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.
Wednesday, April 27
Day Off for Rev. Eric
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.
7. Knowledge of and experienced in conflict resolution and after-pastoring.
8. Trustworthy and builds trust over time.
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!