The message in this post today isn’t the one we’re sure you all want to hear, nor is it the one we want to give.
Although our search efforts did result in candidates whom we felt could serve us well, as we all know, what goes into an individual choice is incredibly personal and complex and the final choice belongs to the candidates themselves. With disappointment then, we report that the candidates we hoped would choose us, chose to go elsewhere. As a side note, we’ve learned that a quarter of the congregations in search this year did not find a match.
We are therefore extending our search for a new minister. This means that we will enter into what the UUA refers to as Round 2 of the search process. Round 2 is a pretty short process and though the candidating week will be held later in the spring, if we find a new minister in round 2, the start date will likely be the same (in August). Starting April 13, we will have access to a new list of ministers in search who are interested in us. The new list will be drawn from available ministers who only recently decided that they wanted a change, or they might be brand new ministers who’ve just been granted preliminary fellowship, or for whatever reason, they were left without a match in Round 1.
We have discussed the outcome among ourselves, with our President and Vice President, and with the UUA Transitions Office representatives. We’ve heard from congregations who have found outstanding ministers who hadn’t put their name in until Round 2. And, the UUA representatives tell us that we are a strong, desirable congregation and are well positioned to find a good fit. What we want you to know is that we are ready to move on to Round 2. We continue to be enthusiastic and optimistic, and we are very hopeful that we will find a new minister who is a great fit for us in Round 2.
The Ministerial Search Committee,
Carolyn Cave, Jenn Chylack, Lisa Cyr, Mary Herman, Anne Perkins, and Steve Rice.