THINK OF A MINISTER. DON’T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT.
Chances are you thought of both. And distinct images perhaps came to mind. In terms of a minister, what images came to mind? Was it a person of a particular gender, race, or age?
Congregations often assume that their ideal minister will look 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. In its efforts to find the best match, our Cedars congregation will host a Beyond Categorical Thinking worship service and workshop on January 6th. A facilitator from the Unitarian Universalist Association will meet with our search committee, lead the Sunday service, and facilitate an afternoon workshop conversation where we 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 we will find the minister who is the best match for us!
This opportunity will allow 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.
Save the date and please join us for participation in this service provided by the UUA. Light lunch and childcare will be provided.
Cedars Ministerial Search Committee: Carol Ann Davidson, Betsy Minkoff, Johanna Munson, Vinnie Perrone, Jeff Philip, John Wiens, and Richard Wilson