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Next Service

Four Sources

Sunday, February 5, 2023

10:00 a.m. In-Person and Online

Service Leaders:
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Minister
John Herrick, Director of Music

All About Interim Ministry and the Transition Team

UUCC has hired an intentional interim minister whose role is to help the congregation shift from focusing on the departed minister to readying the community for a new settled minister.

The Transition Team was established to lead the congregation through the five Focus Points of Interim Ministry and work with the Interim Minister and the Board of Trustees to prepare the congregation for settled ministry. The Five Focus Points are Heritage, Mission, Leadership, Connections (or Linkage), and Future (or Vitality). These five points are the work of the congregation during the interim period.

The interim minister has a set of tasks to accomplish as well, the first of which is Joining the System, which leads to Analyzing the System.

It is my job in this process to attend to and monitor the goals of the interim period at the same time I observe patterns and trends in the life of the community. I am here to be curious about why things are the way they are – not to judge the congregation as right or wrong, but to invite you to be clear about your values, your goals, and your process. I have specific expertise in governance and systems that I’m able to apply as well. It is my role to ask why, and to invite you to do things on purpose, not simply because they’ve always been done that way. (Rev. Lisa Bovee Kemper)

UUCC has done a fair amount of work over the last few years on mission, vision, and governance, so we have a good starting point to either validate or refine. At the same time, The COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and the way the ongoing presence of the novel coronavirus in our midst has had a significant impact on pretty much every institution, and religious communities are no different. Part of our work during the interim period will be to pay attention to the specific impacts on this community and layer that knowledge and reflection around trends within the congregation into the interim process.

What’s Happening Now

12/14/22 UPDATE

The Interim Minister Transition Team met twice during the month of December. We welcomed Shandra Stout to the team, bringing the membership up to four (Shandra, Rev. Lisa, Melissa Vullo, and John Burns).

In addition to providing a sounding board/check-in point for Lisa in her role as interim minister, the team is actively working to support the work of clarifying our identity, which is foundational to pursuing a settled minister.

The team is sponsoring a service on January 29 to “tell our story” of the UUCC, highlighting key events, people and accomplishments in the 75-year history of our community. This is part of engaging the first interim task “Coming to Terms with Our Story.” It is important for a congregation in transition to know their history so that they can appreciate their heritage and at the same time be aware of any issues and concerns that need to be resolved in order to move freely into the future. We will include a post-service discussion session to see what thoughts and feelings arise from that.

Also for the new year, we are developing a calendar of group meetings, held both via Zoom and in person, likely structured similarly to the mission and vision discussion groups of a few years ago, to gather feedback and hopes for the future of UUCC. We hope to see those executed during first quarter, 2023 and will work closely with the Board of Trustees on them, as we work towards the formation of a settled minister search team.

In the new year, stay tuned to Currents, and look for a dedicated spot on the website where you’ll find all the updates and information (look! here it is, right here, you’re looking at it!). The transition team is committed to communicating regularly with the congregation as the interim period continues, and we are available to answer any questions you may have as well.