Eliot Institute at Seabeck, Washington (regional retreats)
LGTBQ Ministries – UUA
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) (international missions)
Rev. Carolyn Colbert, Minister Emerita
The resolution honored Carolyn’s eight-year tenure with the UUCE as well as her entire ministerial career. The Committee on Ministry presented the following resolution:
Resolved, that the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, in gratitude and appreciation for the Rev. Carolyn Colbert’s extraordinary and visionary service, reflected in outstanding membership, Religious Education and financial growth, and in innovative programming ranging from Worship Associates to Shared Ministry Groups, is hereby awarded the title of Minister Emerita of our church, and is afforded all the rights and privileges therein.
A definition of Emeritus status indicates “retired but retaining an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement. Emerita is used of a woman: a professor emerita.” Often the title is reserved for a minister who has served a congregation over many years. The rights and privileges for Minister Emerita include voting rights at all future GA sessions, and being able to include the “emerita” title on her personal correspondence.
Between 1990 and 2005, emerita/emeritus status was given to 174 clergy in the UUA. An average of 11.6 clergy are given emerita/emeritus status per year. There are (on average) 24 ministers who retire each year, so the percentage who received emerita(us) status is very close to 50%. The average length of service was 10 to 12 years.
More information on our denomination’s process and policies relating to emeritus/emerita status can be reviewed below or online at: http://www.uua.org/careers/ministers/22691.shtml
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