Update: The Successful Search (Sermon)

Update: Congregational Survey

One of the first steps for the church is the Congregational Survey, which is essential for a successful search. This is an opportunity for each of us to step forward to share our views and aspirations for our church community. The survey is now ready for your input. This is open for all members and friends, no matter what your age. Multiple people from the same household can each complete the survey, and no identifying information is retained. The results will be tabulated and compiled electronically, then shared with the congregation and with prospective candidates to give them an overall picture of who we are and what we are looking for. It will take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and we are hoping for 100% participation in the next two weeks. You may click on the link above and take the survey at any time between now and Sunday, September 22nd.

Our plan is to use the collected information to guide the Search Circles, the next phase of the process, where we will meet together in small groups to collect even more in-depth information from all of you. Stay tuned for sign-up details.

Update: Timeline of the Search Process

Update: August 28, 2019

Your search committee has been busy gathering information about First Universalist.

The UUA has established a process in which congregations looking for a settled minister and candidates looking for these positions do complementary tasks. Candidating ministers and search committees create a package of documents by which they present themselves to each other to describe both the church and the prospective minister. (Speed dating for ministers.)

In the near future we will be asking for your input in a number of ways. First will be the Congregational Survey which you will hear about at the Ingathering service on September 8th. More information to follow.

We expect to post updates on the website, in Channels, in the Sunday Morning News, and possibly on the church Facebook page.

If you have questions please ask any of the Search Committee members. We want this process to be as open and as transparent as possible. As with any hiring we need to honor the candidate’s privacy. Otherwise ask away.

We are working on your behalf. Thank you for the trust you have placed in us.

For the Search Committee

Steve Thomas, Chair

Update: early August 2019

Your Ministerial Search Committee has begun its work! The committee has had a productive weekend retreat with our consultant Margaret Beckman. We now have a comprehensive overview of the enormity of the task, and a timeline for our work, as well as the roles each of us will play. The congregation will have several very important roles in this process during the fall months. In early September, you will be asked to complete the Congregational Survey, a very important collection of data about who we are and what we think about our ministry. There will also be Cottage meetings and focus groups to gather everyone’s opinions. Please stay tuned for more information, and be ready to be a very active participant. Your voice is needed and very important!