Read the first report of the Ministerial Search Committee.
August 10: Ministerial survey becomes available
September 15: Survey closes
September 17: After church opportunities to explore ideas about settled minister
October (TBD): Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop
Search Committee prepares Self Study, gathering information through cottage meetings, survey and interviews; prepares information packet for candidates
Parish Board prepares compensation packet and draft agreement
The purpose of the process is to guide the voting members of the congregation in choosing the next settled minister of the First Religious Society.
The Transition Team worked with our interim minister to help the congregation reflect on its past, evaluate what it wants for the future, and prepare to search for a new settled minister. Working together with the Parish Board, with guidance from our interim minister and the UUA, the Search Committee will prepare a packet of material about our church and will obtain names of candidates for settled ministry from the UUA. At the end of a process to find a the best match between our congregation and potential ministerial candidates, the Search Committee will decide upon a candidate to present to the congregation for its decision as to who will be our next settled minister.
See the timeline here.
Jeff Bard, Rebecca Brodish, Steven Costello, Annie Maurer, Sophia Lyons, John Mercer, Sarah Spalding.
A settled minister is the minister chosen by the voting members of the congregation to be its permanent spiritual leader. An interim minister is an experienced minister, credentialed and trained for interim ministry by the Unitarian Universalist Association. That person provides regular pastoral care and preaching, as well as guidance to the congregation in managing the process of finding a new settled minister.
Usually two years from the time that the interim minister arrives. He or she usually is in place immediately after the tenure of the previous settled minister ends. For example, our previous settled minister, Harold Babcock, officially retired on June 30, 2016 and our interim minister, Susan Milnor, began her service with us on July 1, 2016.
The Parish Board, the governing body of the congregation, chose the interim minister.
The members of the Transition Team were Jeff Bard, Stephen Costello, Forrest Speck, Brent Mitchell, Sarah Spalding, and Jane Tuohy.
A person who has signed an FRS application for membership.
Barbara E. Garnis
From my vantage point as the Chair of the FRS Board, I see our current ministerial transition as an arc of time from the conclusion of our beloved Harold’s tenure last year to the congregation’s call of his yet-to-be-known successor on a day a little less than one year from now, in mid to late May 2018.
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