October Update from the Search Committee

Your 2019-2020 Search Committee brings you these updates on where we are and what’s ahead:

Cottage Meetings/Congregant Emails

As you may recall from last year, part of the ministerial search process is gathering input from the congregation about who we are, what our future vision is for the church, and how our future minister can help us achieve that vision. One avenue for gathering this input is through facilitated cottage meetings held with small groups of members and friends of the congregation. Last year’s Search Committee held extensive cottage meetings and this year’s committee held three meetings in October.  Although the meetings were not all that widely attended, we received some useful feedback.  We’ve also received emails from congregants sharing their perspectives. 

Congregational Record

Right now, one of the primary focuses of the Search Committee is the Congregational Record.  The Congregational Record is a compilation of facts and narratives covering our church history, membership and attendance, congregational demographics and beliefs, governance structure and programs, finances, paid staff, and the congregation’s strengths and challenges.  This document will reside with the UUA for review by ministerial candidates.

We will be integrating feedback from last year’s congregational survey and cottage meetings, this year’s cottage meetings, and emails we receive from the congregation into the record.  We will be building upon and updating the record developed by last year’s Search Committee and submitting the final Congregational Record later this fall.

If you have new ideas to share, or your feelings have changed since you participated in last year’s cottage meetings, please email us at search@uucss.org 

UUCSS Settled Minister Search Committee,

Katie Kirk Haag, Steve Hirsch, Jeremy Holt, Anna Molpus, Beverly Schnetzler, Lisa Schumaker, and Sharon Snyder