November 2018 Update
This is an update for the congregation on how the Unity Church Board of Trustees is planning for ministerial transition. This is the same summary that was shared during the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on November 17, 2018.
Senior Co-Ministers Janne and Rob Eller-Isaacs have generously given our church significant notice of their plans for retirement on June 30, 2020. Thankfully that date is more than 18 months away. But the advanced notice they’ve given us has allowed the board to consider the topic with great care.
The board’s work on this issue has advanced in consultation with all four members of the Executive Team — Executive Director Barbara Hubbard, Minister of Congregational and Community Engagement Lisa Friedman, and Senior Co-Ministers Janne and Rob. (For those of you less familiar with Unity’s governance, this team of four leads the church and reports to the board.) In 2018, the board’s Transition Subteam dug into our options and consulted with Jen Crow, Senior Co-Minister at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, who knows our church well. This past summer, the full board reached the decision that Unity Church will have a one-year interim period before a new called minister starts, or when two new co-ministers start.
What this means is that an interim minister will be with us from July 2020 until June 2021, before a new senior minister’s tenure. The interim minister will be a member of the Executive Team, along with Barbara and Lisa.
There are several reasons the board chose to have a one-year interim period.
A ministerial search committee will be formed to conduct the search for a new called minister. An April 2020 congregational meeting will be held to finalize the search committee. The board imagines we will be searching for one senior minister, but we express openness to having two co-ministers apply as well.
Here are some key steps the board expects in the transition process. The congregation will be kept informed along the way through the use of Unity's monthly newsletter and email updates. All communications will be available online at our newly established ministerial transition webpage.
If you have questions about the transition, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Board Transition Subteam:
Senior Co-Ministers Retirement Announcement
2018 Annual Report
2018 Annual Meeting Information Packet
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