Update on the Ministerial Search Process
Ministerial Search Committee Planning Busy Fall for Members and Friends
First Parish is more than half way through the process for calling a new settled minister to begin service in August 2018. The Transition Team, co-chaired by Anne Copeland and Jami Jordan, has done the work of the first year and a half of the search process since the arrival of our remarkable Interim Senior Minister, Rev. Rebecca Bryan, in January 2016. With Rev. Rebecca’s support and guidance, the Transition Team has been helping us identify who we are as a congregation through the late fall 2016 all-congregation survey and other outreach, listening and information-gathering efforts. The Ministerial Search Committee, chosen by the Parish Board in June based on voting by the congregation, is doing the final year of the search process. To ensure a smooth “passing of the torch” of responsibility, we will be interviewing the Transition Team to make sure that we are “up to speed” on what its members have learned so far.
This fall, we are focused on outreach to learn more about who we are as a congregation with a focus on what the congregation values and what we are seeking in our next settled minister. Please consider participating in any of the following ways:
Complete the ministerial search survey
The survey was open from Wednesday, September 20 through Sunday, October 1. We will share results with the congregation in December.
Attend a Ministerial Search Forum
Attend at least one Ministerial Search Forum, an opportunity for structured conversation with one another and Search Committee members about our community and our hopes and dreams for its next minister. The fall Circle Supper – which is going to be held in Lyon Chapel and Peterson on October 14th – is going to be one of our fall Ministerial Search Forum options.
Beyond Categorical Thinking Service and Workshop
POSTPONED - new date TBD
The Search Committee will sponsor and a UUA-led discussion and dialogue on hidden bias following the Sunday service, which will also be led by our facilitator. Service from 11-12:15 and Worshop from 1:00-4:00. Childcare provided.
Calendar for Ministerial Search Forums:
- October 8th (Sunday before and after service): 9:00-10:30am & 12:30-2:00pm
- October 11th (Wednesday evening): 7:00-8:30pm
- October 14th (Saturday morning): 9:30-11:00am
- October 14th (Saturday evening): Circle Supper at First Parish
- October 15th (Sunday before service): 9:00-10:30am
- October 19th (Thursday evening): 7:00-8:30pm
- October 29th (Sunday after service): 12:30-2:00
Date TBD: Beyond Categorical Thinking Service and Workshop – Workshop from 1-4 pm
December 3rd: Forum to Share and Seek Feedback on Congregational Record – before service
December 10th: Forum to Share and Seek Feedback on Congregational Record – after service
This first phase of our work ends on November 30th when we finish “translating” what we learn into a document the UUA calls “The Congregational Record”. The Congregational Record is intended to be an honest and comprehensive picture – using both quantitative and qualitative data – of who we are. We submit the Congregational Record to the UUA who shares it with prospective candidates so they can use it to discern whether or not they think their hopes and skills are a good match for First Parish in Brookline. The Search Committee will share the Congregational Record with the congregation and hold two forums in December to share the major themes we found and listen to members’ feedback.
There are several ways to stay up-to-date with the Search Committee's progress:
- Visit this page for updates.
- Take a look each Sunday at the Ministerial Search Bulletin Board that we’re using to highlight ways you can be involved.
- Check out our progress reports and invitations in the monthly FPB Newsletter and the weekly Thursday email blast.
- Reach out to any of us: we’re the ones with the blue nametags with the invitation to ask us questions and share your thoughts and feelings.