On Wednesday, to our disappointment but not complete surprise in this COVID-complicated year, UFP learned from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Transitions Office that we do not have a match for Interim Minister in the first round of the search process.
A second round of matching congregations with Ministers begins Monday. About half of the congregations in search — more than 25, large and small across North America — do not have a match in Round 1. “It’s a very tough year,” the UUA says.
Round 2 lasts two weeks. We may get the match we want in this round — that is the news we most want to share. But our multiple leadership teams have also understood from the beginning that we may not find a candidate to start Aug. 1.
So on Sunday, members of the Board, Interim Search, Committee on Ministry and Creative Worship Team are gathering informally with Rev. Julie, with all our creativity and commitment, to update each other, look ahead and explore possibilities and potential backup plans. The Board will keep the congregation up-to-date every step of the way.
— Ben Wolfe, President