November 2022 was a busy month for the Search Committee. Excluding the week of Thanksgiving, the Committee has met weekly. Here is a brief summary of what was accomplished.
Thanks to the work of our Negotiating team (Pete Sutliff and Rick Goldberg) along with Xina Stewart, Chris Doozan and Rev. Fred Woodon, the Draft Agreement, Compensation package and the Contract Change forms were completed on time and submitted to the UUA.
Julie Bodson and Pete wrapped up the cottage meetings. Julie and Suzy Kinnen summarized the two survey results. These answers from the Congregation were used to answer the Congregational Record.
The Congregational Record was due on Dec. 1. The Committee began transcribing the responses from the above surveys into the record in mid-Nov. By working together (many hands make for lighter work!), we completed the 54 question document, and submitted it early enough to get feedback from our UUA helpers. Feedback helped us clarify answers for prospective ministers. We met via Zoom for the editing and Sheria was our transcriber. The document was complete and submitted on time!!!
Now we have the month of December to relax a bit. This is planned relaxation time for the Search Committee because job applicants are now able to view our Congregational Package. The next step, which begins Jan 2, is our opportunity to view the ministers who are interested in our Congregation.
Our Committee Co-Chair, Amy Vansen chaired our committee meetings via Zoom. Julie Bodson continued to keep us all on a timely schedule. Sheria Robinson-Lane takes minutes and makes sure our thoughts and decisions are coherent.
Minister Search Committee Members Julie Bodson, Linda Gobeski, Rick Goldberg, Suzy Kinnen, Sheria Robinson-Lane, Pete Sutliff, Amy Vansen
Below is how we have distributed our work for the next 7 months. Co-Chairs: Julie/ Amy Communications: Linda/ Suzy Treasurer: - Amy Negotiating Team: Pete/ Rick, plus one Board member Cottage Meeting/Focus Groups Coordinator: Julie/ Pete Beyond Categorical Thinking Coordinator: Sheria Neutral Pulpits Coordinators: Linda/ Suzy Congregational Survey Coordinators: Suzy/ Sheria Congregational Record Coordinators: Sheria/ Suzy Documents Packet Coordinator: Julie Interview Coordinator: Pete Reference Checker: Rick Pre-Candidate Weekend Arrangement Coordinators: Linda/ Sheria Candidating Weekend Arrangement Coordinators: Group effort with assistance from the Membership Committee Process Observer: Rotating Note Taker: Sheria