Our search is underway for a new settled minister at MLUC! This is an exciting, introspective time as we clarify our congregation’s hopes, dreams, and needs in order to find the right ministry partner to guide us into the future.

We will be updating the congregation on our progress regularly, so check back here for updates.

December 2022

Our Congregational Record is live on the UUA ministry system for all searching ministers to view! This document, a long-form resume of our church, contains a profile of our congregation, an honest assessment of our strengths and weaknesses, answering questions about everything from our programming, facilities, organization and governance to our detailed expectations for the next minister and for our congregation.

During the month of December, ministers will review the congregational records of churches in search and make their decisions about the churches they want to explore further.  We will start to hear from interested applicants on January 2.

Meanwhile, we are working on the ministerial “search packet” with additional information about our congregation that we will send to applicants in January and we are preparing for the process and discernment work ahead.

 

November 2022

We want to thank everyone who participated in the Cottage Meetings and Focus Groups in October for taking the time to share your ideas, views, and hopes for our next minister and ministry. In group and individual meetings, you shared views on the culture and future of MLUC and this valuable insight gave us a better understanding of the different perspectives in the church that we needed to hear in order to prepare the Congregational Record for MLUC.

We are busy finalizing the Congregational Record and gathering additional photos and documents for the accompanying “search packet”.

 

October 2022

  • Cottage Meetings – the sign-ups for cottage meetings will begin in late September for sessions that will be held during the month of October. These are small group meetings for members to share thoughts about the future of the church. We have 13 sessions scheduled so watch for the sign-ups in ENotes in late September – early October.
  • Focus Meetings – these are similar to cottage meetings but with a narrowed focus on the activities and experiences of particular groups. Focus meetings are also planned for October.

September 2022

  • Congregational Survey – thanks to all those who completed the congregational survey. The results are being compiled and we will share the results along with Cottage Meeting feedback later this Fall.
  • Beyond Categorical Thinking – we hosted congregants and UUA Transitions Office Director, Keith Kron, for the 3-hour workshop on conscious and unconscious biases around identities on Sat., Sept. 17. The session helped members in attendance and on Zoom to discuss real cases of biases in UU churches. The discussions raised awareness of our own biases and hopefully will help us be more mindful in our interactions with each other and with a new minister.

 

The Search Process

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has set out a careful process that both congregations and ministers follow to help ensure successful pairings of ministers and congregations. For congregations, the process can be divided into roughly four steps:

  • Reflecting is the first step, where as a congregation we consider who we are and our vision for the future ministry of the church.
  • Sharing that vision with potential candidates, telling them who we are and the important facts about us that will guide their decision to engage with us.
  • Evaluating potential candidates and selecting three or four ministers we wish to engage with more deeply.
  • Candidating and Call, an in depth process where the search committee meets with and evaluates the candidates and selects one person to present to the congregation. This candidate will spend a full week serving as the minister at MLUC, and at the end, if all goes well, we vote to call them as our new settled minister at our congregational meeting on April 30th.

 

 

Our Search Committee

The congregation has entrusted us to do the important and thoughtful work of selecting a candidate to be our church’s next called Senior Minister. Our task is to find the candidate who best fits MLUC, who can best serve the growth of the church.

Our goal as a committee is to be open and transparent with you about the process as we move forward. While there is a need for us to work confidentially during the interviewing portion of the process, your early engagement and input will give us the confidence to make choices that fit with our community’s needs and hopes for the future.

 

MLUC Search Committee

Front Row:  JB Hillman, Bonnie Marzolf, Deirdre Gordon, Alan Scholl

Back Row: Julia Rosa, Craig Farr (Co-Chair), Teresa Zink, Barbara Colton (Chair)

 

We are excited to be on this journey together! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email the search committee at search-com@mluc.org or contact any member of the committee.