Where we are now

The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) wants to assure the congregation that our search process has only been minimally impacted by social distancing at this time. All pre-candidates have successfully completed their neutral pulpits. The MSC has begun the discernment process to down select to a candidate that we feel would best serve the congregation. These are uncertain times and we ask for the full consideration of the congregation as we adapt to these evolving circumstances.

The MSC is in consultation with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the MSC will be in consultation with the UUCLB Board of Trustees as soon as the UUA gives us more information and guidance this week.

The first two neutral pulpits occurred before social distancing started. The final one was somewhat affected by social distancing, but everyone was satisfied at the end of the weekend that their needs had been met.  The pre-candidate met in person with all but one of the MSC as planned and that MSC member zoomed to meetings. The MSC witnessed all sermons live at various neutral pulpits.
We can assure the congregation that we feel we have had ample opportunity to meet, interview, observe, and last but not least, get to know our pre-candidates.  We are very excited about where we are at this time and want to move forward with the process as best we can.
The search process and discernment continue.  We are due to give our final decision to the UUA at the end of March.  The candidate will get back to us the beginning of April.  Some formalities take place.  An announcement to the congregation about the name of the candidate will take place no sooner than mid-April.  That’s how it would be without the new reality we are in too. So nothing has changed in that regard.
Once we know who our actual candidate is we will then consult with them, the UUA, and the UUCLB BOT about our process for Candidating Week.  We have a very tech-savvy MSC and congregation so we feel certain that we will work something out.
We appreciate everyone’s concern, but please know we need this time to do the work of discerning who our next settled minister will be. We hope this information helps. Stay safe and take care.

Search Process Timeline

The Results Are In !

The Ministerial Search Committee has prepared a report that compiles and presents the results of the 2019 Congregational Survey. Click on the image below to download a copy of the report and view the visualization of the survey data. Thanks again for all the time and effort you have put into making this valuable contribution to the ministerial search process.

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.