Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
Interim Minister Search Committee Report
By Linda Wright
After six weeks, we are close to the finish line. Our task is almost, but not quite, done. We have what is called a match, which means the minister we liked the most, liked us the most. We are currently working on negotiating a contract and doing the required background check. As soon as we complete the last few details, we will be making the “big reveal.”
Before we introduce you we hope you will take the time to read about how an interim minister differs from a settled minister. Interim ministry is preparation for a new settled minister. Interim ministers come “pre-fired,” which means the interim minister will be leaving after two years. Often, people think interim ministry is about what the minister does to or for the congregation; however, it’s more what the congregation does with the help of a minister. We are preparing for the next phase of our congregation’s life.
“Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life …” ― Alice Walker
Drawdown Ecochallenge Status
By Ed Oaksford
The UUCT’s Canopy Road Crusaders Team is currently 12 strong. This week the team amassed 363 points with our current cumulative in day 35 of the challenge standing at 3,917 points. We’ve watched 3 documentaries, spent 1,750 minutes exercising, 505 minutes learning, consumed 183 meatless or vegan meals, spent 1,290 minutes being mindful of our environmental impact, spent 1,565 minutes outdoors, eaten 181 more servings of fruits and vegetable and eaten 58 zero waste meals.
However, we need more folks to join our team for the remainder of the challenge that goes until June 30th. It’s easy to join, just go to http://drowdown.ecochalleng.org and join our team the Canopy Road Crusaders with the password Chalice. We hope to see your name show up on our team list.
SUUSI (Southeast UU Summer Institute)
By Karen Share
The SUUSI (Southeast UU Summer Institute) catalog is up!!
This year is again FREE and ONLINE, so you can enjoy SUUSI from your couch July 17 – 24. It’s nowhere near the in-person experience, but it’s a small taste!!
Registration opens May 15th. Use the link below to sign up. Note: There is a small fee for some workshops.
Volunteer Opportunity – Auditor
UUCT’s Manual of Policies and Procedures calls for an ad-hoc audit committee to perform an internal review of our financial accounts and procedures every two years. The board is looking for volunteers to do this important work. A financial background is not necessary and there is a checklist from the UUA to help ensure a thorough review. While this is a significant project, prior volunteer auditors tell us that it can be done by one person, or alternatively a small committee, within a couple of weeks. Members performing these audits cannot be serving on the finance committee or serving in positions directly related to UUCT’s finances.
So are you detail oriented and willing to review our financial records and interview our treasurers? If so, please let the board know – email firstname.lastname@example.org.