There were a number of ways that many of you helped the search committee in their process of preparing the Congregational Record for the UUA, and the ministerial packet which will be shared with interested candidates.
The individual survey design was patterned after a template suggested by the UUA. We modified it to fit the needs of our congregation. The survey is lengthy at 60 questions, but most respondents report that it is a great opportunity to reflect on how they truly feel about what qualities they’d like to see in a minister and the upcoming ministry. As of October 5th, 166 persons had taken the time to provide us their thoughtful feedback. The results were compiled and are part of the ministerial packet to be provided to interested candidates. An informational session for congregants is planned for Sunday, Dec. 4th at Noon in the Children's Chapel.
Prior to the small group meetings the search committee conducted a summer worship service on July 10. In that service we test marketed the two questions intended for the small group cottage meetings. 87 persons participated in that initial cottage meeting ‘practice session.’ The worship attendees broke into 6 small groups, each led by a member of the search committee. Those comments have all been summarized into an overview report which is part of our ministerial packet.
Fourteen small group cottage meetings were scheduled during August and September with 11 being held. The largest was 15 and the smallest with 3 attendees. Total participation was 92 persons. A summary of all the issues discussed in the cottage meetings was compiled which went into our Congregational Record, will be available to our ministerial candidates as well as to members.
Ministerial Search Workshop: Beyond Categorical Thinking
This was held on Sunday October 23 from 12 noon to 3 pm
Summary of the event coming soon!
Guest speakers Joann Dale and Michael Takada will share their powerful stories and will help us examine ways to be totally inclusive in our consideration of ministerial candidates.
It is important that congregations go into the search process with an open mind, and without a preconceived idea of the minister they want (young woman, definitely not a white male, etc.) These thoughts are limiting. If we are going to find our best fit, we need to look at every individual candidate who is available to us in all the wonderfully diverse forms that are possible!
UU ministers who identify as people of color, Latina/Latino/Hispanic, bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, or as people with disabilities often have a more difficult time in the ministerial search process because of unconscious congregational biases.
The two workshop leaders themselves represent some of the diversity we seek. Beyond Categorical Thinking will help us eliminate divisive dynamics that prevent us from making our best choice together.
Lunch will be served! So that we can plan numbers, please sign up if you plan to attend, OR send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Child care will be provided, along with a lunch for the children.