Greetings from your new Interim Minister, the Rev. Jennie Barrington.
Dear Members and Friends,
I am happy and honored to be in Columbia, South Carolina serving as your Interim Minister! I can already see that your congregation is an essential oasis of progressive values and liberal social action within a wider community which is so much more conservative, religiously and politically. I can also see that you have a lot of fun together! I am enjoying meeting you all, learning more about you, and working collaboratively with you.
As your interim minister, I provide all the ministry services a full-time parish minister provides. And I help you look at UUCC’s unique strengths, gifts, and identity, as well as help you name some things you might like to do differently. I will do a lot of listening– to how things have been in your congregation’s history, how things are going now (especially the things that are going well, so we can keep them going), and to your hopes and dreams for UUCC’s future. A main goal will be the calling of a new settled minister, who would start in August of 2017.
If you would like to be in touch with me, I would be happy to hear from you. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to introduce yourselves to me– Here is a brief summary of my background:
I am life-long Unitarian Universalist, originally from New England, and have been a UU minister for sixteen years. My most recent position was as the Interim Minister for The UU Church of Little Rock, Arkansas. That was a two-year interim ministry, just as my ministry for UUCC is. And the Little Rock church’s search for a settled minister was a happy success. I have also served as Interim Minister for the UU congregations in: Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, and South Bend, Indiana; Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Pittsfield, Maine. I have especially enjoyed my work in the areas of UU Religious Education for children and youth; church finances, fundraising, and capital campaigns; worship services based on a theme; and advising congregations about how to have a successful search for a settled minister. I was also the settled minister in Winchendon, Massachusetts for seven years. And I have provided support for people who have some disabilities, but also many gifts and graces. I received my Master of Divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary in May of 2001, and have also worked as a paralegal.
I love the fast-paced and short-term goals of Interim Ministry, and I want to help UUCC become as strong, lively, and empowered as possible, in all areas of your congregational life. I’m glad to be in Columbia, a city that is very similar to Little Rock in many ways. And I’m looking forward happily to our time together.
Rev. Jennie (“It’s a privilege to be here.”)