The Ministerial Search Committee is overjoyed to announce that it has reached a preliminary agreement with a new settled minister. Reverend Jeff Liebmann is an experienced Unitarian Universalist minister who has earned final fellowship with the UUA and has served a UU congregation in the Midwest as a settled minister for the past several years. The search committee is pleased to note that he has extensive expertise and experience in religious education and that he has been a leader in social justice activism in his community and state. He will be in Columbia June 11th – 18th, and will lead worship both Sundays. The congregation, per the UUCC bylaws, will vote to call him as the new minister at a meeting following the June 18th service. More details will be forthcoming once the search committee completes the due diligence process and he announces his departure to his current congregation.
Our congregation is currently in an Interim period. Our settled minister, the Rev. Dr. Neal Jones, served UUCC for ten years, concluding in June 2015.
We then began a two-year period during which we are served by a full-time trained UU Interim Minister, the Rev. Jennie Barrington. Rev. Barrington provides us with all the customary ministry services and also guides us through the process of searching for a new settled minister who will begin serving in August 2017. Rev. Barrington is also helping us clarify and strengthen many aspects of our congregational life, including finances and stewardship, governance and committees, rite-of-passage ceremonies, and celebrations large and small.
UUCC has formed a Search Committee comprised of trusted members of the congregation. The Search Committee, following the UUA recommended calendar, will receive applications from and do interviews with Unitarian Universalist ministers who are in search of congregational settlement.
Congregational Survey Results
The Ministerial Search Committee recently finished completing a congregational survey and the result are now available. The Search Committee conducted the survey during August, September and October of this year and the results will be used to provide the UUCC with a clear understanding of what our congregation desires from our next settled minister as well as to provide prospective ministers with an overview of our congregation. The following files provide the raw data results and a presentation of the survey results:
1) Survey Summary Results – Survey Results Excel Sheet.
2) Survey Presentation In Adobe PDF Format – Congregational Survey
Two helpful resources designed to help members and friends better understand the search process include: The Settlement Handbook (PDF, 47 pages) See page 13) and The Resource Guide for Ministerial Search Committees (Word, 71 pages). Don’t have time to plow through all of those pages? Here is a concise one-page checklist so you can check on our progress.
This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about our congregation and ourselves, and to ready UUCC for its very promising future. Follow this page for more information as the process moves forward.