0” as discussed at the November 5th, 2023 Congregational meeting.
- The UCC News recently published an article “Who We Want To Be” about Mayflower Church’s ur What’s in a Name process.
- Feedback Summary from 10.8.23 Session: Reasons we should or should not change the name of the church
The committee established a regular check in process with Council and the Congregation:
- Oct 7, 2023: Council Update
- Oct 8, 2023: Congregation Listen & Feedback on Aggregated results to date, Discernment Process
- Nov 5, 2023: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
- Rev. Campbell has returned from her pilgrimage from Plymouth, MA. Please view Rev. Campbell’s blog and a video of the Day of Mourning ceremony that Rev. Campbell attended.
- The 2023 Summer Sermon Series provided perspectives on some of our most treasured symbols and traditions.
Kate Andrews Van Horne
Lisa Cargill-Romsaas (on leave)