Our Ministerial Candidate:
Rev. Eric Banner

Click below to learn more about Rev. Eric!

Rev. Eric's Video
 Rev. Eric's Website

Candidating Week


April 23-May 1

Use the schedule below to choose which open discussions and events you’d like to attend during Candidating Week. Come to as many as you would like! This schedule is thematic. Everyone is welcome to attend any open discussions they choose—not just those on committees, councils, or other groups directly concerned with the theme. Come listen, share, and learn more about our candidate and our church.

Some sessions are in-person at the church; some sessions are on Zoom (these sessions will not be recorded). Zoom links can be found in the April 15 Happenings newsletter. You may also request Zoom links at least three hours prior to each event by emailing [email protected].

It is possible the schedule may change. Always check back here for the latest information.

Please RSVP for the complimentary meals on Tues, April 26, and Sat, April 30 and register for childcare for Sun, April 24; Tues, April 26; Sat, April 30; and Sun, May 1 by clicking HERE. You may also use the link in the Happenings email sent on April 15 to RSVP.

Please email [email protected] with questions.

Sunday, April 24

10:00-11:00 am

Rev. Eric leads Sunday Service

11:15 am- noon

Light Lunch in the Hospitality Center

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Introducing Rev. Eric Banner:  An interview by Helen Gray - Hospitality Center

Monday, April 25

9:30 - 10:45 am

Open Discussion, Focus: Finance, Endowment, and Stewardship - Zoom

1:00 - 2:15 pm

Open Discussion, Focus: Past Moderators and Other Church Elders – Hospitality Center

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Open Discussion, Focus: Shared Governance and Shared Ministry - Zoom

Tuesday, April 26

9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Reserved Time for Staff and Rev. Eric 

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Spaghetti Dinner in Hospitality Center

6:30 - 7:45 pm

Open Discussion, Focus: Our Hopes and Dreams – Hospitality Center

Wednesday, April 27

Day Off for Rev. Eric

Thursday, April 28

9:00 - 10:15 am

Reserved Time for Committee on Shared Ministry/Nominating Committee and Rev. Eric

1:00 - 2:15 pm

Open Discussion, Focus: Pastoral Care - Zoom

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Open Discussion, Focus: Worship and Music – Hospitality Center 

Friday, April 29

1:00 - 2:15 pm

Open Discussion, Focus: Growth and Membership - Zoom

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Open Discussion, Focus: Social Justice and the Wider Community – Hospitality Center 

Saturday, April 30

10:00 - 11:15 am

Open Discussion, Focus: Come with your Questions - Zoom

4:00 - 5:15 pm

Open Discussion, Focus: Youth, Young Adults, and Families – Colvin Commons

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Pizza Dinner and Ice Cream Treats – Hospitality Center

Sunday, May 1

10:00 - 11:00 am

Rev. Eric leads Sunday Service

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Congregational Meeting and Vote on Candidate 

Childcare provided (RSVP coming soon)

12:30 pm

Reception in Hospitality Center 

We are glad you are here!

The current purpose of this page is to keep the First Universalist community informed about the progress of the ministerial search. Members and friends can find information below about our priorities, monthly updates, congregational research results, and committee member information below.

Look for the MS binoculars logo for updates!

What are the priorities for selecting a new minister?

Based on research from the congregational survey and small group conversations, the MSC has defined these 20 priorities in their search for our new minister

Key Duties / Responsibilities

1. Preaches engaging Sunday services. Sermons are high quality, inspiring, appealingly delivered, and reach both the head and the heart.

2. Brings the church together through collaborative leadership in partnership with the entire community.
Supports staff as a team player, including supporting the music ministry.Is both a leader and a companion, and partners when making decisions.

3. Attracts and connects with younger members and families.

4. Leads the congregation into the future with strategic planning skills, vision, mission, and purpose.

5. Provides spiritual leadership and shares theological knowledge.

6. Supports adult and youth religious education programs alongside staff. Can spearhead and cheerlead a good adult RE program, including teaching classes.

7. Witnesses to social justice and outreach, living out the 7 or 8 Principles.

8. Demonstrates good communication and listening skills.

9. Performs rites of passage and provides excellent pastoral care, drawing on our existing program. 

Behaviors/Values/ Other Characteristics

1. Warm, approachable, and personable.

2. A compassionate and positive person who likes and accepts us.

3. Demonstrates commitment and will have longevity as our senior minister.

4. Enthusiastic about shared ministry. Inclusively connects with diverse belief systems, including a large Humanist group, and is comfortable with diverse theological views.

5. Calming presence.

6. Humor.

7. Knowledge of and experienced in conflict resolution and after-pastoring.

8. Trustworthy and builds trust over time.

9. Authentic.

10. Maturity and a wealth of life experience.

11. Has a strong support system. 

Survey and Conversation Results

We asked for them, and you provided: your thoughts and perspectives regarding the ministerial search! We were thrilled to have such a great turnout for both the congregational survey and the ministerial search conversations.  Click below to see each report!

Survey Report

Conversations Summary

Ministerial Search Committee

Who is on the Ministerial Search Committee and when will their search be complete?

Click on an image below to learn more

Who is on the committee and what drives them in their search?

What is the committee's time line?

What does the charge to the committee say?

Contact the MSC

Would you like to get in touch with the Ministerial Search Committee?  

Email Us