Ministerial Search Update: Congregational Survey and Cottage Meetings

An important element of the Ministerial Search process is understanding what the congregation values for our next settled minister.  This fall, we are gathering your input in writing and through discussion.

The Congregational Survey is complete, with a response rate slightly over fifty percent.  Thank you to all who participated.  Here are the results of Ministerial Hopes and Expectations: UUCB Congregational Survey. For example, the highest-rated role for our future minister, both on a personal level and for the good of the whole congregation, is “Presenting inspiring and challenging Sunday Services”, followed by “Fostering a sense of community” and “Prophetic Role – helps us imagine our future and inspire us”. Click on the link to see the survey results for more!

Cottage Meetings will begin soon. These are numerous small group discussions, facilitated by Search Committee members, to enhance the insights we gathered during the survey and provide a different opportunity for everyone to contribute to the search. Participants can share their needs, wants, and hopes for a new settled minister. Open discussion provides an opportunity for people to hear and build on what others say. Group size will be managed. We are in the process of contacting existing groups within the congregation to identify preferred meeting times. We encourage you to join your existing group for this discussion, but we will also offer “open enrollment” sessions on Wednesday, October 21 (7pm); Sunday, October 25 (1pm), and Tuesday, October 27 (7pm).If one of these times suits you best, please register for the “open enrollment” sessions. Zoom details will be published shortly.

Please contact the Ministerial Search Committee with requests or questions at:

In faith,

Billie Abbitt, Nicole Ball, Mary Clough, Cathy Edwards (Chair), Will Kropp, Pam Leland, and Laura Maguire