May 2014 Report From The Search Committee

Report from the Ministerial Search Committee

By Mike Morgan

The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) met in retreat on April 18-19 with the Rev. Ann Marie Alderman, our Ministerial Search Representative from the UUA. We assigned these committee roles: Chair—Kathy Morante and Jennie Gemignani (co-chairs); Packet Editor and Distributor—Caren Spencer-Smith and Gene Bryant; Ar- ranger—Caren Spencer-Smith and Mary Hinton; Reference Checker—Mary Hinton, Linda Berry, and Gene Bryant; Secretary—Mike Morgan, Jennie Gemignani, Mary Hinton; Survey Coordinator—Linda Berry, Gene Bryant; Treasurer—Gene Bryant. Subsequently, Kathy Morante resigned from the committee because of family obligations. The Board will be asked to add one or two additional members to the MSC from those already considered by the congregation. Jennie Gemignani will remain chairperson.

We developed the following covenant for our committee:

We covenant to:

1. Participate in and facilitate the work of the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC), with each person doing a fair share.

2. Express our honest opinions with respect for the feelings and opinions of other group members.

3. Listen with patience and an open mind, not only to other MSC members but to all members of the congregation.

4. Hold as our highest priority the best interests of our congregation and its future.

5. Maintain confidentiality regarding all MSC activities and discussions, being especially careful not to compromise our ministerial candidates.

Furthermore, we covenant to:

1. Hear and respect the point-of-view of each other and to react with kindness, especially when we disagree.

2. Remain on-task, minimizing personal drama and giving all group members an opportunity to talk (“don’t suck all the air out of the room”).

3. Be sensitive to all manner of diversity and avoid discrimination or appearance of discrimination in the work we do.

4. Work as a team, providing help to each other as needed and owning individually the decisions we make as a group.

5. Select the best candidate for our church and stand united in presenting that candidate to our congregation.

Timeline: We expect to have a settled minister arrive in August or September 2015. Many things will happen before then.

A major goal due November 2014 is that the MSC will have gathered and compiled information from the congregation about their wishes for a minister using surveys, community meetings, and interviews. During this same time frame, the board will be working to develop a compensation package and draft agreement.

By November 30, 2014, we will have completed our online Application for Minister and posted our Congregational Record (CR) to let interested candidates know of our position.

From January through March 2015 the MSC will select perhaps three “pre-candidates” from those who have indicated an interest in us. The first-choice candidate will be made an offer on the first Thursday of April 2015.

These major time points are just the tip of the iceberg. We encourage our members and friends to share their thoughts and wishes with us, especially in the information-gathering portion of this process. A time for questions and answers has been set aside for Saturday evening at the All Church Retreat, but we welcome your input at any time.

Later on, in order to fulfill our covenant to maintain the confidentiality of ministerial candidates, we will be unable to share some details with you.

We appreciate your trust in allowing us to do this.



The Beginning of The Search Process

A Message from the GNUUC Board

On Sunday, February 23, GNUUC held a congregational meeting. During the meeting, we unanimously approved changes to our Bylaws to reshape our Board, and to follow best practices for the Ministerial Search Committee process. Beginning in the new church year (July 1), our Board will be comprised of four officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary), and five At-Large members. Also during the meeting we cast ballots for the Ministerial Search Committee.

The Board has taken the ballots and is working to create a balanced Search Committee that will be announced shortly.

And, finally we unanimously approved ordaining Rachel Lonberg! We’ll begin working on an ordination ceremony, and will share details in the next newsletter.

Please note that the below table highlights our upcoming ministerial search important dates.

Day     Month     Year     Event

30 November 2014    Search Committee completes online Application for Minister Search

2  January 2015        Committee can request Ministerial Records

7 April 2015              Search Committee selects candidate and announces candidate within a week

April-May 2015        Candidate visits for intensive week Congregation extends call and minister accepts

Aug-Sept 2015        Minister arrives, begins service


GNUUC Ministerial Search Committee Overview

After a Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly education session in 2013 on the ministerial selection process, the GNUUC board of directors chose to use the UUA guidelines for the selection of a new minister. The Ministerial Transitions website provides many resources to guide our congregation through the search process (

The members of the GNUUC Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) were selected by the congregation. The seven members include:
Kathy Morante & Jennie Gemignani, Co-Chairs
Linda Berry
Gene Bryant
Mary Hinton
Mike Morgan
Caren Spencer-Smith
Roger Wiesmeyer