Ministerial Search

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...

Special Congregational Meeting – September 13, 2020

We will also be having an important congregational meeting following our first service of the church year, at 12:00 on September 13, held online.

The Search Committee, which has been working hard this summer, would like to update you on their activities and also announce several activities planned for this fall which we will help us all begin to think about the qualities we would like to see in our new minister.  We also have some financial decisions to make regarding repairs to the Parsonage as well as the Meeting House.

From the Parish Committee – May 22, 2020

The Parish and Nominating Committees are really busy!  We are in the process of collecting nominations for our Ministerial Search Committee this week.  Our goal is to try and reach every member and friend to give them an opportunity to nominate someone for the Search Committee.  If you are able, please sign up for one of the remaining small group discussions.  You will be getting an e-mail reminder this week.  If you cannot participate, but wish to make a nomination of someone ( or yourself)...

Seeking Search Committee Nominations

The next step in our search for our new settled minister is to solicit nominations from the congregation for members to make up our Ministerial Search Committee.  In the coming week, we will be holding a series of small group virtual meetings, facilitated by a member of the Parish Committee or Nominating Committee. There will be time to discuss the qualities needed for someone to serve on a Ministerial Search Committee and the commitment required of its members, as well as a chance to ask lingering questions about the search process.  At the end of the meeting, you will be asked to confidentially submit your nomination to the facilitator.

From the Parish Committee – April 24, 2020

In times like these it is easy to just want to give up and lose hope.  The moments I seem to be happiest are when I feel I am moving through this darkness toward some light – any light!  Our strong church community is one of the things that has given me hope and strength.  The fact that we have managed to stay connected in meaningful ways during this period is a source of such pride and inspiration.  I am so appreciative of Wendy’s leadership, our strong and creative staff and the amazingly...

From the Parish Committee – March 27, 2020

During this trying time, we are remaining optimistic and thinking ahead to better times.  At our last meeting we planned for a process to nominate our Ministerial Search Committee.  Our plan is to focus on this during the month of May.  The Parish Committee and the Nominating Committee will be contacting every member and friend of this parish during May to discuss your ideas on our settled minister search and to hear from you who you would nominate to represent our congregation on the Search...

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