by Board of Directors President Karen Wolf and Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller.

We wanted to give you an update on the next steps in the assistant minister search process. As we noted in an earlier communication, we have entered the search process fairly late, so we are trying to spread the word through the Unitarian Universalist Association as quickly as possible. We have received some interest in the last few days, less than a week after the announcement, and continue to spread the word. Based on the process in the UUCF Governance Manual, the Board of Directors and the senior minister consulted and have invited the following folks to participate on the search committee:

  • A member of the Program Evaluation Committee (whose research and evaluation influenced the revised job description).
  • A member of the board.
  • A member of the People of Color Caucus.
  • One of the three lay ministers who will report to the assistant minister position.
  • The senior minister.

As soon as we receive official acceptance from these members, we will communicate who they are. Once the committee is constituted, they will come together and communicate how things are progressing as soon as possible.

We are looking for a minister who can fill the new position and bring gifts that support a healthy balance for the congregation, staff team and ministry. Once again, the offer for this position will be September 2017-July 2018, giving us some flexibility to retain the person based on mutual agreement, or giving us time to do a more complete search process.

During this transition time, we have asked Rev. Julie Price to provide some coverage while Rev. David is on vacation. She has agreed to provide pastoral coverage from Jul. 1 through 23.

Please let us know if you have any thoughts or questions.