Funny, how being sequestered in my home disrupts all the routines that used to keep me oriented to the day of week and other orientations. Flash! We have two strong candidates for our developmental minister for next year. The search team has reviewed their ministerial records and we are preparing for initial interviews Thursday and Friday. We have requested that they give us contact info so we can speak directly with people who they have supervised in the past.
Meanwhile: wash hands, check temps and whether you van still smell things, maintain social distance. I wear exam gloves and face mask and carry Lysol wipes when I HAVE to go out. Stay safe folks, You are precious.
More to follow next week.
President, UUCM Board of Trustees
Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme and the state of the church. The Soul Matters theme for April is Liberation. This month’s post is offered by Melissa Martinson.
The theme for April is “liberation” – the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release. If ever there were a good time to for all of us to feel empathy for those who struggle to be liberated, it is now.
The current health crisis has many of us under a “shelter-in-place” order from the governor. The loss of the freedom to move about as we like or to congregate with whom we like has us feeling a bit like prisoners in our own homes. While there are many downsides, we are fortunate to know that it is not a permanent situation. One positive aspect is that it gives us the opportunity – however briefly – to walk a mile in the shoes of those whose freedoms are always curtailed. Continue reading →
UUCM Call for volunteers to fill 3 board of trustee and 1 nominating committee positions for July 2020-June 2023
The UUCM Nominating Committee is actively recruiting candidates for three open leadership positions on the Board of Trustees, July 2020-June 2023 and one open leadership position on the Nominating Committee for the July 2020-June 2023. Please consider serving as we continue to build on the positive energy of our growing congregation. Continue reading →
A few Board Updates back, we had started discussing the four developmental ministry goals in more depth. This week we are exploring Goal #3 – “Imagining the Future: What is the congregation going to need over the next 15 years?”
This question takes on added poignancy now as we face an uncertain future. As one of our board members said earlier this week, “I’m overwhelmed, as is everyone.” How can we extrapolate out fifteen years when we see how much has changed in our lives over the timeframe of the past few weeks?
And yet, our faith provides guideposts to help us prioritize what is important – the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; our values will endure. The question before us right now is “what does our faith call us to do in this moment?”
And our answer, in this last week has been to close the church. To heed the direction and advice of our elected officials and public health experts as they direct us to practice physical distance to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The good news in this moment is that hard as this time has been and will continue to be, we are fortunate to have three interim ministers who are experts in using the internet to connect with far-flung congregants. They are giving us crash courses in using Zoom video conferencing, the church and UUA websites, webinars, possibilities of streaming worship services, music, small group meetings, so much more to stay connected during this time of physical distance but perhaps even increased social and emotional connection.
This time period ahead of us will not be easy, but we will get through it together.
The Board met last night and will continue our Board activities together, but not in person for a while. We are fortunate that our interim ministers have previous experience with online ministry and online worship to help us all stay connected as a community in these unprecedented times.
The Minister Selection process continues without interruption. We are addressing this question today:
In “developmental minister”, does the word developmental refer to the development of the minister or to the development of the congregation? Both! Developmental ministers are not trainees. They are highly experienced, often with decades of experience. Developmental refers to the shared ministry of both the congregation and the minister. It’s a mutual effort, with the congregation making a commitment to growth in the goal areas identified.
The first Stewardship Gathering took place last Sunday and there was a lively question and answer session about the selection of a new minister. Here are two of those questions:
Is developmental ministry a category of ministry? Is developmental ministry recognized by the UUA? Yes and Yes! Developmental ministry is a recognized category of ministry by the UUA and we are working closely with the UUA Transitions staff during the selection process. Developmental ministry is a newer model of ministry which is why many in the congregation may not have heard of it before. The decision to move forward with the developmental ministry model was made after much reflection by the Board including what we learned from the Congregational Listening Sessions, with support and input from our current interim ministers, and in discussion with and approval by the UUA Transitions staff.
If you have not already done so, please plan to attend a Stewardship Gathering. We welcome your questions.
This week, we are addressing several questions:
Do we have any candidate submissions yet? When does the submissions deadline close? What are the next steps after that? We are working closely with the UUA Transitions staff and they will forward qualified candidates to us. We don’t expect candidate responses to our posting before mid-March. The Board Minister Selection Task Force will then interview and evaluate them. Offers will occur in April.
Can we see the posting that candidates are responding to? Yes, you can! We do not plan to post it publicly but ask any member of the Board and they can email it to you. The document is nineteen pages long.
Keep the questions coming!