Minister Search Update June 20, 2018

Hello Westside!

It’s your fearless Ministerial Search Team 2019’s delightful representative, Neve Mazique-Bianco, Secretary and Sagittarius. Thus far in our journey together we have met with Nancy Bowen, our advisor and liaison at the UUA, and we began to learn about one another’s strengths and talents: for instance, Eileen Duffy and I are here to bring the party. Luckily, we have our Chair/Captain Jill Jackson to steer this boat home. In addition to learning about one another and the process before us, and entrusting each other with our search team roles, we met with MST 17 and got their advice about what they found important practice and they lovingly passed the torch to us.

One of our first self-assigned tasks was to draft a covenant as a living document and a reminder of our intentions and faith. With Eileen’s assistance, I spearheaded this task, using our congregational covenant as a foundation upon which to build our MST '19 covenant. We’re already feeling pretty inspired by it. Now we’re embarking on planning our Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop, which we are doing everything in our power to ensure is tailored to the shape and capacity of our congregation. We need and desire everyone at Westside to attend (date tba)! Already as a group we have interacted with and begun to address issues of ability, age, race, gender (pronouns!) among ourselves, so we are positive that we still have much to explore as a congregation.

Throughout the summer we will be sacrificing several opportunities for family time, sports games, picking up a new hobby, or turning off our brains, in order to fill out doodle polls with the intention to meet every week in June, and then every other week in July and August. By the time members and visitors of Westside are pouring waters from diverse places into the same singing bowl at the In Gathering service, our congregational survey will be underway. You will have the opportunity to tell us exactly what we need to know about your history with and hopes for this beautiful church.

Signing Off,
Neve

Minister Search Team Update – March 28, 2018

We are once again on the path to call our settled Minister. Our Interim Minister, Rev. Alex Holt, will be here until July 2019 and during that time our new Ministerial Search Team (MST) will be surveying the congregation, holding workshops, and interviewing candidates, hoping to find the right Minister for Westside.

This new search began in early January 2018 when the Discernment Team was put into place. Facilitated by John Britt, the Discernment Team comprised Betsy Lowry, Laura White, Tracy Burrows, Simon Knaphus, Marco Deppe, Thomas Terrence, and Rose Sheppard. The team spent many thoughtful hours going through the completed questionnaires of the congregational members who were nominated to be on the MST. On March 28, 2018 the Discernment Team announced the members of the new Ministerial Search Team: Jill Jackson, Liz Bucklew, Alan Mendel, Neve Bianco, Roseanne Lorenzana, Vanessa Shaughnessy, and Eileen Duffy. This team beautifully reflects the diversity and interests of our congregation and I am so grateful for their service.

Rev. Nancy Bowen, our Regional Transitions Coach, will be visiting WSUU from her home in Albuquerque during the first weekend in May, when she will hold a retreat for the new MST, as well as be in the pulpit on Sunday, May 6th. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the video she prepared detailing the search process (see below), I would highly recommend that you do so.

During this summer, the new MST will be organizing and preparing for the hard work ahead for both them and the congregation. It is imperative that all members of our congregation take part in the workshops and surveys that will be held this fall determining the strengths, values, and characteristics we are looking for in our new minister. Please read your Westside Week every week and check back to this page to learn about your role in this process.

In loving community,
Patti McCall, Board President