Special Announcement

 

April 14, 2015

Dear Members and Friends,

                On behalf of the Standing Committee, I invite you to participate in a discussion in the Sanctuary following the service this Sunday, April 19, 2015, concerning a serious dilemma:  we are not in a position to begin the search for an Interim Minister to serve our congregation beginning next September.  We seek your best thinking and advice.

                The problem is that our budget for next year [July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016] is unresolved, primarily because pledged income to date is insufficient to hire any minister full time and it is important to determine how to define a part-time position.  Further, because we are unable to plan, we will miss the deadline for filing our application [April 17, 2015] with the Unitarian Universalist Association for the first round in which potential applicants are matched to potential churches.  The second deadline is May 18, 2015 and we dare not miss that deadline as well.  The most experienced candidates usually are hired during the first round; the second round goes to candidates who are considered less experienced.

                In the opinion of many who have talked to us, the congregation has been well served by The Reverend Shayna Appel.  Many have suggested that we should see if she can stay for another year, perhaps with continued support of The Reverend Olivia Holmes, our Transitions Consultant.  Shayna and Olivia have challenged us, we have responded, and there is a clear sense of new momentum, but the same problem exists -- there is an immense amount of work to be done in a successful interim ministry, and we do not have the funds available in the 2015-16 budget  to discuss this possibility with Shayna, Olivia or any other candidate for full-time ministry. 

                So, this is an important meeting.  It is an important time for our church.   If we are unable to attract a good Interim Minister this year, we will have an even greater dilemma next year attracting a good and permanent Settled Minister.  Please attend the meeting this Sunday and help find a solution. 

                Thank you,

 

  Sarah Dengler, Congregation President