By Sue Ernster, FSPA
On September 21, 2017, the Board of the Seventh Generation Interfaith CRI met in La Crosse, WI to engage in strategic planning for the future as well as acknowledging the changing path of the CRI with the death of Fr. Mike Crosby, O.F.M., Cap.
The day’s process was facilitated by Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, with presentations by Frank Sherman, Peg Groth, and Mark Peters. We spent time in groups discussing the external and internal trends impacting our vision and mission leading to a SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunity and threats) analysis. The members then shared thoughts on objectives and strategies for the next 3-5 years and some specific actions to facilitate this.
After this discussion, we discerned what would be a possible organizational model which may facilitate our agreed upon mission and vision.
I found the workshop to be both challenging and energizing. Fr. Mike Crosby left us a 45 year legacy of shareholder engagement. Despite the headwinds of a challenging political environment and the changing demographics of our members, the group came away feeling that this ministry has been a catalyst for change and we must continue in Mike’s footsteps to bring good news to the poor and God’s creation.