Since Rev Lo has submitted her resignation, WUUC has begun the process of finding an interim minister to serve our congregation for the next two church years. Interim ministers have special training to work with congregations during the time of transition.

Interim ministers carry out the normal responsibilities of congregational ministry, including worship and pastoral care, and also assist the congregation in addressing the following interim tasks:

* claiming and honoring our past and engaging and acknowledging our grief and conflicts

*recognizing our unique identity and our strengths, needs, and challenges

*understanding the appropriate leadership roles of the minister, church staff, and lay leaders and navigating the shifts in leadership that may accompany times of transition

*making appropriate use of regional, UUA, and other outside resources

*renewing our vision, strengthening our stewardship, preparing for new growth and new professional leadership, ready to embrace the future with anticipation and zest

The WUUC Interim Minister Search Team members are Alaine Davis, David Goss-Grubbs, Jane Mathewson (Board rep), Grace Simons (lead) and Chick Sweeney.  The UUA has a well-defined process for congregations seeking an interim minister. A time line for this process is posted near the main church entrance.  It even has a “We are here” arrow. (Thanks for this go to David Simons.)  Feel free to ask any committee member about the process we’re using or raise concerns, but remember that a good deal of our work must remain confidential.

In accordance with the established policy of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the interim minister is pledged not to become a candidate for the congregation’s called ministry and not to serve the congregation for more than two years. During the search for our next called minister, the interim minister will not discuss specific prospective candidates with the ministerial search committee.