The Search Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected a ministerial candidate. We have followed the advice we received near the beginning of this process to “fall in love” with the candidate. We hope that you will, too! We are unable to give you more information now until some final details are attended to, but will fill in the blanks as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we are making arrangements to introduce them to you.
Candidating Week will be April 28 to May 5. The candidate will present a sermon on each of the Sundays. During the week there will be opportunities for you to meet the candidate and their spouse. We’ll be arranging meetings with committees and other groups within the Fellowship as well as “cottage meetings” in the homes of individual members. If you would like to host one of these cottage meetings, please contact Maxine Guettler, at Guettler@chartermi.net.
After the service on May 5, we will excuse the candidate and vote on whether to call them. We hope this will be the beginning of a joyous partnership as our Fellowship moves into the future.
From the Ministerial Search Committee: Tom Bailey (Chair), Mary Johnson, Maxine Guettler, Chris Nakamura, Tim Wagner, Sasha King
Thanks to all of you who completed the Survey and gave us your viewpoint on our congregation and our needs and priorities. We commit to keep these priorities in mind as we continue the search process. Click here to view the key findings from the survey summarized on our Members section of our website.
Also, another reminder that we need photos of activities at the Fellowship or of members taking part in activities in the community for the packet we are assembling for ministerial candidates. Please forward them to Chris Nakamura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next on our agenda is Beyond Categorical Thinking, a program made available to us through UUA. On October 14, Mary Esther Johnson will present the service, followed by a workshop to help us in expanding our outlook on selecting a minister. We will be providing a lunch of soup, salad and bread. Please plan to attend. It promises to be enlightening and should give all of us further insight into the process as well as ourselves. Sign up here!
The UUFoM Congregational Survey closed on July 10 and all paper surveys have been received. Information from the survey will be shared this summer. Stay tuned!
Your Search Committee is continuing to meet regularly in preparation for hiring a new minister. We are looking forward to reviewing your Survey responses. This will help us to understand who we are as a congregation and what qualities our new minister should have. We are also continuing to prepare our congregational packet to present ourselves to prospective candidates. Please complete your survey as this is your opportunity to express your opinions and your concerns in this important step in the evolution of our congregation.
UUA is providing us with a workshop and Sunday service called Beyond Categorical Thinking. It is designed to broaden our thinking about what types of candidates we may call to be our minister. The date for this program will be announced soon. Plan to attend. We are sure to learn a lot about ourselves and the exciting future we can create.