Settled Minister Search
The members of the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) were approved at the June 3, 2018 Annual Congregational Meeting. The purpose of the MSC is to call a ministerial candidate by early May 2019.
The Ministerial Search Committee pledges to:
- Act with integrity in all interactions and communications with the BOT, congregation, staff, UUA Transitions Office and staff, and prospective ministers.
- Commit to join accountability, including communicating with the BOT, congregation, and staff with a single voice.
- Proceed in a fair, nondiscriminatory manner.
- Follow, as appropriate, guidelines outlined in the UUA Ministerial Settlement Handbook and Resources Guide.
- Maintain confidentiality of all meeting discussions and candidates, yet share all process information with the Board of Trustees, congregation, and staff in a transparent and timely manner.
- Actively seek the congregation’s desired attributes in a new minister
- Represent, to the best of our abilities, the whole congregation.
- Honestly convey a complete picture of the congregation to candidates while shining a positive light on all aspects of the congregation’s activities and accomplishments.
- Engage with candidates in thoughtful, mutual exploration, seeking a felt “call” as a match with the congregation’s expressed needs and hopes in their new minister.
- Verify, to the best of our abilities, the representations made by candidates, mindful of the congregation’s trust and safety.
- Maintain a budget within the allocated search funds.
The Minsterial Search Committee agrees to:
- Work cooperatively
- Treat one another as equals
- Test assumptions
- Ask questions
- Take the time we need
- Share relevant information
- Be transparent
- Listen deeply
- Model true collaboration
- Seek to point out inconsistencies
- Acknowledge things we appreciate that others are or have done
- Adopt an open, curious stance regarding one another’s thoughts
- Use specific examples to help explain what we mean
- Work to come to a common understanding of what important words and concepts mean
- Explain our reasoning and intent
- Focus on needs, hopes, and concerns, and not positions
- Combine inquiry with advocacy
- Discuss undiscussable issues
- Use a decision making method that generates the level of commitment needed
- Plan to laugh together and use humor whenever possible
To learn more about the MSC members and their work, click the links below: