As you know, we are in the process of calling a new Minister of Worship and Outreach, which presents many exciting possibilities. In meetings with the Search Committee and in the survey that you took, all other things being equal, this congregation expressed a strong desire for diversity. To bridge any gaps in the smooth implementation of that goal, on Sunday, September 27th,
the Unitarian Church in Summit is presenting Beyond Categorical Thinking, a three (3) hour program that the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers to congregations looking for ministers, and the UCS Ministerial Search Committee is encouraging the whole congregation to participate. The UUA’s Jacqui Williams and Katie Lee Crane will participate in a Sunday service centered on this theme. Then, after second service and a light lunch, we are inviting all of you to attend a three-hour workshop to prepare us for challenges that may arise in welcoming a new minister. It includes many possible scenarios. For example:
An African-American minister is excited about serving a congregation that has just called her. Many in the congregation are just as excited, but for different reasons. Some hope she will finally address racial issues the congregation has not fully faced before. Others are patting themselves on the back for calling a minister of color, and feel that that alone puts the race issue to rest. Still others worry that racism is all she will preach about. As one puts it, “She might be angry, have a chip on her shoulder, and only shame us on race issues.” Then, because it’s a very white congregation in a very white community, a few have misgivings about how well she will fit in. This puts the new minister in an impossible situation. No matter what she does to respond to these concerns, she will run afoul of someone. Whose problem is this and how should those responsible deal with it? How would you deal with it?
Calling a minister is important, and will affect the congregation for years. The Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop will give you another chance to be a part of that selection process, and provide more guidance for the Search Committee. If you like a challenge, be sure to join us.
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