Ministerial Search

An Active Process

The Search Committee has now moved beyond the committee’s preparation and release of a Cedars Congregational Record for Minister Search (follow link to view the document) sharing descriptive information about Cedars with potential minister candidates, and its assembly of an extensive Search Packet containing copies or samples of Cedars’ operational and organizational material such as bylaws, board and congregational meeting minutes, budgets, newsletters, and more for sharing with candidates expressing interest in our congregation.

As those prospective candidates have identified themselves, the committee has been reviewing descriptive biographical material, making preliminary assessments of suitability as suggested by the congregational survey and subsequent cottage meetings, and engaging and interviewing selected candidates in interactive video conversations.

Narrowing its focus, the committee will then arrange weekend meetings with each of three pre-candidate finalists that will include conducted Sunday services.  After selecting a finalist judged as the best fit for Cedars, the committee will introduce that candidate to the congregation in a two-Sunday Candidating Week, concluding in a congregational meeting to consider the offer of a Ministerial Call.

A Successful Workshop held on January 6.
The Search Committee thanks all of you who attended last Sunday’s service and the following workshop. UUA representative Jones Hollister-Victoria (Jo) led us all toward a more open and successful search process as we consider candidates for our next settled minister.
The presentation was timely, since the search process itself has now moved beyond the committee’s preparation and release of a Congregational Record sharing descriptive information about Cedars with potential minister candidates, as well as its assembly of a more extensive Search Packet containing copies or samples of Cedars’ operational and organizational material such as bylaws, board and congregational meeting minutes, budgets, newsletters, and more for sharing with interested candidates.
As those prospective candidates identify themselves, the committee will be reviewing descriptive biographical material, making preliminary assessments of suitability as discussed in the congregation’s survey workshops and cottage meetings, and beginning interactive conversations with selected candidates.
Narrowing its focus, the committee will then arrange weekend meetings with each of three pre-candidate finalists that will include conducted Sunday services.  After selecting one finalist, the committee will introduce its candidate to the congregation in a two-Sunday Candidating Week, concluding in a congregational meeting considering the offer of a Ministerial Call.
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

Cedars’ Search Committee has now submitted Cedars’ Congregational Record to the Transitions Office of the UUA. The Record is a many-paged response to a probing questionnaire exploring who and what we are as a congregation, supplemented by specific documentation of congregational history, locale, staffing, and financial stability. It will be shared by the Transitions Office with prospective ministers.
The committee is now completing a further assembly of congregational documents such as bylaws, meeting minutes, budgets, surveys, newsletters, annual reports, and other items in a Congregational Packet to be shared with candidates who desire more detailed information about us.
An important consciousness-raising and search-oriented workshop titled “Beyond Categorical Thinking” has been scheduled to follow the service on Sunday January 6. The several-hour long program will be led by a representative of the UUA’s Transitions Office. Please plan to stay. Light lunch and childcare provisions will be available.

Please plan to stay for several hours after the service on January 6 for an important consciousness-raising and search-oriented workshop titled “Beyond Categorical Thinking” and led by a representative of the UUA’s Transitions Office. Light lunch provisions and childcare will be available.

Cedars’ Search Committee is completing the assembly of Cedars’ formal application to participate in the search process administered by the Transitions Office of the UUA. The application, also referred to as the Congregational Record, is a many-paged response to a probing questionnaire exploring who and what we are as a congregation, supplemented by specific documentation of congregational history, locale, staffing, and financial stability, among other things. Still to come is the further assembly of congregational documents such as bylaws, meeting minutes, budgets, surveys, newsletters, annual reports, and other items in a Congregational Packet.

The committee is pleased with its effort and proud of Cedars’ credibility. Our high rate of participation in the recent congregational survey and the associated cottage meetings will strengthen our appeal as we present ourselves to ministerial candidates in the search process.

A very significant workshop for the congregation is being scheduled to follow the service on the 6th of January.

Cedars Ministerial Search Committee, November 16, 2018

Carol Ann Davidson, Betsy Minkoff, Johanna Munson, Vinnie Perrone, Jeff Philip, John Wiens, and

Richard Wilson   

Cedars’ Search Committee is now processing input from the on-line survey and cottage meetings of the past several weeks. We are very pleased to report that participation in both activities was very high and reflects strong congregational interest in the search process. We received 97 completed surveys and 64 people attended cottage meetings.
The committee is continuing to meet weekly, and is actively scheduling and arranging for search process activities to come while also gathering historical data, governance and financial documents, and samples of such things as newsletters and orders of service for sharing with ministerial candidates.
A very significant workshop for the congregation is being scheduled to follow the service on the 6th of January.

Cedars’ Search Committee is urgently seeking your input regarding ministry at Cedars!  It is critically important to the credibility of our search effort that we achieve a high level of participation by the members and friends that comprise our active congregation.

The search committee has prepared a congregational survey as well as cottage meeting discussion questions to offer every member and friend the chance to express needs and wishes for the congregation’s future ministry.

The survey has been released electronically, but is also available in hardcopy by request.

A new and final cottage meeting for those who have not yet participated will follow this Sunday’s service at 11:15 in the Island School library. Contact Betsy at: minkoff.betsy@gmail.com if you are interested.

It is our hope that every member and friend will participate in BOTH the written survey and one cottage meeting.  Why both? Because hearing others’ reflections in the context of our own thinking offers an important opportunity to shape the collective vision of Cedars’ future.

Survey Link 

Thank you for your participation!

Cedars Ministerial Search Committee

Carol Ann Davidson, Betsy Minkoff, Johanna Munson, Vinnie Perrone, Jeff Philip, John Wiens, and Richard Wilson 

Cedars’ Search Committee is urgently seeking your input regarding ministry at Cedars!  

Cedars’ Search Committee is urgently seeking your input regarding ministry at Cedars! It is critically important to the credibility of our search effort that we achieve a high level of participation by the members and friends that comprise our active congregation.

The search committee has prepared a congregational survey as well as cottage meeting discussion questions to offer every member and friend the chance to express needs and wishes for the congregation’s future ministry.

The survey has been released electronically but is also available in hard copy by request. A new and final cottage meeting for those who have not yet participated will follow this Sunday’s service at 11:15 in the Island School library. Contact Betsy at minkoff.betsy@gmail.com if you are interested.

It is our hope that every member and friend will participate in BOTH the written survey and one cottage meeting. Why both? Because hearing others’ reflections in the context of our own thinking offers an important opportunity to shape the collective vision of Cedars’ future.

Survey Link 

Thank you for your participation!

Cedars Ministerial Search Committee

Carol Ann Davidson, Betsy Minkoff, Johanna Munson, Vinnie Perrone, Jeff Philip, John Wiens, and Richard Wilson 

September Update

Please help us with your input regarding our future ministry at Cedars!

The search committee has prepared a congregational survey as well as cottage meeting discussion questions to offer every member and friend in the congregation the chance to express needs and wishes for the congregation’s future ministry.

The survey will soon be released electronically, and cottage meetings will be scheduled to occur during the first several weeks of October.

It is our hope that every member and friend will participate in BOTH the written survey and one cottage meeting.  Why both?  Because hearing others’ reflections in the context of our own thinking offers an important opportunity to shape the collective vision of Cedars’ future. Look for links to the survey and cottage meeting sign-ups in upcoming email to members and friends of the congregation.

Thank you for your participation!

Cedars Ministerial Search Committee  Carol Ann Davidson, Betsy Minkoff, Johanna Munson, Vinnie Perrone, Jeff Philip, John Wiens, and Richard Wilson  

Our exciting news is that the Board voted to approve the Ministerial Search Committee’s recommendation to go into full search for a settled minister.  Thank you to the Search Committee for their research and thoughtful recommendation.  It is clear that they put a lot of work into this.  We encourage everyone to read their recommendation by following this link to Ministerial Search Recommendation.

The Board has scheduled a congregational meeting on Sunday, September 16th after the service.  Members of the Search Committee will be able to answer any questions that you have regarding their recommendation and how they came to it, and we welcome input by members and friends before starting the process.  Members of the Search Committee:  Carol Ann Davidson, Betsy Minkoff, Johanna Munson, Vinnie Perrone, Rev. Thomas Perchlik, Jeff Philip, John Wiens and Richard Wilson.

Ministerial Search Team Charter: The Cedars Board of Trustees has tasked the Search Committee with (1) analyzing possible options (including settled ministry, contract ministry, or other options) in light of budget restrictions and other factors, (2) recommending a course of action, and (3) managing the process that is adopted.  The Board asks the Committee to provide its recommendation to the Board no later than August 31, 2018.

Monthly progress reports will be provided.

A Ministerial Search Committee consisting of Carol Ann Davidson, Betsy Minkoff, Johanna Munson, Vinnie Perrone, Jeff Philip, John Wiens, and Richard Wilson was confirmed to take responsibility for exploring ministerial options for the congregation following the end of Rev. Thomas Perchlik’s interim ministry on July 31, 2019.

This page will be updated to respond to requests for information, share summaries of the process,  show progress on the established timeline and eventually help communicate the final selection process and decisions.