It's official! Our new settled minister is:
Reverend Florence Caplow
May 7, 2017
The ministerial search committee is thrilled to announce that today we called Rev. Florence Caplow to be our settled minister, and she accepted! Our annual meeting witnessed an overwhelming turnout of 147 members who voted unanimously to call her to UUCUC. We had nearly three times the number required for a quorum. A celebration followed in Fellowship Hall with food, drink, and of course cake! Florence will return to start her official duties mid-August. See pictures at our FB page:
What do we like most about Florence? There is so much to like! Here are some statements from search committee members:
- We are so impressed with Florence’s warmth, friendliness, and with how grounded she is. We know you will be, too.
- We are excited by her knowledge, empathy, and passion for all aspects of the ministry.
- Florence creates exceptionally well-crafted sermons with elements of deep spirituality, storytelling, humor, current events, and intellectual challenge delivered in a powerful fashion that may leave you breathless, in tears, or just very glad to be a UU.
- With her eloquence, directness, curiosity, and easy manner combined with her deep spirituality and strong sense of justice, Florence will help us to tap into our best selves. At this difficult time, she will help us to be leaders in our community and to remain grounded--all with a lightness of spirit.
The website below has more about Rev. Caplow, including links to some of her inspiring sermons and to information about her social justice work. Learn more at Rev. Caplow’s website:
www.reverendcaplow.com Password: Safford
Previous announcements about our path toward calling a new minister...
Mark your calendar now for April 29 through May 7 as our candidating week. She will meet with many groups and individuals and hold some open forums. She will preach at the Sunday Services on April 30th and on May 7th. For a detailed schedule, click here. After the May 7th service we will be conducting our annual meeting at which we will vote to make the call to our pulpit official. Be there!
NOTE ABOUT THE VOTE: Voting to Call Our Minister on May 7
There has been some confusion around the upcoming vote to call our minister on May 7. As for all congregational meetings, we will require that a quorum be present to vote. That means at least 55 people need to attend, but we hope for MANY more. In order for Rev. Caplow to enthusiastically accept our call, she will need a YES vote from at least 95% of the voting members present at the meeting.
We have heard that some people have been disappointed to learn that they were not in fact voting members, or were not voting members by the deadline of April 17th before the vote. We are sorry that this happened, and can empathize. We understand that it would be nice to be part of this voting process, but do not be concerned that we will be short of people to participate. We will have no trouble gathering a quorum and carrying the process through to completion.
Your ministerial search committee announces that we’ve found a candidate for minister! A candidate is the person who will become our next settled minister- after she visits and we vote to call her to our pulpit! We can’t tell you who she is until we finish a few more tasks for the UUA, and the minister also needs to inform her current congregation. It will be another week or so until we can reveal her name. But we do want you to know how excited we are. We feel as if we’ve won the Oscar of BEST minister for our church!
We know you will be equally excited as we introduce her to you over the next month through additional announcements. She will also provide us with information for the ministerial search section of the church website. Watch the E-News and the church Facebook page for when that will happen.
Mark your calendar now for April 29 through May 7 as our candidating week. She will meet with many groups and individuals and hold some open forums. She will preach at the Sunday Services on April 30th and on May 7th. After the May 7th service we will be conducting our annual meeting at which we will vote to make the call to our pulpit official. Be there! You must be a member to vote.
Message updated on April 5, 2017
Check out our Church Information Packet prepared for ministerial candidates at: https://ms.uucuc.org/
The information appearing below was prepared as we commenced with the search process to keep everyone informed.
Leading the search is the Settled Minister Search Committee, whose members are Sam Beshers, co-chair; Sandy Hannum, co-chair; Jerry Carden; Kelly Halcom; Brian McDermott, Amanda Owings; and Umeeta Sadarangani. You may contact the committee through any of its members.
Two of our main tasks are to get information and ideas from the congregation, and to keep you informed. One important category of information is what aspects of ministry are of the highest priority to our congregation and how they relate to our goals for the near future. The committee will use this information to give us an idea of what our next minister should be like. The other kind of information we will need is about the current state of our church. We will use this to put together an information packet that will tell prospective ministers about us, and that we hope will be attractive to them.
We will keep you, the congregation, informed through regular contributions to the Uniter, the E-news, displays in Fellowship Hall, and this web site. Our search timeline is being displayed over the water fountains in Fellowship Hall, and will remain there for the rest of the year.
As we progress through the year and through the search, this section of our web site will expand to include much more information, and an update on current progress. We hope you will find it useful.
Timeline for our search for a called minister diagrammed from the UUA settlement Handbook.