Hello fellow UUCE congregants, Happy March – Daffodils popping up everywhere. They are such a happy flower and have absolutely nothing to do with this article other than they make me smile. Enjoy! Since March is a month of transition, it seems fitting to share a quick report on our ministerial transition process.
Please come to our next Quarterly Conversations with the Board, Sunday, March 18, at 11:30 am in the Sanctuary to learn the latest and share your ideas for interview questions for the candidates. As always, snacks will be served. Here’s what we know so far. Nationally there are eight congregations, including ourselves, in search for a developmental minister this cycle. Our application has been posted and the UUA Transitions Office will provide information about potential applicants between now and the end of March. We haven’t heard anything yet, but Rev. Sarah Schurr, our UUA Regional staff person, says “she feels really good about our application”. When we receive information on candidates, each will be evaluated and interviewed by our board search committee, composed of Daniel Blades, Abby Tuttle-Shamblin, Bob Fraley, Katy Colburn, Treasurer, and myself.
UUA guidelines require the board to maintain strict confidentially during the selection process, but we will share as much information as we can. Since Rev. Sydney will be leaving us at the end of June, Kimberly Wooten has agreed to serve as our summer minister starting July 1st.
I also want to use this space for a plug about the UUA Regional Assembly, April 27-29 at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland. This is a gathering of UU congregations throughout the West, including Alaska and Hawaii. The theme this year is “Stories of Hope, Courage, Resistance & Resilience”. Here is a link for more information: https://www.uua.org/pacific-western/regional-assembly Although our congregation is entitled to four delegates (see below), you do not need to be a delegate to attend. Everyone is welcome. The agenda looks amazing. Check out the link above for info on workshops, worship, plenary sessions and an off-site experiential learning fieldtrip hosted by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, as well as the familyfriendly kids’ camp, childcare and youth program. I am particularly excited to hear the keynote speaker on April 28, Pramila Jayapal, an immigration and labor activist from Washington State who is the first Indian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress. If you are interested in serving as a delegate from our church to UUA events, including the District, Regional or General Assemblies, please contact me, or any board member to express your interest. The number of delegates for each congregation is based on membership and is determined before each event.
This year, General Assembly is being held from Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24 in Kansas City, MO. More information will be available on the UUA website later this Spring. Our UUCE Delegates to April’s Regional Assembly are Katy Siepert, DRE; Kimberly Wooten, CLF; Katy Colburn, Treasurer; and Barbara Kellogg, President Save the date: Annual Fund Drive Begins: Sunday, March 11 Quarterly Conversations: Sunday, March 18, 11:30 to 1 pm, Sanctuary Service Auction: Saturday, April 7, 5 pm Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 10, 11:15 am, Sanctuary. If you have a question about the Board or a topic you would like addressed, please let me know. I am always looking for ideas for this column. Barbara Kellogg, President, UUCE Board of Trustees