Discerning Our Needs
It’s a two-way street. Potential ministers are choosing us, as well as us choosing them. Under the UUA rules, there is a deep process for UUFSD as a congregation to introspect and self-evaluate so we can present our Fellowship honestly and completely to our future minister. What we learn from these steps will be reflected in our Congregational Record and in the Search Committee’s actions.
Our Congregational Survey
Your Search Committee will prepare a survey that all members and friends are urged to complete, during the Fall of 2019. The responses weigh heavily in describing what kind of congregation we are and what we seek in a settled minister. Sample questions: What expectations, however unstated, do you have about the minister’s family and personal life? How important are these various ministerial functions to you? (Administration, Preaching, Social Action, etc.)
These are small group discussion sessions which all members and friends of UUFSD are encouraged to attend, to be scheduled in the Fall of 2019. Sample topic of discussion: After a year, what factors will let us know if a settled minister has been a success?
These are like Cottage Meetings except that they are specifically for groups with a common interest—examples might be RE parents, long-time members, former Board members, choir members, and so forth. These are to be scheduled for the Fall 2019.
Beyond Categorical Thinking
In the Fall, our congregation will attend this 3-hour seminar, created and delivered by the Unitarian Universalist Association as an important part of the search process. The seminar focuses on identifying unconscious aspects of categorical thinking that could prejudice the selection process—including race or color, gender, sexual orientation, cultural habits, disability, and so forth