Search Committee Team Update!
This is the point in time when our Search starts to get exciting! We’ve completed our research and compiled the information into an online Packet of essays and charts. Now, we have a chance to breathe a little bit while our UUCVH profile circulates through the UUA online match-making process.
Coming up soon… BCT! (What’s that?)
BEYOND CATEGORICAL THINKING
THINK OF A MINISTER. DON’T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT.
Chances are you thought of both. And distinct images perhaps came to mind. In terms of a minister, what images came to mind? Was it a person of a particular gender, race, or age?
Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the search process for our congregation. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us.
Other congregations have assumed that their ideal minister looks a certain way, and often ministers who are not white or male or heterosexual or able-bodied or of a particular age or class are discounted and seen as “less than” in some ways.
Ministers in our faith who are people of color, bisexual, gay, lesbian, female, transgender, differently-abled, young, old, ethnically different, or of a different class—all of these credentialed ministers still face discrimination as part of the ministerial search process.
In our efforts to find the best match, UUCVH is planning to host a Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop.
We will have trainers come and facilitate a 2-3-hour conversation where we will have a chance to examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process. This is yet another way for us to put our faith into lived experience and improve the odds that regardless of identity, we will find the minister who is the best match for us and will serve us well. This opportunity allows the entire congregation 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.
Plan to attend and participate in this BCT program provided by the UUA.
Schedule details will be announced as soon as possible – we’re aiming for January, 2015.
The BCT program is now 20 years running and proves very useful and valuable to the congregations in the search process.
Your Search Committee Team,
- Deane Phinney, Co-Chair
- Terresa Jones, Co-Chair
- Jerry Buchanan
- Roy Lopez
- Howard Richman
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