Your Search committee is in gear and making progress on our quest to call a new minister for UUSA. We had a retreat at the end of August with our UUA coach, Debby Bergh. She worked with our first search committee last year, so she is well able to give us good advice as we move along.
The committee last year did an incredibly good job preparing materials for ministerial candidates and doing an extensive survey of the congregation. You, the members and friends, did an incredibly good job filling out a lengthy and thoughtful survey. We hope you will be pleased to hear that we are going to use the results from that survey as we start this new search. Out of about 150 members, 115 filled it out, which is an incredibly high return rate for a survey, so we feel that it provides excellent information about our congregation.
We would, nevertheless, like to hear from new members or from any of you who did not respond last year. To that end, we are offering two times for “cottage meetings” after Sunday services. The first meeting is on September 30. If you miss that one, there will be another on October 7, after the Sunday service. Meetings will begin at 11:45. Sue Kelly and Janis Gray will facilitate them. Childcare will be provided. We hope anyone who would like to contribute their thoughts about our new minister will be able to come to a meeting, so we can incorporate your ideas as we come up with a picture of our Society to present to ministerial candidates. We will add ideas from the cottage meetings to the results of last year’s survey as we start this new search. You can also talk to any one of us. We welcome your input!
We look forward to working with you and for you this year, as we search for a new settled minister.
Carol Johnson, Charlie Atwood, Janis Gray, Kiana Diggs, Sue Kelly,
Jess Murphy and Louise Grosslein (co-chairs)