Search Process Timeline

Our Next Steps

The UUCLB 2019 Ministerial Search Committee would like to invite you to participate in a cottage meeting. The cottage meeting is designed to go beyond the Congregational Survey by providing an opportunity for further discourse about the future of our church and what we see as the new Settled Minister’s role in it. We are excited to hear from you up close and personal on this matter.

Note: The Cottage meetings are open to all but are meant to serve those who have not participated in any other focus group discussions. Please monitor your e-mail for invitations to join specific focus groups before signing up for a cottage meeting time slot.

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Beyond Categorical Thinking (November 3rd)

“Will the new minister hear me? Will my concerns and needs be met?  Will the minister understand what I’m living with? How will the community respond to our minister?’

In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender identity, nationality, physical or cognitive ability, race, sexual orientation, etc.) comes to mind. With this picture in place, it can be easy to unintentionally exclude ministers who fall into certain categories. At times, as we get caught up in comparing candidates to our “picture,” we can even forget what it is we hoped for in a minister.

On the weekend of November 3, UUCLB will participate in the Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for congregations involved in the search for a new minister. The Ministerial Search Committee invites all congregational leaders, members, and friends to participate in this workshop.

The Beyond Categorical Thinking program is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the search process for a new minister. This program includes a three-hour BCT workshop and a Sunday morning service with facilitators trained by the UUA. In the workshop, UUCLB members will:

  • Consider the hopes, expectations, and concerns they have for a new minister
  • Learn more about the ministerial search process, and
  • Explore how thinking categorically about people sometimes interferes with choosing the best candidate.


Sunday, November 3 at 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
The UUA-sponsored workshop led by Barb Greve.

Barb is our guest in the pulpit and workshop facilitator, co-founder of
TRUUST (Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together),
co-author of Living the Welcoming Congregation.
He has a long, career in lifespan religious education and facilitation. 

A light lunch will be served beforehand. 

Please email the MSC 
if you are in need of childcare to participate.

Process Overview

Since October 2017, we are undergoing a transition as we search for a permanent minister. This will be a multi-step process with guidance by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). We, our congregation, has selected the members of our Ministerial Search Committee.

Below is a basic explanation of the steps of this transition, with more information and updates if you click on each of the step titles.

  1. Interim Minister: The Interim Minister will fill the Minister role for about two years. Due to the longer period that the Interim Minister will occupy the role, the Interim Minister Search Team more thoroughly vetted the applicants for this important position. The Interim Minister not only continues fulfilling the duties of Minister, but also helps heal and prepare the Congregation (emotionally and spiritually) for a new Called Minister. Our Interim Minister, Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniel, was selected in November 2017, and began his service January 16, 2018. He will serve until June 2020.
  2. Called Minister: The last step in the transition is the most important and will take a lot of time and care to complete. After the Interim Minister position is filled, a Called Minister Search Team is nominated and selected by the Congregation. All Church Members excluding Trustees, Staff, and the Leadership Committee are eligible for this Search Team, and Members will be provided an opportunity to nominate then vote for peers to serve on this team. Once a Called Minister is selected by the Search Team, the Congregation then votes to approve their selection. The new Called Minister should be expected to serve as our Minister for at least 6 years.

All information about the transition is meant to provide transparency to our congregation. No confidential or sensitive information will be posted but you may contact the search committee.