Why Engaging Space?

In May of 2018, the Strategic Planning Task Force presented a strategic plan to the congregation. One area of focus in the plan was “Engaging Space.”  Accordingly, the Board created an Engaging Space Task Force to “craft and carry out a discernment process about our fellowship’s ‘home’ and property in order to help BUUF’s campus fully support its mission, vision, and values going forward.” After a creative and thoughful process, The Engaging Space Task Force (ESTF) presented their findings to the Fellowship to the Board in February 2020.

Engaging Space Task Force Final Report

The BUUF Board is ready to move into phase II of this Engaging Space project—implementation.  The Board will constitute an Engaging Space Implementation Team to help us develop immediate and short-range plans for the BUUF ‘home’ in the context of a long-range vision for our space.

Relation to the Mission:  The Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) physical spaces – buildings and grounds – must be sacred, beautiful, functional, and welcoming if we are to live out our mission, vision, and values.

Specific Responsibilities: Using the findings and priorities of the first Task Force, and working within the financial limitations of the BUUF budget, the Engaging Space Implementation Task Force (ESITF) will engage and work with an architectural/design consultant to…

  • Focus on the top three priorities identified by the ESTF – 1) Dedicated Social/Coffee Space, 2) Inviting Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall, and 3) Small Group Meeting Spaces,
  • Obtain input from BUUF stakeholders (Safety Team, Interiors Team, Worship Team, Bridge Event Team, and Staff),
  • Develop budgets, timelines, and implementation plans for immediate action (November, 2020 – March, 2021) and short-range action (2021-2022) in the context of a long-range vision, 
  • Present plans and budget options to the Board for review and approval, and
  • Engage contractors to implement approved action plans.

Invitation to Apply

If you want to be part of this important work on behalf of our congregation, bringing your skills, talents, and passion to serve on the Engaging Space Implementation Task Force, please submit your application here by  October 1, 2020.  The board will review the applications and reach out as necessary in person or by phone.


  • October 1st – Deadline for submitting applications
  • October 15th – Task Force members finalized by board
  • November – Task Force begins work, engaing the consultation of architechtural and/or design conultants
  • Winter/Spring 2020 – Implementation begins

Application Process

Task force members need to be:

  • a member of the fellowship in good standing.
  • available and willing to meet on a frequent basis (first meeting would be in November 2020) during the initial phase of work which might be several months.  Meeting frequency may change after that.

Capabilities and responsibilities needed on the Engaging Space Implementation Task Force:

We are looking for a mix of people who, together have many of these skills and knowledge (note, not everyone needs to have ALL these skills!)

  • Knowledge of groups within the fellowship and understanding of the BUUF Strategic Plan 2018 document.
  • Passionate about the future of BUUF and helping implement recommendations to expand and beautify our space.
  • Strong deign skills and aesthetic.
  • Skilled facilitator with ability to lead people through decision-making processes.
  • Ability to understand and analyze financial and cost issues associated with implementation.
  • Ability to clearly define options and recommend direction to the Board.
  • Ability to keep an open mind as the project unfolds and potential challenges arise.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and prepare financial information related to implementation decisions.
  • Organizational and project management skills – ability to track group meetings, agendas, timelines, collaborators, etc.