Jan. 21, 2019. When former Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) Linnea Nelson left UUCF in late 2017, we contracted with Diana Tycer to serve as an interim director. Diana has served the children and youth of our congregation in that capacity ever since and we are grateful for all that she has done.

Now the time has come for us to find a new DRE. Last fall a search team was constituted to do that. The DRE Search Team includes current and former RE teachers Darryl Branting, Laureen Branting, Meredith Carr and Tessa Grubb; youth Zachary Grubb and Samarra Pack; Board of Directors member Scott Kestner; Coordinating Team representative Peter Krone; RE Committee Co-Chair Laura Richardson; and Senior Minister David A. Miller.

The team is in the process of updating the DRE job description and the hiring process – following Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) guidelines – and preparing job postings in anticipation of reviewing resumes in February and March and conducting interviews by the end of April. The team anticipates selecting a candidate to present for Board of Directors approval by May 1. The new DRE is expected to start Aug. 1 of this year.

Here are some of the DRE’s responsibilities:

  • Managing the UUCF Religious Exploration program of more than 280 children and youth.
  • Ensuring a welcoming environment for all children, youth, families and volunteers and staff in the RE programs.
  • Working with staff and lay leaders to nurture spiritual development and social responsibility among UUCF’s children and youth.
  • Assuring integration and effective communication among and between families, volunteers, staff and other sectors of the congregation.
  • Supervising three part-time employees responsible for youth ministry, child care and general support.
  • Contributing to overall vision and strategy for UU lifespan faith development.
    • Participating in the exploration and implementation of innovative strategies and programs to engage UUCF congregants in the life of the congregation.

The Director of Religious Exploration is also expected to respect UUA principles, support the UUCF mission and be willing to enter into a covenantal relationship with other staff members.

The Director of Religious Exploration is critically important to the congregation and the search team takes the responsibility of hiring the best candidate seriously.