Thank you, thank you, thank you to the 159 members and friends (more than two-thirds of UUCB’s membership!) who responded to our Ministerial Search Survey, and to the 104 who participated in our Searchlight Gatherings! We feel confident that we have a broad and representative sample of the church community, and we are already drawing many important insights from your feedback.
We know you’re curious, so we have provided a summary of the survey results for your number-crunching enjoyment. Please note that to protect respondents’ anonymity, we have removed open-ended and write-in responses. The Search Committee will combine those responses with the comments made during Searchlight Gatherings to analyze the “unquantifiable” aspects of our congregation, which we know are at least as important as the numerical results of the survey.
As the Search Committee prepares to engage in our discernment process, the trends and patterns revealed in this data will help us gain a deeper understanding of our congregation and the kind of minister we need. We also recognize that a survey is not a ballot. We will be careful to take every perspective into account, and not to place undue emphasis on popular survey responses.
Thank you again for the time and energy you put into attending Searchlight Gatherings and completing your surveys, and for the faith you have placed in us to do this sacred work.
The Ministerial Search Committee
Jim Rowe (chair), Sharon Belew, Ted Burnham, Jason English, Jenny Fitt-Peaster, Diana Maiden, Barb Richards