Rev. Dr. Neal Jones retired from parish ministry at the end of 2020. Because Rev. Jones departed in the middle of the church year there will be three steps for our church to take on our path to a new settled minister. First we will choose a temporary minister to fill our pulpit for the remainder of the church year. Then, beginning this summer, we will invite an interim minister to be our senior minister for one or two years. During that time we will create a search committee which will undertake a search for a new settled minister. As decisions are made and information becomes available, we will report it on this page.

Ministerial Transitions

Temporary Minister

Rev. Christine Robinson
Beginning January 17, 2021

Interim Minister

To be announced by June 2021.
Beginning August 2021.

Settled Senior Minister

Arriving August 2022 or August 2023

 

The Rev. Christine Robinson will be (virtually)  filling our pulpit three times a month for the next 7 months.  She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is the Minister Emerita of the First Unitarian Church, a church she served for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2017.  Since then she has worked part time as a church consultant, ministry mentor, and, for the last eight months, a virtual preacher.  

Christine considers herself an agnostic theist (She’ll tell us about that this Spring!) and gains inspiration from poetry, popular music, and the Tao Te Ching.   

The interim period following the end of one ministry and preceding the beginning of another provides the breathing space during which a congregation can review its goals, assess its programs, consider the quality of its life in common, and “tune up” for a new era. The interim period may be one or two years. The Interim Ministry Primer is a good resource for learning more about this.

The interim search committee comprises three trustees: Dilip Kumar, Yasara Antar, and Craig Farr; they will select the interim minister. This process runs from February through May and the results are typically known by the end of May or early June.

Learn more about this team and their process.

The search for a new settled minister will be carried out by a search committee, nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the congregation. The time frame for the creation of the search committee will be determined by the decision of whether to have a one-year or a two-year interim ministry. That decision will be made by the board of trustees.

 

Recent Transition News

Interim Minister Search Team Formed -

The interim period following the end of one ministry and preceding the beginning of another provides the breathing space during which a congregation can review its goals, assess its programs, consider the quality of its life in common, and “tune up” for a new era. ... read more.

Welcome Rev. Christine Robinson -

The Rev. Christine Robinson will be (virtually) filling our pulpit three times a month for the next 7 months. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is the Minister Emerita of the First Unitarian Church, a church she served for nearly 30 years before ... read more.