Settled Minister Search NEWS

The Settled Minister Search Team (SMST) welcomes and appreciates congregant’s suggestions. Please include your contact information: ministersearch@uucwnc.org.


NEWS  |  The Latest Steps in the Search Process: 


Message from the Settled Minister Search Team

On behalf of the Settled Minister Search Team, we want to update you about our progress in this important effort. We remind everyone that UUA guidelines require that our work remain confidential in the interests of BOTH the ministers AND the congregations involved in search. However, we can share with you that the Team has thoroughly reviewed the available information about ministers who have expressed interest in our congregation and completed the initial Zoom interviews with them. We have also interviewed those ministers’ references.

As you know, the Team conducted 15 cottage meetings and a detailed Congregational Survey, which provided wonderful information about who we are, what we desire in our next minister, and where we want this congregation to go in the future. Much of that information was contained in the Congregational Record and the Survey Report that were included in the documentation available to ministers who are in search. The Board of Trustees has received these documents, and they will be shared with the congregation later this spring. We are pleased to say that everyone who has seen the documents has expressed enthusiasm and encouragement for our future.

The survey received 107 responses – nearly 90% of which were from members. We are happy to share a few key findings that inform our search process: A significant majority want a Minister who will deliver inspiring and challenging Sunday Services, provide Pastoral Care, work with our great teams & committees, reach out to the community, and help the Congregation imagine its future and promote the changes we desire. One last take-away from the Survey: We really like and trust each other! The bonds of friendship and spiritual community we’ve forged together are a KEY ingredient in keeping this Congregation the terrific group it is! We are taking all of those bonds and that great energy and information with us into the next steps of this work.

And what can our Congregation do to help? Two (2) things! First, please get involved in our Stewardship activities this April. The Generous Life Team will be providing more information within the next couple of months. And Second – Keep being the vibrant, actively engaged Congregation that we are so proud to represent. If you want ideas about where to spend your energies, our February 11 Team/Committee Fair will be full of them!

Thanks,

Thea Hagepanos – for the Settled Minister Search Committee

9/19/2023 | Congregational Survey Questionnaire


Dear UUCWNC Congregant,

Let us hear from you!

Have you submitted your completed Congregational Questionnaire? The Settled Minister Search Team (SMST) reminds everyone to complete the online survey form by clicking this link. Your responses are due by midnight, Sunday, September 24th.

Make sure your experiences in our congregation, your preferences for our new settled minister, and your hopes for our ministry in years to come are shared with the SMST. Your input is necessary for us to create our Congregational Record, which will be reviewed by ministerial candidates.

Everyone who received the original survey email on September 8th is receiving this reminder because all submissions are anonymous. There is no email tracking of survey responses. So, if you already responded, thank you! If not, plan to spend about 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Be sure your voice is heard!
Complete the questionnaire by clicking this link. And remember to click the “Submit” button at the end.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact ministersearch@uucwnc.org  and a team member will respond.

Sincerely,

The Settled Minister Search Team

Questionnaire PDF document


9/08/2023 | Congregational Survey Questionnaire


Dear UUCWNC Congregant,

As you know, we are seeking a settled minister to lead our congregation in years to come. This effort is being led by the Settled Minister Search Team (SMST), which is responsible for describing our congregation and its history, and accurately representing the congregation’s desires regarding our next settled minister. The congregational survey questionnaire is a key element in that effort.

The information gained from this survey and our numerous cottage meetings will enrich our Congregational Report, which is the initial way that ministerial candidates learn about our congregation’s characteristics and desires.

For these reasons, it is vital that as many congregants as possible complete the questionnaire, which should take 30-40 minutes for most people. The deadline is Sunday, September 24th.  SMSC members will be at church on Sundays to answer questions and assist in any way possible. We will have print copies available on Sundays, but it would be most helpful if you complete the questionnaire online.

Note that your email address is not tracked, so all responses are purely anonymous. Please be as honest as possible. The SMST needs to fully understand your experiences in this congregation, along with your hopes and desires for our ministry in years to come. But if a question makes you feel uncomfortable or is not applicable to you, you may skip it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact ministersearch@uucwnc.org and a team member will respond.

Thank you for completing this important survey.

Remember, your questionnaire must be submitted by Sunday, September 24th.

Sincerely,

UUCWNC Settled Minister Search Team

If you wish to preview the questionnaire or print a blank copy, please open the attached PDF document.

Please begin the online Congregational Questionnaire by clicking this link.


9/07/2023 | Congregational Survey & Cottage Meetings


Congregational Questionnaire & Cottage Meeting Poster displayed in Lobby

Plus the following announcement appeared in the UUCWNC Weekly Digest Sept 7, 2023

Important Announcement on our Settled Minister Search

Our Congregational Questionnaire will be released TOMORROW, September
8th! The Settled Minister Search Committee (SMSC) is asking each Member and
Friend of this Congregation to please fill out the Questionnaire before Midnight,
Sunday, September 24th – so we can add your ideas to our collective wishes for our
next Settled Minister and our future direction!

The Questionnaire is comprehensive and takes about 35 minutes or so to complete
(times may vary based on contemplation style!). Look for an email from “Minister
Search” in your inbox on September 8th, then just follow the instructions to
complete the Questionnaire/Survey. Remember to hit the “Submit” button when
you finish (We want to RECEIVE your answers)! Your responses to this
Questionnaire are confidential and will remain so. Also, we’ll have members of the
Search Committee available for assistance with Questionnaire completion after
Sunday Services, if you should have any concerns or logistical issues.

* IN ADDITION * our Committee will be holding conversations with members
throughout the remainder of September. These Focus Groups will be taking place
on Sunday afternoons, after Service AND during selected Committee/Team
meetings during September. We want to hear from as many congregants as
possible! Please “stay tuned” for when these Focus Groups are happening and
check out our “Searchin’ ” Poster in the Lobby, our Weekly Digest, Sunday Service
Announcements and your email in-box for more information!

See you soon for our Conversations,

Thea Hagepanos
for the Settled Minister Search Committee


8/18/2023 | “Beyond Categorical Thinking” 6:30-8pm


“Beyond Categorical Thinking

The Settled Minister Search Committee invites ALL Congregation members to join us for two Zoom meetings, “Beyond Categorical Thinking”.  These meetings, led by UUA, are held by all Searching Congregations to encourage us to think differently and more broadly as we consider our choices of ministerial candidates.  This interactive and informative program takes place Friday, August 18, 6:30 – 8pm and Saturday, August 19, 9:30 – 11am.

Please attend both sessions if you are able, though one is better than none!

To prepare for the meeting, please fill out this 5-minute questionnaire, then read and have available this document for the meetings.  Use this Zoom link to join.

This information can also be found on the website; the link is also available on the calendar.

Thank you,

Thea Hagepanos
for the Settled Minister Search Team


8/19/2023 | “Beyond Categorical Thinking” 6:30-8pm


“Beyond Categorical Thinking

The Settled Minister Search Committee invites ALL Congregation members to join us for two Zoom meetings, “Beyond Categorical Thinking”.  These meetings, led by UUA, are held by all Searching Congregations to encourage us to think differently and more broadly as we consider our choices of ministerial candidates.  This interactive and informative program takes place Friday, August 18, 6:30 – 8pm and Saturday, August 19, 9:30 – 11am.

Please attend both sessions if you are able, though one is better than none!

To prepare for the meeting, please fill out this 5-minute questionnaire, then read and have available this document for the meetings.  Use this Zoom link to join.

This information can also be found on the website; the link is also available on the calendar.

Thank you,

Thea Hagepanos
for the Settled Minister Search Team




The Settled Minister Search Team (SMST) welcomes and appreciates congregant’s suggestions. Please include your contact information:  ministersearch@uucwnc.org.

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The Settled Minister Search Team

– Dan Wheat-Rivers
– Elizabeth MacLeod
– Cornelia Maxted
– Sara Jarvis
– Bob Harootyan
– Stephen Axhelm
– Thea Hagepanos

with Rev. Dr. Kathy Hurt
(July 2023)


Note: The UUCWNC Board of Trustees and our congregation are committed to supporting our strong Settled Minister Search Team (SMST) which reflects diverse life experiences and heart-felt connections to our congregation.