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Ministerial Search

Search Process Engagement

Selecting a minister for a congregation is one of the most important processes in a congregation's life. The Ministerial Search Team (MST), appointed to lead this effort wants as many congregational leaders, members, and friends in the UUCR community to participate as possible. 

Here are a number of opportunities. Please go to each of the links for more information. 

Your Voices Matter!

  • BEYOND CATEGORICAL THINKING: Monday Evening, April 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Optional Virtual Potluck begins at 6:30 p.m.) Details and RSVP here: bit.ly/UUCR-BCT. Click here on Monday to join the meeting; or, join by telephone at (301) 715-8592 and enter Meeting ID 617 948 6409, using the Password 19182020.
  • COTTAGE MEETINGS: Thank you for your participation! Our Cottage Meetings have been completed.
  • UUCR SEARCH TEAM SURVEY at bit.ly/UUCR-MST-Survey  Deadline: Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. (A printable .pdf of the survey is available here.)

Search Process Information

Search Process Timeline

  • March – mid-April: Discernment
  • April 19: Announce whether MST chooses Rev. Rebekah as our candidate and she accepts candidacy. (Update: she accepted!)
    • ​If yes:
      • April 19 & May 3: Candidating weeks
      • May 3: Candidating Sermon & Congregational Vote
    • If no: 
      • Conduct external search process 

Ministerial Search Team Members

Member of the Ministerial Search Team, pictured from left to right, are Jim Blue, Fran Lowe, Mark Stiles, Karen Pittleman, Nancy Spencer, Cynthia Shires-Thurston, and Michael Mignano.

Cochairs Fran Lowe and Karen Pittleman can be reached together at SearchTeamChairs@uucr.org.


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