Search Committee

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Will the new minister hear me? Will my concerns and needs be met? Will the minister understand what I’m living with? How will the community respond to our minister? In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender identity, nationality, physical or cognitive ability, race, sexual orientation, etc.) comes to mind. With this picture in place, it can be easy to unintentionally exclude ministers who fall into certain categories. At times, as we get caught...

Get Involved in the Ministerial Search

The members of the Search Committee have been working hard behind the scenes over the summer - receiving training from the UUA, delegating roles, and beginning to gather information. As the church year begins this fall, we are looking forward to hearing from you, the members, friends, and staff of First Parish Watertown, as part of the phase the UUA calls “Building the Structure to Search.” Listening is vitally important in understanding the hopes, visions, and perspectives of the congregation...

Congregational Survey Questions

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about yourself and your experience of our congregation! We estimate the survey will take 20-40 minutes to complete. This survey will help you, our congregational leadership, our Search Committee, and our future minister understand our congregation better. Responses to these questions will help guide cottage meeting discussions and enrich the narrative about our ministry context that the Search Committee shares with ministerial applicants. The survey...

Meet the Search Committee

Judy Kamm, Chair, has found a spiritual home at FPW since 1982. Her roles have included Trustee since 1987; Chair of the Ministry Committee for Rev. Mark Harris for more than a decade; Parish Committee member during our $400,000 heating system replacement project; and founder/coordinator of our annual art show since 2015. Kyle Morton, Co-chair, has been a member of FPW since 2002 or so. Kyle and his wife Kelly have raised two children, Roane (19) and Gates (14), in the church. He served on the...

Our congregation is in an exciting and unusual time. Following the retirement of Reverend Mark Harris after more than twenty years of ministry at First Parish, we are in a two-year interim period while we prepare to call a new minister, to begin in August 2021.

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