Search for a Settled Minister 2022-23

Unlike many other faith traditions, where a congregation is assigned a minister by the regional or national leadership, a vote by the membership of a Unitarian Universalist church is required to call a settled minister into covenant with a congregation. The search process developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is designed to match ministers in search for a congregation with congregations in search for a minister.

 

Meet Our Search Committee

The Search Committee is tasked with participating in the UUA sanctioned search process to find the best candidate to fulfill the role of settled minister for our Congregation. To that end, we aim to earn and keep the trust of our Congregation, to engage the membership in the search process, to represent our Congregation as authentically as possible, and to maintain the privacy of ministers in search.

 

Members of the Search Committee were nominated by members in the spring of 2022 and the slate of candidates prepared by the Board was approved by our Congregation at the Congregational Meeting in May 2022. You can read more about each of the committee members below.

 

 

Announcements & Events

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop. Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) is a program designed to help congregations in the ministerial search process. Issues around race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, visible and invisible disabilities, health concerns, and sexual orientation are addressed in the workshop.

 

This was a wonderful opportunity for our congregation to be mindful of personal implicit and overt biases, and to take active steps to counter systemic and personal biases during (and beyond) the interim period.

 

Congregation Survey, Focus Groups, and Cottage Groups

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Congregational Survey and the Focus & Cottage discussion groups! We loved hearing from everyone, and we got a tremendous amount of information about how we view ourselves as a church and what we are looking for in a future minister!

 

On Sunday, January 8, 2023, Beth Elliot, our Interim Minister Intern, will be offering a sermon that celebrates the 130th Anniversary of our Founder’s Day and explores some of the results from the Congregational Survey and the Focus & Cottage Groups we held with the Congregation this fall. We hope you can attend and hear some highlights of and the larger themes of what the Search Committee learned.  We’ll also include a presentation of the results from our “Focus Group” with the kids and youth in the RE program!

 

Search Timeline

 

 

Board of Trustees sought nominations & Congregation voted for Search Committee membersMarch-April 2022 (Complete)
Search Committee members approved at Congregational MeetingMay 2022
(Complete)
Congregational survey conductedSeptember-October 2022
(Complete)
Cottage & Focus groups heldOctober-November 2022
(Complete)
Congregational record publishedDecember 1, 2022
(Complete)
Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop with CongregationDecember 3, 2022
(Complete)
Candidate applications will be received and reviewed by the Search Committee. Interviews with candidates will also be held by the CommitteeJanuary-March 2023
(In Progress)
Candidate will be announced and Candidating week arrangedApril 2023
Congregation will submit Notice of Call for new ministerMay 2023
New Settled Minister will arriveAugust 2023

 

Documents

Highlights from our Congregational Record, Survey, and Focus/Cottage Groups are available on My AllSouls, the ASUUC member resource and information webpage.

 

Have Questions or Comments?

Please use the form below to get in touch with the Search Committee. A member will get back to you as soon as we’re able.