First of all, I just have to say…Congratulations! I’m so exited for you and for Rev. Sophia as you look forward to beginning the next chapter of your adventure together! While you were spending your time getting to know Rev. Sophia – and she, you – during your Candidating Week, I was attending the annual conference of the Transitional Ministers Chapter of the UU Ministers Association (UUMA). Each year we meet to sharpen our skills and to deepen our connections to one another and our...
Your Search Committee is anticipating (hopefully!) the culmination of our work with you, the congregation, to welcome our next settled minister. On Sunday, May 2, at 12:15 congregation members will meet to vote on whether or not to call our candidate, Reverend Sophia Lyons. At the meeting, the Search Committee will present why we believe she will be a great minister for First Parish of Watertown. Time for questions and discussion will follow before the vote. Candidating Week has been a time...
We know you are curious about Rev. Sophia and awaiting the chance to get to know her! Candidating Week will run from April 24 to May 2, 2021. During this busy week there will be small group, larger group, and congregation-wide times to meet Rev. Sophia.
Your FPW Search Committee members are delighted to formally announce that Rev. Sophia Lyons is our ministerial candidate! We have so many things to tell you about her, but first and foremost, we are grateful beyond words that she followed this path to our congregation.
In the Search Committee’s journey since late January, when we narrowed our candidate field from 24 to 3, we have been busy! Over the course of three weekends in February and March, we’ve conducted 12 hours of interviews, 6 hours of social gatherings, and attended 3 services hosted by other “neutral pulpit” UU congregations.
We have been waiting a lot since mid-March 2020… waiting for a vaccine, waiting to see our loved ones, waiting for a hug, waiting for our communities to be open, waiting for a kinder world… At FPW, there is also waiting for the Ministerial Search Process.
This month, the Parish committee continued “tying up loose ends” by discussing several “who does what?” questions. In the last two years, we have been discovering gaps in our understandings of who does what. We have found many things for which we, as a congregation, need to take responsibility. Wendy has led the Parish Committee with her gentle questions – how does this get done, how does this work? We have been puzzling out the best use of the remaining money in the Capital Campaign Fund...
Wait. What? The Search Committee can’t say anything about pre-candidating ministers?
No. We cannot. Out of respect for the confidentiality of the candidates and their current communities, we can’t tell you things that would give any idea of who they are.
While your Search Committee is not a group of church officials sequestered day and night waiting to send a signal of a decision, we are a group of church leaders working very hard to be sure we have crossed all our t’s and dotted all our i’s on good process to determine the candidate to present to you for a vote in the spring.
What a month it has been for the ministerial search process! We have learned a lot about applicants and this process.