Beginning in October 2017, we are undergoing a transition over the next few years as we search for Reverend Mitra Rahnema’s permanent replacement. This will be a multi-step process with guidance by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Our Board of Trustees has approved the creation of the first Search Team. The second and third Search Teams will be created when the time nears for their step in the process.
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.
- Bridge Minister: The first step was hiring a Bridge Minister to fill the Minister’s role at the Church for 3 or more months. The Bridge Minister Search Team comprises Maria Hanson, Danielle Dolloff, and Randy Kinney representing Pastoral Care, the Worship Committee, and Supervision respectively. Rev. Judy Tomlinson served as our Bridge Minister from October 2017 to January 2018.
- 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.
Where are we now? We’re in the process of nominating and voting for people to be on the Search Committee. Contact the Leadership Development team if you would like to find out who is running or nominate someone who isn’t running yet.
- 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.
The Board of Trustees accepted Reverend Mitra Rahnema’s resignation in August of 2017.
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 Leadership Development team if you have questions or comments. Once the Search Committee has been selected, questions and comments should be directed to them.