Worship is the heart of any church community. It is in worship where everyone gathers and listens, sings, laughs and shares together. It is where community is built and common understandings are made. In worship we lift up that which is most beloved, most valued, most holy to us. My role in worship is to lead but also to draw from the life of the congregation and lives of the congregants that which is real and in need of encouragement or response. It is a time when we gather to honor traditions, make meaning and to discover our deepest questions. It is a time, as a minister, to express pastoral caring, ideas for church development, and connection with our history and theology. It is a time to be authentically true to ourselves and open to the power of being together in the search for truth. Through worship we reach toward our wholeness as individuals and as a beloved community.
Sharing our faith with our children and youth is the greatest ministry of our church. Their sense of wonder and spirituality are encouraged and fostered when the adults around them are willing to listen and explore with them. Engaging with the children and youth on Sundays, participating in their events, and supervising the RE leader(s) are all part of the minister’s role. Adult RE is just as important and facilitating classes that explore theology, history and leadership development are a great joy of mine.
Social Justice Work
Keeping our hearts open to the injustices in our society and working to change them is part of our faith. Bringing issues to our awareness, seeking to educate ourselves so that we can make intelligent and compassionate choices, and taking action where possible are all ways we make our world a better place.
Interim Ministry is different from settled ministry in that our role is to guide the transition from the previous called minister to the new called minister. This is more of an inward focus for the congregation than one would have during a settled ministry. The Interim Minister works with a team of members (the Transition Team) that help them get up to speed quickly, learning about the church and meeting many people. There are five processes that are recommended by many those who have traveled this journey before you. While they are tailored to your congregation’s needs, they represent the areas of greatest benefit to concentrate on throughout the transition. My work will be to guide you through these processes and to be a mirror for you to grow and develop.
Connection to the UUA
Most congregations have some connection with the UUA, but often it can be limited to the need of the moment and the breadth and depth of resources at the UUA and Districts are not always obvious to the congregation. My role is to inform and assist you in taking full advantage of those resources.