Ministerial Search News
The Search is ON!
Greetings Members and Friends of UU Asheville,
Our amazing Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) is already deep into their work, having kicked it all off with a facilitated planning retreat last month. The Committee encourages everyone to take the Congregational Survey, attend Cottage Meetings, and participate in other opportunities to assist them in the search process. Your input allows us to understand who we are and where we’re going, so we can identify the ministerial candidate that best meets our congregation‘s wants and needs now and into the future. Thank you for everyone’s help and participation during this exciting time in the life of UU Asheville!
Your Ministerial Search Committee
Ruth Christie, Joanne Fox, Shawn Gibson, Joyce Hooley-Gingrich, Charlie Marks, Dale Wachowiak, and Gina Phairas, Chair.
To contact the Search Committee, send an email to MSC@UUAsheville.org.
Sign Up to Attend a Cottage Meeting!
These small group meetings are your opportunity to share your vision for UU Asheville. Led by members of the Minister Search Committee, each participant will be asked to share their ideas about what “church” could look like in the future and what role UU Asheville should play in our community. You only need to attend one meeting and each meeting will last 45 minutes. Follow the link below to choose the date, time and Zoom or in-person meeting that works best for you.
Let’s explore our possibilities and begin building the community we hope to be together!
Here are your options with more details available on the sign-up form:
Sunday, 10/23, 9:30am and 12:45pm
Tuesday, 10/25, 7pm
Thursdays 10/20 and 10/27, 7pm
Sunday, 10/30, 9:30am
October 23-November 1:Cottage Meetings & Focus Groups
November: Congregational Record Completed
December 1: Congregational Record Shared with Prospective Ministers
January: Applicant List Received & Individual Interviews
February/March: Pre-Candidating Visits
March: Final Candidate Determined
March-April: Negotiations & Background Checks
April: Candidate Announced to Congregation
April/May: Pre-Candidating Week & Congregational Meeting
May: UUA Notified of Called Ministry
Preparation For New Minister Begins
Ministerial Search Committee
Purpose and Possibility, September 20, 2022
Gina Phairas, MSC Chair
It’s been 17 years since our congregation last searched for a called minister. That means many of us have never engaged in the work of a ministerial search, and for others it’s been a while. So now is a good time to
reflect on what the search process is all about and what role we all play in finding our new minister.
First, know that the process is well underway. We’ve chosen a committee to help guide us through the search process, but you may be surprised to learn that the committee’s job is not to decide who the next minister should be. Rather their task is to find the minister who can help us realize our vision for UU Asheville.We all have a role to play and the committee can’t play its part if we, the members of UU Asheville, don’t play ours. Our committee needs to know what we want “church” to look like, what role we want to play in our community, the concerns we have, and what we see as UU Asheville’s purpose. In other words, the congregation tells the committee where we want UU Asheville to go, and the committee searches for a faith leader who can take us there.
The committee members are not looking for their minister, they’re looking for the congregation’s minister, so the committee needs to hear from all of us.
To make that easy, the committee has two tasks for everyone in the congregation:
First, complete the congregational survey. This is your first opportunity to tell the committee your hopes for UU Asheville. Admittedly, the survey is a little long so set aside some time to give it some real thought. You’ll find that the survey will not only help the committee get a picture of who we are, it’s also designed to help you envision what we could be. It’s well worth the time investment.
Second, attend a cottage meeting. In these small group meetings, you’ll once again be thinking about the purpose of UU Asheville, but unlike the survey, you’ll be sharing your ideas with and listening to those of fellow congregants. It’s an opportunity to begin building the community you want to be a part of.
Those are the two tasks we can all do to help. Complete the survey and come to a cottage meeting. Pretty simple.
While the search process is a time for reflection about who we are, it’s also a time filled with possibility. May we approach the search process with excitement, curiosity, and openness to the possibilities a new minister can bring.
√ Participate in the process to elect the search committee
√ Complete the congregational survey
Attend a cottage meeting or focus group
Attend any special forums (ex. Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop)
Attend Candidating Week Events
Vote on Our Selected Candidate