In the coming months we will be working together to:
  • Claim and honor our past and engage and honor its griefs and conflicts
  • Recognize our unique identity and our strengths, needs, and challenges
  • Clarify the appropriate leadership roles of minister(s), church staff, and lay leaders
    and navigate the shifts in leadership that may accompany times of transition
  • Make appropriate use of Regional, UUA, and other outside resources, and
  • Proudly, come into possession of a renewed vision and strong stewardship,
    prepared for new growth and new professional leadership, ready to embrace
    the future with anticipation and zest

This is the timeline for the two year interim period through which we will be tackling the five critical tasks listed above. The Transition Team will be working to keep us on track. The time line is also on display now in the Fellowship Hall.

If you are interested in what information the Search Committee will be pulling together to create our Congregational Record through a survey of the congregational and “cottage meetings”, here is a template of the questions to be addressed in the Congregational Record.

Next up: Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the search process for our congregation. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us. Other congregations have assumed that their ideal minister looks a certain way, and often ministers who are not white or male or heterosexual or able-bodied or of a particular age or class are discounted and seen as “less than” in some ways. Ministers in our faith who are people of color, bisexual, gay, lesbian, female, transgender, differently-abled, young, old, ethnically different, or of a different class—all of these credentialed ministers still face discrimination as part of the ministerial search process. In our efforts to find the best match, our congregation will host a Beyond Categorical Thinking worship service and workshop on October 30, 2016.

We will have a trainer come and meet with our search committee, lead the Sunday service, and facilitate a 3-hour conversation where will have a chance to examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process. This is yet another way for us to put our faith into lived experience and improve the odds that regardless of identity, we will find the minister who is the best match for us and will serve us well This opportunity allows the entire congregation fuller participation in the search process. It will allow us to explore our hopes and concerns for a new minister, learn more about the search process, and see how our own history (both personal and congregational) might interfere with our efforts in this search.

So come on October 30, 2016 to participate in this service provided by the UUA, whom our congregations have asked for help in this process. Our trainer will be Jo Ann Dale. We will serve lunch directly after the service and then begin our workshop in the Fellowship Hall. Sign-up sheets for lunch/childcare and cleanup help will be provided in the Fellowship Hall under the Ministerial Search Committee bulletin board!

Transition Team

  • Scott Heise, Chair
  • Connie Marbach
  • Dennis Baute
  • Nicole Wiltrout


  • Rev. Mary Moore, Interim Minister
  • Rev. Barbara Child, Ministerial Settlement Representative
  • Jane Gross, MidAmerica Region UUA Compensation Consultant

Search Committee - Copy 3 (1280x848)Search Committee

  • Kathleen Leason, Chair
  • Richard Boyce
  • Ann Beattie
  • Jim Farless
  • Malorie Farrington
  • Judy Jasper
  • Liz Nolan-Greven

Negotiation Team

  • Allen Gifford
  • Chris Kevitt
  • Ann Beattie