Ministerial Transition — Next Steps

Ministerial Transition — Next Steps

This past Sunday Paige’s sermon, Lost & Found . . . And, dealt with her plans to end her ministry with our congregation, at the end of June. We on the Board are experiencing a wide range of emotions at this important milestone in our congregation’s nearly-60-year existence. We imagine that many in the congregation share this experience. Every feeling — sadness, relief, disappointment, anger, joy, compassion, even a lack of emotion — is legitimate and OK.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for leadership in this transition. After learning of Paige’s plans, we are actively planning next steps.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, of which UUCC is a member, offers a tried and tested method of ministerial transition, using an Interim Minister to pave the way for eventual calling of a settled minister. The process is captured in a Transitional Ministry Handbook. The Board is in the process of completing a read of the relevant sections of this handbook, and you are welcome to read it as well — it’s intended for congregants as well as ministers and others.

The UUCC Board will meet in retreat this coming Sunday afternoon, January 28, to begin the planning and implementation process in earnest. We will keep you posted on developments in this Good Governance blog.

We do know that we will need to convene an Interim Search Committee, to help us with the tasks of the Interim Minister’s selection process over the next six months. We are still gathering information about exactly what this committee’s responsibilities will be, but if you think you might be willing to serve, will you contact us, please, at board@uucolumbia.net?

We want you to know we are with you in this time of change. May it be a time of positive growth and loving strength for our spiritual community.

2 Comments

  1. Jill Christianson

    Thanks for this and future updates… I am glad the Board of Trustees is committed to effective congregational communications through these months.

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