Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop

Sunday, December 3rd from 1-4 pm

Some of us may assume that our ideal minister “looks” a certain way or can’t look a certain way: a person of color, Euro-American, affluent, working class, bisexual, gay, lesbian, female, transgender, differently-abled, young, old, single, partnered, native English speaker.

In our efforts to find the best match for our congregation – and help us uncover our hidden assumptions about what that match can or can’t look like, First Parish is hosting a Beyond Categorical Thinking worship service and workshop on December 3nd from 1:00-4:00 pm in Lyon Chapel, led by seasoned facilitator, Jacqui C. Williams. A Beyond Categorical Thinking weekend is a highly recommended part of the ministerial search process.

Ms. Williams will meet with our Search Committee, lead the Sunday service, and facilitate a three-hour “conversation” on Sunday afternoon where we will have a chance to examine how we can avoid letting hidden bias become a part of our search process. This is yet another way for us to put our mission and faith into lived experience and improve the odds that regardless of identity, we will find the minister who is the best match for us and will serve us well.

The Sunday service and workshop offer the entire congregation an opportunity for fuller participation in the search process, and the afternoon workshop, in particular, is designed to help us explore together 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.

The Transition Team and Search Committee hope lots and lots of First Parish members and friends will be at the service led by Ms. Williams, and that many of you will be able to join us after the service from 1:00 to 4:00 for the workshop she will be facilitating. Lunch will be available after the service, and childcare will be available.

Please register so that we can provide enough food and childcare for all!

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