The Rev. Jen Crow, a trained UUA transition coach, former Unity intern minister, and senior co-minister at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis led a special meeting of the congregation to help build our understanding of how the search for our next called ministers will be conducted.
January 2019 Update
The board is busy preparing for Janne and Rob Eller-Isaacs’ retirement next summer and we want to update you on our progress. There are three main areas of focus:
The Eller-Isaacs Celebration Team is forming, headed by co-chairs Pat Fontaine and Lia Rivamonte. Created by the board, this team will take the lead and help the congregation acknowledge our senior ministers’ lasting contributions and our deep appreciation for their leadership. The team will be responsible for planning events, determining a gift, and fundraising.
For anyone interested in being involved with the celebration planning, watch for opportunities that the co-chairs will be sharing. The celebration will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Board is extremely grateful to Pat and Lia for agreeing to step up and take on this important role on behalf of the congregation.
Recruiting an Interim
This spring the board will work through the UUA to identify an interim minister to join us for a year, from July 2020 through to June 2021. The interim minister will join our strong executive team that includes Barbara Hubbard, Executive Director; Rev. Lisa Friedman, Minister of Congregational and Community Engagement; and Rev. KP Hong, Director of Religious Education. Along with keeping Unity humming and leading worship, our interim minister will help guide the congregation through this transition.
Calling a Senior Minister
While calling a senior minister or co-ministers is the responsibility of the congregation, a Search Committee conducts the process and makes a recommendation. Search Committee members devote considerable time to this work as they weigh what is in the best interests of the whole church. Search Committee members keep in mind where we’ve been as a church — and with our new Ends statements — where we’re heading.
We’ll take a big step in forming the Search Committee and thinking through this process on Sunday, January 12, when Rev. Jen Crow, a trained UUA transition coach, former Unity intern minister, and senior co-minister at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, will preach at Sunday services, and also lead an all-congregation meeting at 12:30 p.m., to help build our understanding of how the search will be conducted. Jen has already been working with the board on the transition effort, and once the Search Committee is named, Jen will be an ongoing resource.
Forming the Search Committee starts with the development of a list of candidates. The board creates the list of 15 to 20 candidates after reaching out to the whole congregation asking for recommendations for who should be considered for this role. Starting in January, this outreach will include phone calls, small group discussions, and an online form.
The members of the Search Committee will be named by the board from among those on the candidate list. This will happen in May, after an all-congregation meeting where votes will be cast and after information has been shared about the candidates. Voting at the meeting will determine the majority of the Search Committee members, with the remainder selected by the board with an eye to balancing out needs for representation and skills.
Know that we will continue to share more information in the months ahead. And you can always reach out to board members with any questions.
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