Ministerial Search Committee Chair
It is August, 2020. Eliot, my eldest son, is heading off to start his first year of college. I have a few more gray hairs, but none because Eliot is ill-equipped to handle the challenges of moving from an adolescent to an adult. Coming to age in a nurturing, inclusive, intergenerational congregation with a rich variety of social, spiritual, and educational programs have helped to shape him into a young man of whom we are proud.
Our past Developmental Minister, Howell Lind, has just emailed from his 2nd(3rd?) home since continuing his calling to developmental ministry. He wishes us well, but it sounds like he is fishing for another construction project with which to come back and assist! That shouldn’t be hard given our recent building expansion and numerous remaining projects.
We have just returned from the 2020 All Church Retreat in the mountains–it is hard to imagine that the center can barely accommodate our 200+ attendees at this now annual event. Once again, there were an abundance of excellent sessions covering social justice, spirituality, and faith development, in addition to a host of fun outdoor programs for all ages. In fact, for the first time, we spanned 100 years of age, with attendees from 6 mos to 102, representing every decade of age in between!
This summer of 2014, the UUCB has started along the process of searching for and selecting a settled Minister. I am honored to serve as the Chair of the Search Committee and, as a team, we are deeply committed to this process of discerning the best ministerial partner for UUCB.
The 2014 All Church retreat was our first formal opportunity to share more about the search process and join you in a discussion about our next Minister. We held two sessions, with 24 participants in total. The thoughtful and sincere engagement by all brought forth many great ideas for us to incorporate in the process. In particular, the meetings highlighted to me, what a healthy and diverse congregation we are, with strong desire to continue to deepen our faith, live well, and enact justice.
During the next 6 weeks, we will be facilitating a variety of gatherings to engage with all members of the congregation. Please take a moment to review the schedule and plan to attend one of these “Search Light Gatherings”, or affectionately also known as “SLUGs”. Members of the search committee will also be attending upcoming meetings and events of many groups within the church: Such as, Men’s Group, Young Adults, Family Matters, Wise Elders, Wine and Spirits, and other others yet-to-be-scheduled.
So, as the next weeks unfold, I ask you to do a little time travelling and think about our future: When you think about UUCB in the next few years with a new Minister leading the congregation, what do you see? How do you measure success? What skills, passions, experiences has he or she brought to bear in leading us to successfully meet our goals? What is your “2020 Vision”?
|September 11, 2 p.m.
|September 14, 12-1:30 p.m.
||UUCB Emerson Room
|September 21, 9-10:15 a.m.
||UUCB Playground and Emerson Room
|September 21, 7 p.m.
||Longmont (Will Kropp and Caitlin Moore)
|September 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
||Louisville (George Brandon and Mary Clough)
|October 11, 10 a.m
||North Boulder (Jerry and Diane Gollnick)