Search Timeline | Search Process | Ministerial Search Team


Our congregation is currently in the middle of a planned two-year transition period between called senior ministers. Our Minister Emerita, Rev. Geisenhainer, retired in August, 2016. We expect our next settled Senior Minister to join us on the UUAA's Road to the Dawning Future in the Fall of 2018!


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Since August, 2016 we have been energetically served by our wonderful UUAA staff led by our Interim Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Douglas Wadkins. Rev. Wadkins both serves in the Senior Minister role at UUAA and helps us prepare for calling a new settled senior minister. His interim ministry skills are helping us work on our governance, pastoral care program and other key tasks that we need to complete before we call our next settled senior minister. Rev. Wadkins has been assisted in his work by his UUAA Transition Team.


Our Ministerial Search Team has begun the exciting work of preparing to search for our next settled Senior Minister. Over the next weeks and months the Ministerial Search Team will be asking for your input to help guide the search process. Please plan to take part in an all-congregation survey that will provide ministerial candidates with a good snapshot of the demographics, beliefs and vision for the future of our current congregation. There will also be opportunities to take part in small discussion groups and give voice to qualities you hope to see in our next minister.


Important Announcements from the Ministerial Search Team

(updated 10/4/2017)

PhotoBooth* Visit the video "Photo Booth" on Sunday October 8th between services, or Sunday, October 15th after both services. Drop in to the Fahs Chapel and take one minute or less in front of the video camera to tell us “something you love about UUAA.” This is for anyone and everyone of all ages. Think about your answer ahead of time, or be totally spontaneous. Wear a UUAA t shirt if you want to.

*THANK YOU to the 450 congregants who took time to add their voices to the all-congregation ministerial search survey.  Most people found it a thought-provoking and uplifting experience and the information will help the Search Team create an accurate snapshot of the demographics and hopes for the future of today's UUAA. And THANK YOU to over 50 adult congregants and the YRUU group for lending their voices to the small group Listening Sessions that concluded Oct 1st. All of this information is now being reviewed by the Search Team, who will create an accurate profile of our congregation and create a description of our hopes for our next senior minister.

More information is available on this web site and on the bulletin board outside the Social Hall. Watch for the Dawning Future logo (shown at the top of this page) that marks ministerial search information in the UUAA Bulletin and Newsletter.


Ministerial Transition Time Line - The Search is On



UUAA can look forward to calling our next wonderful settled Senior Minister in April of 2018. The new minister would then join us in August or September of 2018

 This timeline shows both our accomplishments so far and the future milestones in the search process.



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An application for an interim senior minister was submitted to the UUA (by the Board of Trustees interim ministry task force).


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Rev Doug Wadkins accepted the offer to serve as our Interim Senior Minister, from August 2016-18.


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The Board of Trustees appointed the Transition Team to assist Rev Wadkins with transition activities.


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 UUAA bid a fond farewell to our now Minister Emerita, Rev Geisenhainer. (She has retired to Maine.)


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Interim Senior Minister Doug Wadkins arrived, beginning his 2 years with us.


 checkedcircleMarch / April 2017

The Board of Trustees accepted recommendations for members of the Ministerial Search Committee (now called the Ministerial Search Team).


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At our Annual Meeting, the congregation elected 4 Search Committee members and then the Board appointed an additional 3 members.


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The Ministerial Search Team held a retreat with a regional UU advisor and began meeting regularly.



 Sept 6 - 29, 2017

Congregational Survey: 450 congregants took part in a survey that helps the Search Team paint an accurate picture of the current demographics and religious views of the UUAA congregation. It collected our thoughts on the qualities we most value in a senior minister candidate.


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Search Team Listening Sessions: Over 50 congregants and the YRUU group added their voices to small group discussions about the future needs of UUAA. Discussions were led by members of the Ministerial Search Team.


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Photo Booth! All congregants of all ages are invited to step in front of a video camera and in one minute or less tell us something you love about UUAA. The MST will use some of the clips from the video in materials that describe UUAA to ministerial candidates. The videos may also be used on this web site in the future. You will need to sign a photo release form when you sign in (adults need to sign for youth under 18).


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The Ministerial Search Team will submit an application for a Senior Minister (along with initial information about the UUAA congregation) to the UUA Transitions Office. Ministers who are seeking positions can review this information and decide if they are interested.


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The Ministerial Search Team will receive and review the records of ministers who have expressed interest in our Senior Minister position. The team will conduct phone interviews and then select 3 or 4 "pre-candidates"  to consider as a possible final candidate for Senior Minister. Additional in-depth information is exchanged and in-person interview dates are selected.


uncheckedcircleFeb - March, 2018

Pre-candidating week ends: Pre-candidates will come to Ann Arbor and the Ministerial Search Team will listen to a sermon by the pre-candidate delivered at a neutral pulpit outside of Ann Arbor. The team will interview each pre-candidate thoroughly, getting to know them as well as possible.


uncheckedcircleMarch, 2018

Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop: All congregants are invited to take part in this UUA provided workshop that helps congregations discover their biases and helps them think more broadly about what sort of minister they would be happy to welcome to their pulpit.


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The Ministerial Search Team will present a provisional offer to a final candidate.


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CANDIDATING WEEK! All congregants will have opportunity to meet the final candidate for Senior Minister. The candidate will deliver sermons on two Sundays and will take part in UUAA activities during the week between. On the final Sunday of candidating week UUAA members will vote on whether to call the candidate as our next Senior Minister.


uncheckedcircleAugust / September, 2018

UUAA enthusiastically greets our thirteenth settled Senior Minister in our 153 year history.


 Search Timeline  | Search Process  | Ministerial Search Team


Use this link to send email to the Ministerial Search Committee.

 WATCH for the "road to the dawning future" logo (top of this page) that will direct you to information about our ministerial transition.