It is crucial to decide why you want to create a religious advocacy network and determine what relationship it is to the UU congregations and other groups in your state. It is important to understand why you exist and why your group would be needed in addition to other religious, interfaith, and secular advocacy groups.
The process of creating a mission and vision should take place as a face to face discussion with as a many members of your planning committee as possible even if it means you need to delay the meeting a few weeks. The discussion may be painful. Words begin to sound like clichés. However, the process is as critical as the final product as it will ground the planning committee in who you are and where you are going. Bring the final statements to all future meetings as they will guide you some of the tough decisions.
Issue or Structure?
How do we get people excited if we do not have an issue? In some cases the planning committee came together because you were already working on an issue. In other cases you came together around the concept.