Think of a Minister. Don't Think of an Elephant.

Chances are you thought of both. Perhaps distinct images came to mind.  In terms of a minister, what were they?  Was it a person of a particular gender, race, or age?

Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the ministerial search process for our congregation. This program is over 20 years running, and seeks to address the very real discrimination ministers in our faith who are people of color, bisexual, gay, lesbian, female, transgendered, differently abled, young, old, ethnically different, or of a different class still face as part of a ministerial search. This program will provide us a chance to examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process.

In our continued efforts to find the best match, our congregation will host a Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop and worship service on Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8.  We will have a trainer, Amanda Schuber, from the UUA, come and meet with our search committee, lead the Sunday services on November 8, and facilitate a 3 hour conversation from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on November 7.

We hope the entire congregation will join us in this opportunity for fuller participation in the search process. It will allow us to explore our hopes and concerns for a new minister, learn more about the search process, and see how our own history (both personal and congregational) might interfere with our efforts in this search.

Sign up sheets for the Saturday workshop will be posted in the social hall, or contact Michele Wallace, or Merle Denuccio to sign up, or for more information.  Child care will be available if requested before November 1.

See you there!